LOS ANGELES – Stop Two on the Richard Sherman SWAG (Students With A Goal) Tour took a detour to the Verb.
That would be Verbum Dei High School, an all-boys institution in the Watts area. Before Sherman’s presentation to the 220 students and Q&A session that followed, however, the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback came face-to-face with his past. Again.
Christian Pimentel, a junior at Verbum Dei, first met Sherman as a freshman at Dominguez High in Compton, Sherman’s alma mater and his first stop on Wednesday. Because of that meeting, Sherman became one of Pimentel’s favorite NFL players, so he decided he wanted to attend Stanford University – just like Sherman.
Pimentel’s mother then decided that enrolling her son at Verbum Dei was the best way to help him accomplish this goal.
So there Pimentel was, re-introducing himself to Sherman – who has not forgotten that initial meeting.
“I know that he came from a tough school, so I felt that maybe if I could come here I could possibly do it like he did – get into a good school,” Pimentel said. “I would have stayed at Dominguez, but my mom found out about this school and she wanted to give me a good opportunity to succeed.”
Instead of football, Pimentel is eying a career as a lawyer – and working one day a week at a downtown law firm to fulfill that requirement to attend Verbum Dei.
As for Sherman’s message to the students at Verbum Dei, it followed the same path as the talk he delivered at Dominguez High.
“You guys are more important than anything,” he said. “Including myself.”