Richard Sherman played together at Stanford, then won a Super Bowl as members of the Seattle Seahawks. After Baldwin announced his retirement, Sherman, the now-San Francisco 49ers cornerback took time to honor his former teammate.
It’s been a great ride with you brother @DougBaldwinJr! Been an honor playing alongside you through our ups and downs. 12 years have flown by Can’t wait to see what’s in store next! Thank you for the fire you have always played with! You have pushed me. pic.twitter.com/dHoyfIfHPK
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 14, 2019
The Seahawks released Baldwin and Kam Chancellor on Thursday after failed physicals, but that doesn’t take away from their status as franchise legends.
Baldwin was a two-time Pro Bowler and helped the team win a Super Bowl during the 2013 season. He spent his entire career with the Seahawks and finished with 493 catches for 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns.
“These are two of the most iconic players in franchise history and both were instrumental in establishing our championship culture, great examples of competitiveness and leadership on the field and in the community,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement. “These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family.”
Baldwin and Sherman were teammates at Stanford from 2007 through 2010, winning an Orange Bowl on a team that included Andrew Luck in their final collegiate season.
Baldwin is well-known by Sherman’s current team. During his career, Baldwin terrorized San Francisco secondaries, including during the heydays of the rivalry earlier this decade when the two combined for five straight NFC West titles.
Baldwin’s career v. #49ers:
Chancellor’s career v. 49ers:
Cases of Kam-itis*: several
* symptoms include: night sweats, alligator arms, the bobbles, the dropsies, butterfingers, poopedmypants, the deactivate-me blues. https://t.co/Z7ta7JDNsB
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) May 9, 2019
However, with both Baldwin retired Chancellor appearing headed that way as well, Earl Thomas signing in Baltimore, and Richard Sherman now playing cornerback for San Francisco, it’s officially a new era in the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry.