If you’re not already rooting for Seattle Seawhawks cornerback Richard Sherman, this might do the trick.

Sherman isn’t going to let a little bit of adversity get in his way now that’s heading to the Super Bowl. “I come from a place of adversity,” the Compton native told reporters on Wednesday. In the video that’s above, he also astutely pointed out the racial coding in a lot of the commentary surrounding his post-game interview after last weekend’s NFC Championship game by saying that lots of white folks are using the word “thug” as a substitute for the n-word these days. Here’s more of what Sherman had to say:

(h/t CBS Sports)