I feel lucky to have been able to play with Richard Sherman, even if it was just for one season. He was a great leader on the field and in the locker room. I enjoyed learning everything I could from him on and off the field. As a rookie, it was great to be able to get advice from a vet like him when I needed to.
It was an honor, and I consider myself blessed to have played with him.
But I wouldn’t say my playing style has changed because I played with him. However, by working with Sherm, I was able to adjust to certain things better and bring my playing style to the next level. I think the most important thing he taught me was how to be a professional.
Last year, my rookie year, everything was new for me. So, having a guy like that took the time to teach and advise me as he did was great. Everything he tried to teach resonated with me.
I’m grateful for all the advice he gave me and appreciate his time.
People have asked me if the media has him pegged; is he really like the guy they make him out to be?
I always tell them that I don’t get caught up in all the media hype, so I don’t know-- but I think he’s an amazing guy.
He's so down-to-earth. He's willing to help anybody, whether he's here or if he's not. Being able to contact him, if I need help with anything, he's like a brother to me. I'm glad I have that friendship, to be a part of his life and to have had a chance to play with him.
That's a friend I will always have.
It will be a little weird with him being on a different team, but it’s cool. I don’t really have any feelings about him going to a rival in the 49ers. He’s a great player and will certainly have an impact on their team.
I’m okay with the competition being brought to another level. It will just make winning that much better.