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Richard Sherman addresses high school students at Compton, Verbum Dei


Richard Sherman -- ahem, All-Pro Stanford graduate Richard Sherman -- made news today for his awkward roasting of Skip Bayless on ESPN's First Take.

On Wednesday, Sherman was in Los Angeles, talking to high school students at Compton Dominguez and Verbum Dei. Sherman, a Compton Dominguez graduate, was speaking on behalf of SWAG (Students With a Goal), a nonprofit that aims to "inspire belief and hope and empower students to make better choices, set higher goals, and excel academically."

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The Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer asked Sherman about his different personas on and off the field.

“I think every successful football player has a little edge, a little dog about them that won’t allow them to like the other player, at least on the field," Sherman said. "Off the field we’re perfectly fine. Off the field, I’m just trying to make the world a better place the best I can.”

(Skip Bayless and Darrelle Revis, among others, would beg to differ.)

Verbum Dei vice president for mission advancement told the Times that Sherman's message to students was well received.

“For our honor-roll students, he gave them a voice and a face, a person to look and say, 'This guy said he was going to do something, and he did it,'" Hosch said. "Mr. Sherman is the poster child of 'It’s cool to be smart.' Who can say Richard Sherman isn’t cool? Nobody.”

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