Bosworth still feels an affinity for the Seahawks, the only NFL team for which he played. But Bosworth lasted just three NFL seasons. A shoulder injury late in 1988 wrecked his second pro season, and Bosworth played just two games in 1989 before he was sidelined for good.
“It's about a 50-50 campaign up there, whether I'm beloved or hated,” Bosworth conceded.
The ratio is not the same in Soonerville. OU fans remember a linebacker supreme who never gave less than all-out effort. Even those who shook their heads at The Boz's shenanigans recall fondly his ballplaying. Same as Seattle fans no doubt feel about Sherman. Even if you didn't like him dressing down Michael Crabtree on national television, you're glad he's playing cornerback for your squad.
Bosworth didn't want to talk much but did say, “I don't know Richard very well. I just surmise from the way he plays, he's a very intense player that takes the game very seriously.”
I think we all can agree on that. We all can agree that Bosworth took the game seriously, too, even if he did introduce a comic-book character into the proceedings.
“I played with a level of intensity on the field,” Bosworth said. “No question, I was a different human being (on the field). I recognize that. There are some people that can do that. Some people can't.”
Bosworth could. Sherman can.
That's as far as Bosworth is willing to go on the subject of Richard Sherman.
“I can't get in the minds of people,” said Bosworth, but he's probably more attuned than most to what fuels the Shermanator.
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