In Seattle, the secondary comes first

Donerson sees Sherman flying around the field, having the time of his life with his teammates, and he isn't surprised that the Seahawks are successful. Donerson estimated that he had eight guys from Sherman's class go to Division I schools, and all of them graduated. But not before Sherman got in their faces, pushing them to study, telling them he'd hear about them at junior college if they didn't buckle up.

That's the vision Sherman had then for his teammates. The one he has now is different, maybe bigger. But he spent a lot of time planning out both of them. He is still the same playful kid who used to slap his high school coach on the rear before every practice and say, "It's a great day for football."

But Sherman is staying uncharacteristically mum on his predictions for the next month. He doesn't want to jinx anything.

"With the Super Bowl, you get two weeks," he said. "If we make it to that game, I'll have time to come up with everything. But I guarantee you it will be a show."

Plans are being made. Donerson recently ran into Sherman's father, Kevin, who drives a garbage truck in Los Angeles. The coach congratulated the elder Sherman on his son's Pro Bowl selection, and Kevin said thanks.

"You know he's not going to play in it," the elder Sherman told the coach, and Donerson asked why.

"He's going to play in the Super Bowl."

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