Reminded that Sherman, the son of a garbage collector and a social worker, had been raised in Compton, Edwards maintained, "In black society, two parents with two jobs, that's middle class."
Back at the Seahawks' Jersey City hotel, Sherman was seeing it a different way. His father had been shot years ago when caught in the middle of gang warfare, and Sherman's best friend in high school had been killed in a shooting.
"I came from a place not a lot of people make it out of," Sherman said, "and I'm just trying to affect the world in a positive way."
Now he's taking on the division between black and white while willingly absorbing some bumps along the way. In other words, Richard Sherman has put the first points on the Super Bowl board.