As we learned last week with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his “Omaha” call, there are plenty of people who look to take advantage of a popular sports figure when the media attention is surrounding them.
This week, Richard Sherman is getting that attention.
In an attempt to capitalize on Sherman’s success, the Quad City Mallards (Moline, Ill.) of the Central Hockey League have offered Sherman a spot to come play hockey for their team.
In a press release, the Mallards wrote:
The Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League have offered Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who has proven himself “the best cornerback” in football and “ready for bigger and better things,” a new challenge via Twitter- playing hockey for the Mallards.
“Our roster has been depleted in recent days by a series of call-ups to the American Hockey League and we would be happy to give a world class athlete like Richard Sherman the opportunity to help us combat that roster shortage,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara.
The Mallards return to action Thursday night on the road against the Brampton Beast. The Mallards next play on home ice Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers. Should Sherman wish to stay with the Seahawks — despite having already shown himself to be the best in football — until the Super Bowl on February 2, the Mallards would be happy to welcome him in time for the team’s February 5 home game against the Allen Americans.
Of course, this is just a cheap publicity stunt and we should never expect to see Sherman lace up the skates, but crazier things have happened.