Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and others spoke about the toll the overtime tie game against the Cardinals took on many of the players.
Sherman had to tended to by the medical staff after he couldn’t quite make it to his locker after a post-game shower, leaning on teammate Bobby Wagner for help.
“They said I had a fever, but I had the shivers and some other … it was bad,” Sherman said Wednesday, per ESPN. “It was bad stuff.”
“They didn’t let me lose consciousness, but I definitely wasn’t focused,” Sherman, who was suffering from heat exhaustion, explained. “That’s why they wouldn’t let me go for a long time until I got my focus back, and they looked me in the eye, and they just kept saying I wasn’t right and I was looking clammy and stuff like that. But after a while, you get some energy, you get some food in you, you get your stuff back.”
“I was too tired to be that concerned. I think other people were more concerned than I was, but I was just trying to get cooled down and get some energy back in me. It was just a blur. I don’t remember being too concerned. I remember them saying something about a stretcher and paramedics, and I was like, ‘Yeah that’s not how we’re going to end this today.'”
The team travels to New Orleans for their next game, and head coach Pete Carroll is leaning on ‘sports science’ to aid in the entire team’s recovery after such a taxing game:
“The support system allows us to really be able to evaluate each guy, based on the load that he’s undertaken and all that,” Carroll said. “It does help us, and we really are responding to that regularly throughout the week, regardless of what happened in the week before. It’s a common practice for us now to check it out, know how many plays a guy got, what kind of exertion, we can estimate from the games, and then what’s necessary for the next week.
“If you asked me four or five years ago if I would be doing this, I would’ve said no. Coaches for years have done it, really just through their sense and instincts and savvy and all that, and now we have some more support. It’s proven to us to be very effective.”