Richard Sherman told a Virginia high school student last year that he would personally fund her college scholarship if she made the honor roll as a senior.
Well, Hershai James’ grades are in — and the Seahawks star has proven to be a man of his word.
James met Sherman last year at a charity event hosted by former Seattle teammate Michael Robinson. Sherman, a Stanford grad, challenged James to improve her marks at Varina High School as a senior.
She did, and Sherman said he would honor his end of the deal.
“It goes back to knowledge is power, and if you have knowledge, you’re going to be as powerful as you ever want to be,” Sherman said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Nobody stops anybody from reading and educating themselves. Mike is only trying to empower these kids to be everything that they can be, and if we can help with that with our presence, with our (autographed) jerseys (for an auction), with our words, we’ll do everything we can.”
James plans to attend Norfolk State University, where she’ll pursue a degree in business. She said the push from the All-Pro cornerback gave her enough momentum during her difficult academic year.
“When my senior year began, I definitely had the scholarship in my head as motivation,” James said. “With being a senior, the year is really stressful. Having something to look forward to helped. It’s like saying my hard work and dedication had paid off.”