A cold day at WSU for Seahawks' Richard Sherman

WITH THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS facing brutally cold weather in their playoff game Sunday at Minnesota, star cornerback Richard Sherman was asked about the coldest conditions he’d ever faced. That would be at Washington State, the former Stanford Cardinal said.

Sherman played at Stanford from 2006-10, redshirting at Palo Alto one year due to injury.

Purely a guess but we’re thinking the Seahawk great might have instead been remembering a recruiting trip to Pullman when the mercury dipped to such frigid levels. 

Stanford played at WSU in 2007 and 2009 during Sherman’s time at Stanford. The official box score for the ’07 game lists the game time temperature at 50 degrees. The official box for the ’09 game is blank but it was the season opener and was held on Sept. 5, a time when the average temp in Pullman is a comfortable 78 degrees (the all-time record low for Sept. 5 in Pullman is 32 degrees in 1948 according to NOAA).

Sherman and the Seahawks will likely be dealing with record cold on Sunday when they face the Vikings – and the playoff game might set a new NFL record when wind chill is factored in. 

NOAA forecasts the temperature in Minneapolis on Sunday to be minus-2 degrees at kickoff.   The wind chill, get this, is for minus-20 degrees at the start of the game.

The coldest game in NFL history on record is the 1967 NFL championship game at Green Bay, where the Packers beat the Cowboys 21-17. The temperature at kickoff, in what became known as the Ice Bowl, was minus-13 degrees, with a wind chill of minus-16 degrees.

Bundle up 'Hawks!

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