Richard Sherman is the football hero whose raging rant was heard around the world.
He said, "Obviously, I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently."
And he said he was sorry in a text message: "I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates."
Richard's heroics on the field sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, but the real fireworks started in his post-game interview with Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews. He timed a leap perfectly to block a pass and save the day.
Speaking of timing, he is in an ad for Beats by Dre headphones, released on the very day he became a national figure. It shows Sherman patiently answering questions from a cluster of aggressive reporters. One question in the ad is, "What about your reputation as a thug?"
He responds, "I don't have that reputation."
Michael Strahan agrees. He was covering the big game for Fox Sports, and he stuck up for him on Tuesday on Live with Kelly and Michael.
Strahan said, "He's really a good player and a great guy. I actually feel bad he's caught up in this thuggish thing, because he's not!"
Richard Sherman's parents, Kevin and Beverly, proudly showed off their son's football memorabilia at their home in Compton, California. Richard graduated high school with a 4.1 average.
His mom said, "He never ceases to amaze me."
Overnight, Richard has become the hottest athlete in America. The article he wrote for the Sports Illustrated website: "Those Who Would Call Me a Thug or Worse," was viewed by a record-shattering 4.3 million readers.
Even America’s wealthiest man, Bill Gates, a Seattle native, is talking about Sherman.
Gates said on CBS This Morning, "I hear he's very sharp. It sounded like he was pretty excited to win!"
Of course, the late night comics are having a field day with the mouth that roared.
Jimmy Fallon joked, "To be honest, that's the way I react when I beat Betty White at beer pong."
Jimmy Kimmel even took Sherman’s interview with Andrews and combined it with a Flintstones cartoon to parody his rant.