There's a long list of professional athletes to come straight out of Compton, California.
Seattle fans are probably most familiar with Richard Sherman, a graduate of Compton's Dominguez High School who went on to attend Stanford University, and eventually, achieve All-Pro and Pro Bowl status in the NFL as a cornerback for the Seahawks.
Seattle fans might remember Jeron Johnson, too, a former safety for the Seahawks who signed with the Washington Redskins this past offseason. Johnson played high school football alongside Sherman for the Dominguez Dons.
But the pair of football players just begin to scratch the surface when it comes to famous athletes who hail from the city situated south of downtown Los Angeles.
Former NFL players Greg Townsend and Kevin Burnett, NBA players Tayshaun Prince, Tyson Chandler, and Brandon Jennings, hoops Hall of Famer and former Seattle SuperSonic Dennis Johnson, and professional tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, whose family moved to Compton at an early age, all have roots in the area.
So who's the best of the bunch? With Serena Williams on the brink of history at the U.S. Open, Sherman was asked Wednesday if the tennis player is the best athlete to come from his hometown.
"You know what, she's the most accomplished, that's for sure," Sherman said of Serena, who's vying for a fourth straight U.S. Open title and seventh overall. "I can't say anything but good words about her. So yes, yes she is the most accomplished and the best athlete. You can have that. She is. Hall of Famer. Until I get there, we've got nothing to talk about."
We know plenty about Sherman's talent on the football field. We've even seen him showcase his skills on the baseball diamond and on the basketball court. But what about the multi-talented Seahawks cornerback's tennis game?
"Awful," Sherman admitted. "I'm laterally quick, but indecisive."
Richard Sherman visited his hometown of Compton, California to talk to kids at Dominguez High School - his alma mater, L.A.'s Verbum Dei High School, and the Brotherhood Crusade as part of his "Student With A Goal" SWAG Tour.