Kevin Sherman has as good a reason as any to mooch off his son.
A garbage truck driver of over 20 years, Sherman, father of Seattle Seahawks star Richard, has reason to give up a not-so-glamorous job.
Having to work with an impaired right eye might serve as more incentive to call it quits, but he doesn't.
He told the LA Times:
People say, 'Let your son take care of you.' Yeah, but I've got a few years left until I retire. Why would I mess up my own retirement? Why should my son have to foot everything? I have a medical plan that will cover me. Why should my son have to pay my medical bills? It doesn't make sense to me.
Having just completed the first year of a $56 million contract, Richard Sherman would seemingly have more than enough money to take care of his father, but his dad doesn't want him to.
Kevin says he's working to receive his pension, which comes into effect in 18 months. That would mean just one less burden on his son, the elder Sherman says. He continued,
It’s something to keep busy, and it’s easy now. If I take a day off, I don’t need to worry about where my money is coming from. I want to get that pension and the medical benefits just so it’s one more thing my son doesn’t have to worry about. I’m always going to be making money. I want to fix it so that even when I’m not working, I’m getting paid.
Of course, after watching his son compete in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Kevin will be back to work on Tuesday.