On Thursday afternoon, fullback Anthony Sherman tweeted out a breathtaking video. The 10 year NFL vet appears to be retiring from the game of football.
His words in the tweet read as follows: “Thank you Chiefs Kingdom #deputysheriff #HSI #retirement #Chiefs #NFL” Additionally in the video, Sherman says, “Kansas City… thanks for all the memories. It’s been a great run. Eight years, Super Bowls, but it’s on to the next chapter.” The end of the video shows him flying off into the sunset, while inside of a helicopter.
The first hash-tagged word in Sherman’s tweet could be a sign of things to come. Assuming it is true, he could soon be entering a career in law enforcement. The former UConn Huskies product was one of the most reliable fullbacks over the last decade. Now, let’s look back on his career, as well as the impact Anthony Sherman left both on and off the gridiron.
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Sherman was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft (136th overall). Across 28 career games with them, he had a single rushing attempt for three yards. His impact with the Cardinals was felt more in the receiving game. Sherman combined to post 13 receptions, 111 receiving yards and 8.5 yards per reception in two years there. Arizona and Kansas City agreed to a trade involving the fullback in May 2013. The Chiefs received Anthony Sherman, and in return the Cardinals received cornerback Javier Arenas.
Kansas City’s Ironman
From the jump with newly hired Andy Reid at the time in 2013, Sherman was seen as a foundational part of the Chiefs offense. He may not have garnered the most recognition. Though, he continued to make a difference as a blocker, pass catcher and on special teams.
His first season with Kansas City saw him post what ended up being his best year as a receiver. That 2013 season ended up being Sherman’s career high for targets (24), receptions (18) and receiving yards (155) for a single season. To boot, Alex Smith threw him a five yard shovel pass for a touchdown in the Wild Card game against Indianapolis in that year’s postseason.
One of Sherman’s highlight games came in the 2017 regular season finale. With Kansas City already locking up the division and resting starters, he started as the team’s running back in Patrick Mahomes‘ NFL debut. Sherman saw an inspiring day on the ground against the Denver Broncos. He recorded 40 rushing yards on 14 carries, while also registering his first and only career rushing score. Sherman was able to record one final receiving touchdown in Week Three of 2020. Against the Baltimore Ravens, Mahomes threw an inside underhand shovel pass his way for the score.
In seven of his eight seasons with the Chiefs, Anthony Sherman appeared in all 16 games during the regular season. The only three he missed were in 2020. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, after being exposed to someone who had tested positive. He truly was the team’s ironman for those eight seasons.
Final Impact On Chiefs
Sherman finished his Kansas City tenure with 58 receptions, 449 receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns, 27 carries, 70 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. His presence was also felt on special teams. Sherman churned out 54 total tackles, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was a one time Pro Bowler and one time second team All-Pro. The fullback appeared in 13 playoff games with the Chiefs, of course appearing in two Super Bowls. The team sealed the win in Super Bowl LIV with a run around the left edge with Damien Williams. Sherman was his lead blocker on that play to ice the game.
Off Field Highlights
In the locker room, Anthony Sherman was always a team leader and captain. Players could always look up to him if need be. His training camp entrances were always worth looking forward to each summer. Sherman showed up in overalls, a leather vest and a patriotic wrestling singlet in a trio of seasons. To cap it all off, he drove in with Clint Bowyer’s NASCAR stock car, while wearing a custom Chiefs race suit.
In the meantime, Sherman and his wife, Jessica, partnered with the child sponsorship and Christian humanitarian aid organization Compassion International for certain initiatives. Furthermore, he recently raffled off his own truck. In what started out as a prank, Sherman agreed to giveaway his own vehicle to help raise money for the E3 Ranch Foundation.
Anthony Sherman left a lasting legacy on the Chiefs and Kansas City. Best of luck to the “Sausage” in his retirement.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.