Richard Sherman Shares Retirement Story featuring DeVonta Smith

Richard Sherman is a Super Bowl champion, a three-time First-Team All-Pro, a two-time Second-Team All-Pro, and a five-time Pro Bowler. Sherman hosts a successful podcast and recently featured Eagles‘ right tackle Lane Johnson. Richard Sherman shares a retirement story featuring DeVonta Smith.

Richard Sherman

Sherman played his final game as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 12th, 2021. That one was versus the Buffalo Bills, but his decision to retire came eight weeks earlier, according to his podcast. In a primetime affair versus the Eagles in Week 6, he found himself lined up versus then-rookie DeVonta Smith.

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Richard Sherman is one of the greatest cornerbacks of his era. He is probably a first-ballot Hall of Famer when the time comes for that decision to be made. Over his career, Sherman allowed just 18 touchdown passes while grabbing 41 interceptions and breaking up 73 passes. Opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 54.5 when targeting him, which isn’t much better than just throwing it in the dirt.

Richard Sherman Shares a Retirement Story

“DeVonta must’ve run this comeback (route), “I had him under control, I was like, bam, quick jam, easy, had him under control. He must’ve stopped and I tried to stop and my whole groin said, ‘Snap, snap, snap, snap,’ and I said, ‘Whoa, whoa.’ Then you’re trying to guard and chasing him around and you’re like please don’t throw him the ball, please. My coach is looking at me on the sideline like, ‘Hey, you wanna come out, you wanna come out?’ “I’m like, ‘Yeah, but they’re in a hurry-up,’ so I’m like bailing out. At that moment I was like yeah, this is probably my last year. I don’t got it for these young dudes right here.”

Richard Sherman on his Podcast with Lane Johnson

DeVonta enters year three of a young career that could result in a few Pro Bowl nods and All-Pro selections if he continues on the plane he is on and stays healthy.

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Devonta Smith Stats

Smith produced 100 yards on seven receptions (14.3 avg.) in Super Bowl LVII vs. Kansas City, becoming the third player in Eagles history to have 100+ receiving yards in a Super Bowl. He joined Terrell Owens (122) in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England on 2/6/05 and also Corey Clement (100) in Super Bowl LII at New England on 2/4/18. He totaled the most receptions (95) by a WR in Eagles history in 2022 with a career-high 1,196 receiving yards in 2022. Smith teamed up with A.J. Brown (1,496) to become the Eagles’ first 1,000+ yard receiving duo. Devonta set the team rookie record for receiving yards (916) in 2021, breaking the previous mark owned by DeSean Jackson in 2008 (912).

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