The name Anthony Sherman has become synonymous with athletic titles and accolades, but last weekend he added a brand new one—Super Bowl champion.
Sherman, a fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs, celebrated the team’s 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. The North Attleborough native played a strong role in the Chief’s win. With a little more than a minute left in the final quarter, he made a block that allowed running back Damien Williams to complete a touchdown.
Pam Sherman, Anthony’s mother, said the atmosphere was one of excitement. After the game was over, she was able to get on the field to hug her son. Among those at the game was Anthony’s grandfather, who promised to go if the Chiefs made it to the Super Bowl. She said her parents were at all of Anthony’s games, even in the pouring rain.
“The smile on his [Anthony’s grandfather’s] face started when we got on that plane and never finished,” said Pam.
All told, 22 friends and family were in attendance to see the game, said Pam. They stayed in the same hotel as the team, and she described the experience as “endless fun.”
Kurt Kummer, one of Sherman’s coaches when he played football at North Attleborough High School, watched the game and was thrilled to see the team win.
“I texted him and he said ‘Thanks, coach,’” said Kummer.
Don Johnson was another of Sherman’s football coaches at NAHS, where he was a running back and linebacker. Along with being a strong physical player, Johnson said Sherman was a great leader, one who lead by example and earned the respect of his teammates.
“A lot of guys make it to that level and they’re happy to make it,” said Johnson. “He was motivated to make it to that game and make it to the Super Bowl, to get what he really wanted and what he really deserved.”
Jessica Dawes, a bartender at The Mad Moose, regularly watches the Super Bowl and heard from many that a local was on the Chiefs.
“It’s nice to know someone who made it to the Super Bowl and is from the area,” she said.
Alternative Market Owner Cait O’Donnell got together with her friends for a potluck and to watch the game, a tradition for the past few years. She’s familiar with Sherman’s accomplishments and said it was exciting to see him win.
“It’s a positive for the town,” said O’Donnell.
Along with playing football from 2004-2006, Sherman also excelled on the track team and in baseball, serving as captain for all three. He was named the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006 and was a two-time All-League selection in baseball. He graduated from NAHS in 2007, and received two Division 1 scholarship offers, from the University of Connecticut and Boston College, deciding to go with UCONN.
Sherman was signed to the Arizona Cardinals and played with the team for two years and later traded to the Chiefs. He led the Chiefs in special teams tackles in both 2013 and 2014 with 12 (11 solo) and 13 special teams tackles, respectively, and recorded a career-long 36-yard touchdown reception in the first week of the 2018 season.