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Why this NFL star's dad is still a garbage truck driver

by Rheana Murray / / Source: TODAY

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When your son is a star in the NFL, you probably don’t need to work. But one famous player’s dad says despite his son's success, he won’t be quitting his job as a garbage truck driver anytime soon.

Kevin Sherman, whose son Richard is the cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, has been cleaning up the streets in Southern California for 20 years, according to NBC Los Angeles.

“My son is an NFL player, but I don’t want my son to have to take care of me the rest of my life,” he told the station.

The proud dad, who lost an eye in a go-kart accident, added that he taught his children to never quit.

"Don't change for anybody," he said. "Be yourself. Right, wrong indifferent — no one can say you're not yourself."

The Seahawks lost Sunday’s Super Bowl to the New England Patriots, but Sherman still has a lot to smile about: He just became a father, too.

My son sure does know how to make an entrance! 2/5/15... Is it a coincidence or is he just that clever?! Either way I'm ecstatic

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 5 | 2015 " title="desktop:

My son sure does know how to make an entrance! 2/5/15... Is it a coincidence or is he just that clever?! Either way I'm ecstatic— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 5 | 2015

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Sherman, 26, announced on Twitter on Thursday that his girlfriend had given birth to their son, noting the coincidence of the date and his jersey number, #25.

And it seems like he's ready to follow in his dad's thoughtful footsteps:

Haven't felt anything better than this! Thank you God such a blessing!

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 5 | 2015 " title="desktop:

Haven't felt anything better than this! Thank you God such a blessing!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 5 | 2015

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This article was originally published Feb. 5, 2015 at 2:22 p.m.

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