President Obama welcomed the NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House on Wednesday and, within seconds, made fun of cornerback Richard Sherman whose post-game interview following the Seahawks victory over the San Francisco 49ers became a pop culture feeding frenzy earlier this year. "I considered letting Sherman up here to the podium today... giving him the mic, but we’ve got to go in a little bit," said Obama.
It's not the first time Obama has used Sherman's much-discussed interview as comic fodder. Earlier this month, Obama jokingly referred to the advice Sherman gave him for handling unfriendly reporters.
Obama did turn serious about Sherman on Wednesday, however, noting that:
I joke about Richard Sherman, but he grew up in Compton amid some wonderful people, but also gangs and drugs and guns. His dad had to wake up before 4 a.m. every day to drive a garbage truck. But because of his dad’s hard work and his family, and his mom, Richard ended up earning a 4.2 GPA in high school. He won a scholarship to Stanford. (Applause.) He showed kids from his neighborhood that they could make it. And if he seems a little brash, it’s because you’ve got to have attitude sometimes if you are going to overcome some of this adversity. And the fact that he still goes back to inspire high schoolers for higher goals and making better choices, that’s all-star behavior.