SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Esports have become more popular over the last few years.
“You see it on ESPN and stuff like that," Petty Officer 1st Class of the United States Navy Michael Rogers said.
Rogers, a Sutherlin native, isn't a beginner when it comes to video games.
“The passion, I guess, all stared in high school," Rogers said.
Rogers was one of ten gamers selected to be on the Navy’s first-ever esports team, "Goats and Glory."
“I was speechless," Rogers said. "If you would’ve told me nine years ago when I joined the Navy that they would have an esports team, I’d probably walk out the door.”
From Call of Duty to Fortnite, Rogers and his fellow teammates play a variety of games.
Before picking up the controller for the Navy, Rogers served on multiple deployments. That's when he made the switch to become a Navy recruiter.
While the goal is to level up, it’s helped Rogers become a next-level Navy counselor.
“You have to use communication," Rogers said. "You have know strengths and weaknesses of each of your teammates and utilize each other to the best of your abilities and build each other up with those weaknesses too.”
Beyond the loud noises and fast buttons, there is a message.
“I hope we reach that younger generation," Rogers said. "I hope we show the people that we do care and that it’s a team-based job.”
"Goats and Glory" plans to compete in video game competitions across the country.