COMPTON, Calif. – Apparently you can go home again.
Richard Sherman proved just that on Wednesday, when the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback was the surprise guest speaker during a seniors-only assembly at Dominguez High School. Sherman is a frequent visitor to his alma mater, but this trip was different because he was talking to the 300 students about achieving their goals and fulfilling their dreams – not just to the football players.
“I want them to know that there’s a big world out there and that goals can be achieved and that it really doesn’t matter where you come from or what situation you started from,” Sherman said after the event that was sponsored by SWAG – Students With a Goal.
“Like coach (Pete) Carroll, it kind of goes back to football. He says, ‘It doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you finish.’ And it goes back to life. It really does, especially in this regard, because you start from a city where nobody really gives you a chance.”
Sherman made the most of his chances, going from Dominguez High, to Stanford University, to the NFL – as the Seahawks’ fifth-round draft choice in 2011.
“I’m trying to show them there are positive sides to the city,” Sherman said. “There are some building blocks here. There’s a lot more to it. There’s a lot more to them than they even know. And I want them to know that they can achieve anything they put their mind to.”
The assembly turned into a family reunion, as Sherman was joined his mother, Beverly; older brother, Branton; cousins and a niece and a nephew.
But it was the students who were the winners on this day, because of Sherman’s visit and the message he left them with.
“It means a lot of have Richard come back like this,” said Kalan Montgomery, a cornerback on the Dons’ football team who is heading to San Diego State University in the fall. “It shows good character qualities and he’s a real inspiration.”
Sherman also will make stops at Verbum Dei High School and the Brotherhood Crusade later this afternoon.