After an exhausting football game this past Sunday that lasted five quarters, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks made a bold appearance on Wednesday, October 26 at a press conference in Virginia.
Dressed in a quintessential Harry Potter costume, the Seahawks cornerback was bursting with personality and magic, as he spoke about his upcoming trick-or-treat plans with his son on Monday for Halloween. At the press conference, Sherman played the Harry Potter theme song on his phone while walking to the podium -- an entrance of which even the Weasley twins would be proud. "You've got to bring your own music," Sherman said. "This is a serious occasion." Aside from the Gryffindor robes, Sherman completed the look with rounded glasses on his head, a Gryffindor tie, and a wand, which he waved throughout the conference.
The media was absolutely ready to ask Sherman some magical (and a few muggle) questions about his love for all things Harry Potter ... and football. So what's his favorite book in the series? Sherman said, “Order of the Phoenix, I think that’s the best one.”
He went on to say that the Seahawks are not unlike many of the people in the Wizarding World. “When you’re a wizard like we are out here, sometimes you have to show it to the Muggles out in the world. We’ve got a lot of wizards -- my son’s a wizard, Earl Thomas does some magical things, Michael Bennett is Black Santa, but he’s also a wizard — so you know, you just have a good time. I just went to Harry Potter-land; I felt like that was home.”
One reporter even asked how long after Sunday’s game it took for him to feel human again. Without missing a beat, Sherman said, “Well, I’m definitely a wizard, so if you’re asking if I feel like a Muggle again, I don’t. But I started feeling better probably around late yesterday, last night, just getting more fluids in me and more energy, legs started getting back under me.”
So which is more difficult, football or Quidditch? Sherman seemed to be undecided. “Five quarters of football is pretty tough, but Quidditch -- the beaters, the chasers, trying to find the golden snitch, things like that -- that’s tough," he said. "Five quarters of football, though, in the elements, I’d say that’d take the cake."
Because, when you're a versatile wizard, you're able to just transition from broomstick to pigskin with ease.
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