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Richard Sherman and his band of (promising) misfits

Justine Seligson
Sirlin feels that the Seahawks, an underrated team of underdogs, have a promising future.

Pete Carroll and his dominant Seattle Seahawks exited Super Bowl XLVIII as an elite team with a positive future in the NFL. Perhaps even a dynasty. They are among the favorites for Super Bowl XLIX, but haven’t they been favored this entire season?

Yes, but little did we know that these men were just a bunch of overachieving underdogs the whole way through.

“We’re just a band of misfits out there who nobody wanted,” star cornerback, Richard Sherman, said.

But Sherman, along with many of his teammates, were drafted foolishly late and some were even undrafted into the NFL.

In a recent interview conducted by ESPN, Sherman cited key players like Doug Baldwin, Mike Bennett, and Jermaine Kearse who all went undrafted. Superstar safety Kam Chancellor went 5th round and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith went as late as 7th round.

Even Sherman himself was drafted in just the 5th round.

The last thing a team wants is to make a vital, franchise-ruining mistake as a result of a draft bust. Just look at Sam Bowie. How much better would the Trail Blazers have been if they picked Michael Jordan instead of no-name Sam Bowie?

From a bunch of men who were simply overlooked to a group of national champions, the Seattle Seahawks overcame adversity and surpassed expectations.

Richard Sherman holds this fighting mentality to be a driving force in their success.

“For us to win a world championship, it just kind of shows the world what you can do when you put your mind to something.”

I do believe that this relentless, hard-working Seahawks team can do some serious damage in years to come. This team has young talent, something that every team seeks in order to build a franchise.

But this team did not start as a favorite. This is just a common misconception.

Pete Carroll and his staff took a bunch of unwanted men, and simply turned them into Super Bowl champions.

Now that is something special.

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Grant Sirlin
Grant Sirlin, Staff Writer
A longtime veteran of Inklings, Grant Sirlin ’16 has always possessed the passion and commitment required of all young journalists. Coming into his third year as a member of Inklings and his final year at Staples High School, Grant looks forward to “ending [his] career with a bang”. He attributes his joining Inklings as a sophomore to his parents and peers. “My mom and dad really wanted me to try it and once I tried it I was immediately hooked,” Grant said. Outside of the newsroom, Grant enjoys becoming involved in countless activities around Westport. He is a four year member of the Staples soccer team and also participates in Service League of Boys and Safe Rides on Saturdays. An exemplary student, Grant serves as the vice-president for the National Honor Society at Staples. His commitment to education and community is reflected in the great role he plays in Inklings.
Justine Seligson
Justine Seligson, Photo Coordinator
Being a self-described political junkie and a teen travel writer, Justine Seligson '15 is not only, without a doubt,  a well rounded student and basically a mother's dream, but also a very unique addition to the staff. Seligson is extremely modest about her accomplishments, but it is very clear that her extensive journalistic experience outside of Inklings has largely influenced her presence on the paper. "I have a column on teen travel on my parent's website, which is called Farewell Travels," Seligson said. "It's a very different type of writing [than Inklings] but it's definitely helped me to grow as a journalist overall." Seligson goes on to describe the plethora of exquisite articles she has written for her column over the years. Seligson further explained how her experiences in traveling have shaped her journalistic presence in a large way. She explains why she is nonchalant about the amazing experiences she has had traveling the globe, explaining that it has always been a way of life for her and her family. "My family travels all the time," she said. "It's just part of our business." However, Seligson says that "...[she] would a much different writer if [she] hadn't traveled so much." She casually mentions how much of an impact a pre-college Kenyan writing program had on her, as what an honor it was to be featured in the National Geographic Student Edition. "It made me realize that even though journalism may supposedly be a dying business, there may be some hope for me to pursue my dream career," she said. With her in-depth knowledge of travel and politics, Seligson is sure to be an interesting voice on the paper this year. She hopes to improve her writing and photography even more this year, as well as to help other staff members to increase the quality of their own photographs.

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