The most powerful sports league in the world fully starts its regular season tomorrow, but NFL star Richard Sherman has been talking eSports.
ESPN: “‘I love the competitive aspect of [Call of Duty],’ Sherman tells ESPN when asked why top traditional sports players like himself and teammate Marshawn Lynch, who was featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s esports edition in 2015, enjoy the game. ‘[In] every match you’re getting to compete online against other players and I think that’s huge for guys who kind of have that in us. It’s kind of ingrained in us.'”
The post continues: “Sherman, originally from Compton, California, a suburb best known for rough lifestyles and the birth of some of hip-hop’s best musicians, returned home to Los Angeles to visit the Call of Duty World Championship, which ran from Sept. 2-4. It was his first time experiencing an esports event in person. He also intends to attend the annual Seattle-based Dota 2 championship The International next year, an event that awarded over $20 million in prize money this past August. Sherman is excited by how quickly the esports space has grown.”
Will Sherman invest, like many other athletes?
ESPN: “And as the industry grows, current and former pro athletes such as Los Angeles Rams offensive guard Rodger Saffold, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal and former Los Angeles Lakers multitime champion Rick Fox continue to invest in esports teams. Sherman says for him that it’s entirely possible. ‘I have [considered investing into a team] and I think it’s still up for consideration,’ he states.”
Sherman does seem to be getting involved. GeekWire recently reported: “Seahawks Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner crush 49ers and Patriots helmets with a tank.”
The post begins: “There is no shortage of video game companies trying to get attention at PAX Westthis weekend. Wargaming.net took their marketing promotion to a new level this year, bringing in Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner to crush a bunch of stuff using an actual Panzer III tank to promote their game World of Tanks Blitz.
For a longer take, Red Bull’s The Red Bulletin writes: “WOULD CORNERBACK RICHARD SHERMAN HAVE FORGONE HIS CAREER IN THE NFL FOR A PRO GAMING TITLE? WE FIND OUT.”