Sherman, 26, was one of only 10 people under 30 who made the list. The headline to the Sherman story, written by Sean Gregory, reads:
The NFL cornerback who smack-talks athlete stereotypes.
Sherman came to the nation’s attention after the NFC Championship Game in January when his now infamous postgame rant was seen on national television. But that isn’t why Sherman made this list. An excerpt from Gregory's story:
Sherman’s rant solidified his reputation as one of the brashest and most candid players in the buttoned-up NFL. More important, it sparked a national conversation about race, stereotyping and sportsmanship.
When critics labeled the dreadlocked defensive star a "thug," Sherman, a Compton, Calif.–raised Stanford graduate, engaged the debate, asking if the term was today’s way of calling him the N word? In a heartbeat, Sherman altered the discourse and emerged as the smartest voice in the room.