All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Doug Baldwin spent the Saturday of their bye week being honorary captains for Stanford’s game against the Huskies in Seattle.
That would be the Seahawks’ duo of All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Never captains during their careers at Stanford, Sherman and Baldwin were honorary captains for the Cardinal’s game against the Huskies at the University of Washington on Saturday.
And how cool was that for Sherman, a fifth-round draft choice in 2011; and Baldwin, who made the team as a rookie free agent that same year?
“That’s as cool as it gets for us,” Sherman said after Tuesday’s “Bonus Day” practice. “It was really cool. It’s something you can’t put into words. It’s something you wish would happen a lot more often.”
Sherman and Baldwin played for Stanford coach David Shaw and have remained close to him. So when Shaw made the offer, Sherman and Baldwin were there – before, during and after the No. 14-ranked Cardinal’s 20-13 victory over the Huskies.
“Coach Shaw texted us and asked if we would be interested in doing it,” Sherman said. “Of course, we jumped right on it.”
The incentive for Shaw was having a couple of former Stanford players who not only have made it to the NFL but flourished at the next level address his team.
“They realize the kind of alumni base that school has,” Sherman said of being a part of the group that includes NFL players former (John Elway, Jim Plunkett, John Lynch and James Lofton) and present (Andrew Luck), but also pioneers and highly successful individuals in other professions.
“Obviously Doug and I have been gone for four, five years, whatever it is. We don’t know many of the players, there’s a few left. But they respect us for what we’ve done in this game. And who we are and who we’ve become. So we were able to impart some wisdom on them.”
Then there’s the coincidence that was the Seahawks being on their bye week the same week their alma mater came to Seattle.
“God works in mysterious ways,” Sherman said through a smile. “Sometimes things lineup perfectly.”
By Clare Farnsworth | Seahawks.com | September 30, 2014