Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback and Compton native Richard Sherman returned to the football field in Compton Tuesday to compete against one of the most accomplished teams to date in the Los Angeles area — the Compton High Robotics Club.
The Seahawks cornerback competed against a different type of quarterback than he's used to as part of Oberto Beef Jerky's "The Jerky Challenge." A football-throwing robot created by the robotics team attempted to throw footballs past Sherman and hit targets that hung from the goalposts.
"I love getting involved with initiatives that highlight positive programs in communities like my hometown of Compton, and I relish the opportunity to shut down this robot," Sherman said prior to the event.
While Sherman did catch a few balls, he didn't catch enough to win.
"The goal was to beat Richard Sherman, which we did," Robotics Club member Mario Gonzalez said.
"You guys came and beat me at my own sport!" Sherman said.
After the event, Sherman delivered words of motivation during heartfelt comments to the Compton High students.
"I had a lot of days where I didn't know what I was going to do or where I was going to go, didn't know if I was good enough," said the NFL player. "A lot of self-doubt, a lot of people doubting me."
Angelica Hernandez, a student on the team, was impacted by Sherman's visit.
"It's inspiring to know that people like him know that there's more potential in us and more potential in Compton," she said. "Not just in sports but technology as well."
Despite being a new team with limited resources, the Compton High Robotics club continues to upstage other clubs in competitions across the state.