Richard Sherman finding his footing in first year with 49ers

Earlier this month, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman passed the one-year mark since suffering the devastating Achilles tendon injury that ended his 2017 season early.

Much has changed for Sherman in that year: The Seattle Seahawks released him, the 49ers signed him, he recovered from the Achilles injury, he had a couple of minor injury setbacks and he’s managed to fight through others. He’s also hit a variety of benchmarks in his return from injury,cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping but validation of a return to form might have come in its biggest dose when Sherman was able to play well during a Week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals, then turn around and play four days later against the Oakland Raiders.

“It was really meaningful for me,” Sherman said. “I wanted to do it for the team. Obviously, I’m a competitor, I want to play every game if I can and thankfully the trainers and doctors and everything were able to help me get to where I needed to get to play, so I was excited about it.”6

Given some time to rest after that victory against the Raiders, the 30-year-old Sherman said his legs “felt as good as they’ve ever felt,” and coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh noticed an uptick in his practice performance to go along with it.

“I’m sure it was a great confidence boost for him, too,” Saleh said. “Even as much as he’s done in his career, he could always use a confidence booster. But, for Sherm to be able to stack days up and be able to practice and play games consecutively like that, I’m sure it was a big deal for him.”

On Sunday, Sherman will return to Seattle for the first time in a different uniform, that of his former adversary Niners, no less. As he makes that return, he does so as a team captain for the first time in his career and an integral part in a 49ers defense that is going through more than its share of growing pains.

Sherman, by his own account, has experienced his share of highs and lows this season.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

“It’s been so-so,” Sherman said. “It’s been ups and downs. I’ve had good games where I’ve felt good and been in real control and then other games where I’ve had to just kind of get through it. So as my leg and body progresses, I think I’m going to be feeling better.”

How Plaxico Burress’ shooting may have cost the Giants a title

It has been 10 years, but a conversation about the 2008 New York Giants still gets former All-Pro guard Chris Snee irritated. The memories of how it all unfolded — culminating with the NFC’s top seed losing to the rival Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs — remains too raw.

It might always be that way. Snee doesn’t talk about it with his father-in-law — former Giants coach Tom Coughlin — because he believes they are both too competitive. It would be the equivalent of ripping a Band-Aid off a still-raw blister.

That 2008 season is the one that got away. It’s also the one where, a decade ago this week, wide receiver Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan club.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

“Honestly, it’s still one that haunts me,” Snee said of that ill-fated season, during a recent phone conversation with ESPN. “I don’t think there was a team that could beat us. I really don’t.”

The Giants had beaten the four teams that went on to reach championship weekend (Eagles, Cardinals, Ravens and Steelers) in a five-week stretch earlier in the season. Three of those four wins were on the road.5

They had raced out to a 10-1 record before the Burress incident derailed their season.

“We were the best team in the NFL at the time of the shooting,” Coughlin has said in recent years.

Snee thought that was the best Giants team of that era, even though they had won a Super Bowl the previous year and another four years later. Quarterback Eli Manning said he probably agreed.

“We could hang with anyone and were rolling,” Manning said. “And then obviously lost Plaxico.”

The Giants lost four of their next six games, including 23-11 in the playoffs at Giants Stadium. They failed to score 20 points in each of the four losses. Yet there doesn’t seem to be much ill will or hard feelings toward Burress, even though all seem to agree the shooting was the turning point.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

Maybe it’s because Burress got the worst of it all. He sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and served nearly two years in prison for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. The perfect storm of a public figure violating New York’s stringent gun laws made for a high-profile case that even had the mayor pushing for strict prosecution. The self-inflicted wounds turned Burress’ life upside down and ended his Giants career. After the incident. he caught a total of 48 passes with the Jets (2011) and Steelers (2012).

His teammates aren’t blaming their demise on the receiver, who had caught the game-winning touchdown to beat the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl nine months earlier.