by: Chris Legeros Updated:
SEATTLE - His face is plastered on CenturyLink Field. Cornerback Richard Sherman led the NFL in interceptions last year, and helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.
Coach Pete Carroll called him a “relentless competitor.”
Now the team has signed him to a four-year contract extension, worth $57.4 million dollars -- $40million of that is guaranteed.
“I don’t think you could ever plan this as part of any journey, this kind of fairy tale ending or fairy tale beginning,” said Sherman.
Sherman thanked God, his family, teammates and the boss, Paul Allen, for "anteing up" and paying him.
He said the extension was a way of showing him respect. Sherman was a fifth round draft pick in 2011.
He was sometimes dissed by sport writers who doubted he was star material.
On Wednesday the player said, “I guess this is how it feels to be a first rounder for one time.”
The Seahawks fans we spoke with outside CenturyLink Field told us they were excited and believed Sherman is worth the money.
“The stats don’t lie, he led the league last year in a lot of categories,” one fan said.
Now that he's guaranteed financial security for his family, Sherman said he can focus on football.
“We got a lot of people talking smack, like we didn’t win the Super Bowl, so we got to shut them up again,” Sherman said.