What player most influenced Richard Sherman, who influenced that player, and so on? See how far down the Seahawks rabbit hole goes.

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It started with a question to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: Which player was most important to your career?

The plan was to then find the player who had most influenced Sherman and ask that player who most influenced him — a rabbit hole that would hopefully create something similar to a Richard Sherman “family tree,” or at least a more linear “family branch” of former players.

There were only two conditions: First, it had to be one player, not multiple players and not a coach or parent. Second, it had be a pro player, not a teammate from college or high school. Everything else was fair game, which is why some offensive players picked defensive players and vice versa.

What follows is the chain of players who directly and indirectly led to Richard Sherman: