The San Francisco 49ers signed Richard Sherman in part for his cornerback skills, but also for his leadership skills. Jennifer Chan will have more on Richard Sherman, the teacher, but in the meantime, second-year cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon brought up some interesting points after practice.
Witherspoon met with the media (video above, or here) and talked about what Sherman brings to the table. Witherspoon figured things would get off to a good start from the moment the team signed him because of a shared trait. Witherspoon celebrates his birthday on March 21st, while Sherman celebrates his on March 30th. How did that play into them developing a productive relationship?
“It’s been very natural. I attribute it to him being a fellow Aries, so we understand each other on a different level. But just on the football side, he’s a great person, teaches me a lot. He’s very active and hands-on, and wants to see my game propel to the next level.”
Witherspoon was just barely an Aries (it opens March 21st), but he thinks they share some common traits that apply in football. Among others, he pointed to confidence, which is obviously slightly important for cornerbacks. Additionally, he said that they’re, “very mellow but when that time comes, have that spark, that fire, competitive.”
I have not been one to completely buy into horoscopes, but hey, if you think it works for you, run with it. And if it means Witherspoon and Sherman develop on-field chemistry as well, I’m all for it!