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January 27th, 2014
11:19 PM ET

Richard Sherman's brother on growing up in Compton: "It was tough, it will be tough for the average kid ... we were able to make it out"

Roughly one week removed from an equal parts entertaining and polarizing post-game interview, and with the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII have sunk inside of seven days, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman continues to be one of the game's most-significant stars and subplots.

On Monday evening, Piers Morgan asked the player's brother – Branton Sherman – to share some insight and perspective on the upbringing that help turn the Compton, Calif. native into Seattle's most-celebrated son:

"It was tough, it will be tough for the average kid," said Monday's guest. "The way our parents raised us to believe in God, to have confidence and faith in what it is that we believe, we were able to make it out, [by] just staying focused in sports, and keeping a positive mind state."

With the dangerous neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles serving as the Sherman brother's home field, Richard and Branton's parents instituted strict rules – which included a disassociation from the prevalent gang culture – so as to keep their sons safe.

While it seemed strict at the time, but years later, Branton now understands why his parents stressed discipline:

"Now that I'm a parent myself, I totally understand everything that our parents put us through. I have a little girl, she's seven years old, and I try to implement all the things that they did, when we were growing up," said Sherman. "You know, growing up we thought a lot of the rules that they gave us were tough because some of the things that we were able to do, and weren't able to do, our peers did something totally different. So, growing up with those rules it was kind of shaky to us, when we were children, but now that we're all adults, we look back and we thank them, and we let them know that we're truly grateful."

Branton's 25-year-old brother has been able to aptly back up his bravado with strong play between the lines, as evidenced by his hauling in 20 interceptions over the course of the last three seasons, an NFL-best for that span.

On Sunday, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks will meet the AFC Champion Denver Broncos in the NFL's first-ever open-air, cold weather city Super Bowl.

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  1. jrt1098

    I don't have a problem with Richard Sherman acting like a buffoon ! I do have a problem with his immediate characterization of the word "Thug" as the new N-word. Why is it everytime a black person gets in trouble they cry RACISM. NO ... Richard we have plenty of White "Thugs" ... and we don't like them either !!! NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT RACE !!!

    Maybe we could ask Michelle Obama if she wants her daughters to date a "Thug" !!!

    January 28, 2014 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Terrance


    When Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper loudly declared on video that he would not only beat someone's A$$.... But he would beat every "N-Word's" A$$ at the Kenny Chesney concert, was he called a thug? How about Ritchie Incognito's rant at the Miami bar where he screamed the n-word and stormed around a bar threatening actual real civilians? Was he a "Thug"?
    As matter a fact, tell me ONE instance where a white athlete/celebrity/average citizen has been called a "Thug".

    Don't worry. I'll wait.

    January 28, 2014 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply

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