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"Don't Change for Anybody": Richard Sherman's Dad Enjoys Life as LA Garbage Man

He taught his kids to never quit, which is why the father of the star athlete is still hard at work and two years shy of retiring and earning a pension.

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    Many of the players in the Super Bowl grew up in Southern California, players such as Richard Sherman of the Seahawks whose family sacrificed a lot along the way. Mario Solis reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (Published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015)

    He's had boots on the ground without fail for 20 straight years.

    Day after day at the break of dawn, Kevin Sherman is on a mission to keep the streets of LA clean and provide for his family.

    Growing up in Compton, the only goal for his children was education and to make sure they end up in a better position than he. And in 2010, his youngest son Richard graduated from Stanford, where he also played football.

    You might know him: Richard Sherman, the dominant cornerback for Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks, one of the best known and most outspoken players in the NFL.

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    The NFL's biggest trash talker received his most important life lessons from a canny trash man.

    "Don't change for anybody," Kevin Sherman said. "Be yourself. Right, wrong, indifferent, nobody can never say you're not yourself."

    Despite losing an eye in a teenage go-karting accident, he taught his kids to never quit, which is why the father of the star athlete is still hard at work and two years shy of retiring and earning a pension.

    "My son is an NFL player, but I don't want my son taking care of me the rest of my life," he said.

    All the while, Kevin Sherman remains in the background collecting memories — Super Bowl rings.
     

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