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Every day between now and the start of Seahawks training camp, Seahawks.com will take a look at some of the team’s most intriguing storylines, position battles and players heading into the 2017 season. Today, we kick off the Top 10 list by focusing on the status of some of the team’s top players who are coming back from injuries. The list continues Thursday with a look at a player who was awfully good
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When the Seahawks take the field on Sunday, July 30 to open training camp, inevitably there will be a few players on the sideline. That is not, however, necessarily a big deal, even if those players open camp on the physically unable to perform list. Unlike the regular season, when players on the PUP list have to sit out at least six games, players on the PUP list in camp can come off it at any time, and in many cases those listings are precautionary and players do indeed come off PUP very quickly.

This year, as is almost always the case for every team, the Seahawks come into camp with some injury question marks, but for the most part the news this offseason has been positive.

Perhaps most encouraging has been the progress Custom Panthers Jersey of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, whose 2016 season was cut short by a broken leg. When the season ended, it was uncertain if Thomas would be ready for camp, but during offseason workouts, Thomas was doing, “way beyond what he thought he would be,” according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

While it’s possible Thomas could be limited at times—Carroll said “we’ll make sure and work our way into it”—Thomas’ status for the season is no longer in question.Fellow safety Kam Chancellor finished the season on the field, but he did need Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey surgery on both ankles to deal with bone spurs. He, like Thomas, was able to do a lot in offseason workouts and should be a full-go in camp.

As for receiver and All-Pro return man Tyler Lockett, Carroll said last month that “Tyler’s still a question” for the start of camp. Lockett also saw his season end with a broken leg, but unlike Thomas, his injury did require surgery. Lockett has been making good progress in his rehab and is running, and camp is a real possibility, but even if he’s sidelined on Day 1, he has a good shot to get back on the field quickly.

“He’s aiming for camp and we’ll see how he does there,” Carroll said. “And I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s ready and running at top speed by then.”

DeShawn Shead, last year’s starter at right corner, is further behind in his recovery Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey from the knee injury he sustained in Seattle’s final game, a playoff loss at Atlanta. While Carroll hasn’t ruled out a return by the start of the season, that seems unlikely at this point, and at the very least a return for the beginning of camp is off the table.

“He’s making great progress,” Carroll said on the final day of offseason workouts. “He is one of the all-time best healers. He applies himself as well as a person can do in terms of getting back. He’s got all the grit and the perseverance about
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As for Week 1 of the regular season, Carroll said, “I don’t think we’ll be pushing him on that regard. Maybe he does it, I should never say no to him. Maybe he can pull it off. We’ll see.”

Two of Seattle’s top free-agent signings, running back Eddie Lacy and offensive lineman Luke Joeckel, are also recovering from injuries that ended their 2016 seasons early. Both Joeckel (knee) and Lacy (ankle) were able to do limited work in offseason workouts

On Lacy, Carroll said “I can’t see how he wouldn’t be” ready for the start of camp. “I think he’s at a really good tempo already.”

While no definitive timetable has been given on Joeckel, who is competing for the starting job at left guard and left tackle, both he and Carroll expressed optimism, noting that Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey he was doing more in offseason workouts than expected.

Other health-related question marks heading into camp include second-year defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, who had knee surgery last season, free agent signing Dion Jordan, who had another knee surgery since signing with Seattle, and receiver Tanner McEvoy, who had surgery on his toe this offseason.

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Wednesday Round-Up: Pete Carroll, Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey Mike Holmgren Help Rank The Best Quarterbacks Since 1978

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today – Wednesday, July 19 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

The Game’s Greatest QBs

In an exercise over at ESPN.com, former Seahawks reporter and current NFL
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On Sando’s panel, Carroll and Holmgren joined Tony Dungy, Howard Mudd, Wade Phillips, Mike Reinfeldt, Ray Rhodes, Mike Shanahan, Al Saunders, and Norv Turner. The group possess a combined 330 seasons of NFL experience and each one of them is a Super Bowl champion.

Rankings were determined by how often each quarterback outranked the others who received votes across all 10 ballots, with Tom Brady coming in at No. 1, Peyton Manning at No. 2, Joe Montana at No. 3, John Elway at No. 4, Aaron Rodgers at No. 5, Dan Marino and Brett Favre tied for No. 6, Steve Young at No. 8, Drew Brees at No. 9, and Dan Fouts at No. 10.

Here’s what Carroll and Holmgren had to say about a few of the game’s greatest QBs:

Joe Montana

Carroll: Joe would not necessarily play as well in other guys’ systems, like an Ernie Zampese system. I think it was Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey Joe in that Bill Walsh system that made him, but Montana is still No. 1 for me because I think he was the best player. He won games in more ways than the other guys at the very top because he could move.

Holmgren: One, he was maybe the most accurate passer I have ever seen. Two, he played his absolute best on the biggest stages. That is why he was No. 1 for me.

Dan Fouts

Carroll: Fouts was phenomenally accurate and played the game like a championship guy plays games. He had great awareness and understanding of the game. He threw a lot of difficult stuff and was able to do it in that Ernie Zampese offense. It was the same style of offense that Troy Aikman had in Dallas, but Fouts never had the running game, the defense, the other stuff. And he was so tough. The game ain’t at all like it used to be in that regard. Everybody got hit harder, everybody got hit more — at all the positions, and the quarterback, for sure. They had to be fricking studs then. I’m not saying they are soft now. They just don’t get hit as much.

Brett Favre

Holmgren: Brett is the contrast quarterback to Manning and Brady for how he played the game. You could make a case that, while he played within Custom Bengals Jersey an offensive system, he ad-libbed a lot. It helped him a great majority of the time and hurt him some. Those other guys were more robotic. All these guys are tough, but Brett’s record of playing in all those games cannot be overlooked.

Outside the Top 10, the group placed Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner tied for Custom Browns Jersey No. 11, Troy Aikman at No. 13, Warren Moon at No.
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More From Around The Web

Russell Wilson is in China for a series of youth and fan events this week and you can follow the Seahawks quarterback at his new website, TraceMe.com.

As former Seattle safety Kenny Easley awaits his Hall of Fame enshrinement in early August, the Seahawks Legend recently recalled a vivid dream he had the night before learning he would become part of the Class of 2017.

With fantasy football drafts fast approaching, Scott Engel at RotoExperts.com previews and ranks the running back position.

710Sports.com comments Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey on tight end Jimmy Graham, who comes in at No. 9 on the station’s list of the most-intriguing Seahawks heading into training camp.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times outlines what another 10-win season will Custom Panthers Jersey do for the Seahawks’ place in NFL history.

And Michael-Shawn Dugar at SeattlePI.com previews what the running back spot will look like for the Seahawks in 2017.
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Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Visits China

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Few players take advantage of the NFL’s brief offseason like quarterback Russell Wilson.

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Now, Wilson finds himself in Shanghai, China, where he’s teamed up with Nike Custom Bengals Jersey to lead a “Make Em Miss” — the tagline for Wilson’s
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“I have a cool opportunity. I get to come over to China — Shanghai, Beijing Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey — with Nike and Alibaba,” Wilson said in a Facebook video posted last month. “It’ll be a special, special time. I get to see all the kids, I get to see your culture, you guys get to see mine. We’re super excited to see you guys soon.”

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Wilson has shared a few behind-the-scenes highlights from Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey his time in China on TraceMe.com, which he’ll use to
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Tuesday Round-Up: Who’s Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey The Seahawks’ Best Homegrown Player?

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today – Tuesday, July 18 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

Homegrown Talent

Marc Sessler at NFL.com assembled a photo essay depicting the best homegrown players on each of the League’s 32 teams. The rules in Sessler’s exercise were
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When it comes to the Seahawks, who boast a roster Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey full of homegrown talent thanks to the success the team has enjoyed through the draft process under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, Sessler landed on Earl Thomas, a first-round pick (No. 14 overall) by Seattle in 2010, Schneider and Carroll’s first year at the helm.

Here’s what Sessler had to say about the free safety being Seattle’s best homegrown talent:

Seattle doesn’t make it easy to pick just one. Few teams have done of better job of drafting, grooming and re-signing their own talent. Especially on defense, where linebacker Bobby Wagner and star Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey cover man Richard Sherman have served as team anchors for years. My pick, though, is Earl Thomas. The five-time Pro Bowl safety saw last season cut short by a broken leg — and even teased the idea of retirement — but when healthy, Thomas remains one of the finest cover safeties in the NFL.

As Sessler notes, Thomas’ 2016 campaign unfortunately ended with a broken leg,
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Tweet Of The Day

Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who’s in Shanghai, China this week for a Nike youth football camp.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks.com’s John Boyle recently spent time with Michael Bennett at his offseason home in Hawaii and peels back the layers of the complex and entertaining Seahawks defensive end.

710Sports.com comments on Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, who comes in at No. 10 on the station’s list of the most intriguing players on Seattle’s roster heading into 2017.

Elliot Harrison at NFL.com makes a bold prediction for Eddie Lacy, projecting
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NFL.com fantasy editor Marcus Grant pegs Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as a bounceback Custom Browns Jersey candidate in 2017.

Seattle signal caller Russell Wilson also comes in at No. 19 on Sports Illustrated’s list of the 50 best-dressed athletes.

And for ESPN Insider, Field Yates believes the Seahawks are the NFL club best built for sustained success on defense over the next five years Custom Bengals Jersey, writing, “It’s hard for me to pick against the Seahawks. They’ve led the NFL in scoring defense in four of the past five seasons (third in 2016), which demonstrates the blend of a sound system, terrific personnel, outstanding coaching and the ability to replace departed and injured players. Seattle drafts well and plays with a defensive edge that is built to last.”

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Monday Round-Up: ESPN Identifies Custom Bengals Jersey Sneaky Strengths Of The Seahawks

Good afternoon, 12s.Customized New York Jets Jersey Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today – Monday, July 17 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seattle’s Sneaky Strengths

In a special to ESPN Insider, Football Outsiders dug into its statistical database to pull out under-the-radar strengths Custom Saints Jersey– one on offense and one on defense – for each of the League’s 32 teams from the 2016 NFL season.Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey.

Using stats such as Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), one of Football Outsiders’ advanced metrics that measures a team’s success on each play compared to the league average, the group was able to identify Custom Jets Jersey some sneaky strengths of the Seahawks.

Here’s what was said about some of the lesser-known areas where Seattle excelled last season:

Offense: Deep passing

Seattle ranked fifth in DVOA on passes that traveled 16 or more yards past the line of scrimmage. (The top four teams: Atlanta, New England, Oakland and Dallas.)

Defense Custom Chargers Jersey: Preventing long runs

One of the secrets to Seattle’s run defense is strong tackling in the secondary, even if runners get past the first and second levels. The Seahawks ranked third in fewest open-field yards per carry, defined as gains that come more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Social Post Of The Day

Today’s “Social Post of the Day” comes from Customized San Diego Chargers Jersey Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, who shared video highlights on Instagram of his time training with Seattle veteran defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who is hosting NFL athletes for
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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hosted and got slimed at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

ESPN.com’s NFC West reporters debate which team will win the division in 2017.

And you can take an indoor cycling class with Jermaine Kearse this weekend in Seattle to help raise funds for the Seahawks receiver’s 15 to 1 foundation, which partnered with USO Northwest earlier this offseason to expand its efforts in the
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Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey Gets Slimed at 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards

For a third straight summer, Russell Wilson strutted down the orange carpet as host of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports, which aired this past Custom Browns Jersey weekend from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey in Los Angeles, California.

As emcee of the awards show, the Seahawks quarterback competed with Dallas Cowboys Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey quarterback Dak Prescott in a passing challenge, slid down a slide into a pool of Custom Panthers Jersey Nickelodeon’s signature green slime, took home the ‘King of Swag’ title by way of
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Head to Nick.com and TraceMe.com for more behind-the-scenes highlights from
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Seahawks Legend Kenny Easley Readies For “Great Honor” Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey Of Pro Football Hall Of Fame Enshrinement

Kenny Easley will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, making him the fourth Seahawks player to earn that honor after spending his entire career in Seattle along with Steve Largent, Walter Jones and Cortez
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But while Easley won’t officially be inducted until August 5 in Canton, Ohio, he has felt like a part of that aforementioned group of Hall of Fame Seahawks since an early February morning when he woke up from a particularly vivid dream. While in Houston awaiting to hear his fate as Custom Bengals Jersey a Hall of Fame finalist, Easley had a dream he saw as being something of an omen.

“The night before the announcement, I had a dream,” Easley said on a
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Easley, who notes he dreams “fairly vivid every night,” had a vision of CenturyLink Field, and in the rafters the retired jerseys of Kennedy, Jones and Largent, as well as the No. 12. Easley, who always wore No. 5 in all sports growing up, realized that he was heading for the Hall of Fame, and with that, in all likelihood, on his way to having his jersey become the fifth to hang from the rafters.

“I woke up in a sweat, because something was telling me that I was going to be the fifth jersey up in the rafters Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey in CenturyLink Field,” he said. “It was like 4:30 in the morning, and the dream was so vivid, it was like I was already in the Hall of Fame, it was just a formality for a knock at the door to come the next day.”

Indeed, the knock came, with Hall of Fame president David Baker delivering the good news, and now, after a long wait since his seven-year career Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey was cut short by a kidney ailment 30 years ago, Easley is about to earn his sport’s highest individual honor.

“It’s a great honor, and that dream just sort of made it feel like it was meant to be, so I was really happy about that,” Easley said.

That Easley will proudly Custom Browns Jersey go into the Hall of Fame as a Seahawk is no small thing, either. Because of how his career ended, with Easley being traded following the 1987 strike-shortened season and never playing again because of health problems, he had a non-existent relationship with the Seahawks for 15 years. But new ownership, along with his children, helped heal old wounds, and eventually Easley and the Seahawks made amends, with Easley going into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor in 2002.

“I would say it was probably two-pronged,” Easley said of reconciling with the Seahawks. “First, the team had a new owner in Paul Allen, and second, my children were coming of age where they had never seen me play football. They didn’t know much about my career, and I didn’t have any pictures around the house of my athletic career. And so when I got the call from (former public relations director) Gary Wright saying that Paul Allen had indicated to him that they couldn’t put another player in the Ring of Honor before putting Kenny Easley in there, and if Gary Wright would make a call to me and basically test the waters. I hadn’t spoken to anybody in the organization in 15 years. So Gary called me and Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey told me what Paul had said, and so thinking about my children and the fact that they had never seen me play and it had been 15 years, it was the proper time to do it. I’m glad my children got an opportunity to be a part of it and learn about their father and what he had done and how successful he had done it. And the fact that it was
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Easley, a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro, had 498 tackles and 32 interceptions in his career, including a team-record 10 interceptions in 1984 when he was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.

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Seahawks Renaissance Man Customized Minnesota Vikings Jersey Michael Bennett: “I’m Just A Different Type Of Person”

HONOLULU, Hawaii — In the hills above Honolulu, young Ollie Bennett splashes in the pool with her older sisters, Peyton and Blake.

“Hey, Ollie, don’t drink the water,” Michael Bennett Custom Saints Jersey says to his 3-year-old daughter. “You’re not a fish, don’t drink that.”

After pausing for a moment, Bennett wonders aloud, “Do fish even drink water?”

Welcome to the mind of Michael Bennett, who in addition to being a Pro Bowl defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, is one of the more complex people you could ever hope to come across; the kind of person for whom a parental warning to a young child can quickly become a conversation on science and osmosis.

The answer, by the way, is a long, scientific way of saying some fish do drink Men’s Nike Custom Made Philadelphia Eagles Elite Midnight Green Team Color NFL Jersey Sale water and some fish don’t, but that’s neither here nor there. What that very brief moment in the life of the Bennett family reveals more than anything is that, when it comes to Michael Bennett, it’s impossible to know what’s coming next.

Former Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, who was teammates with Bennett for part of the 2009 season, then again in 2013, described his younger teammate as a Renaissance man. It’s not a bad description for somebody who is not just an elite athlete but also equal parts social activist, comedian, political commentator,
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Take, for example, Sunday’s football camp and health clinic put on by the Bennett Foundation at the University of Hawaii. In the span of four hours, Bennett transitioned seamlessly from host to hype man to D.J. to dancer to comedian. Between wearing all those hats, Bennett sat at a table with his three kids and wife, Pele, while they all signed copies of the new children’s book he
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And that was all before the football portion of the day was underway. From there he was a coach, occasional participant in drills, a shoulder to cry on for an emotional middle-school aged camper, and a stern motivator — “Y’all being lazy,” Bennett said to a group of defensive linemen who weren’t finishing a drill to his liking. “I’d rather you not even do it if you’re going to be lazy. If you want to be great, let’s start over.” Bennett then finished the camp with a 9-minute speech that would have made Tony Robbins proud.

Bryant’s description of Bennett, a Renaissance man, is a fitting one, but so too are the lyrics of a song written 21 years before Bennett was born.

“I think I’ve lived the Nina Simone song Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,’” Bennett said while his daughters/three little monsters had a wild day in the family’s backyard pool. “… I’m just a different type of person. Big Red always called me the Renaissance man because I’m always into different things—music, what I read, how I’m always trying to evolve as a person. I never stay the same, and I think sometimes that gets misunderstood with me.”

And that Bennett not only relates to a 53-year-old song, but that the lyrics of a woman born in 1933 fit him so well is just another example of how impossible it is to define one of the NFL’s most interesting characters.

“I’m Just A Soul Whose Intentions Are Good. Oh Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Bennett has strived to do good in his various communities—he was born in Louisiana, raised in Houston, and now splits his time between Seattle and Hawaii, Pele’s home state—for a number of years. This marks the sixth straight year Bennett has hosted free camps, and he has supported plenty of other causes backed by teammates over the years. But over the past year, and in particular this offseason, Bennett has ramped up his social activism, both in terms of causes he supports, and in his willingness to speak up on causes he deems worthy, whether that meant wearing a Bernie Sanders hat last fall, or wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt during a press conference, or giving his unfiltered opinion on Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment.

So why is Bennett so much more outspoken now than in the past? Why put so much of his offseason time into various good causes?

“With the state America is in right now with so much divisiveness, kind of divided a little bit, and me being able to have a platform, being able to bring people together, and being able to go to different parts of America or across the world, I want to just to be a part of what’s going on, and helping find different ways to give back is something that I think is super important,” Bennett said. “It shows that no matter the skin color, no matter the gender, we’re all just people at the end of the day, and to be able to always have that connection with people and show that, no matter how much money you’ve got, you can always stay connected to the people around you. I’m just trying to keep pulling the layers back of how selfless we can be, how comfortable we can be with people. I’m constantly trying to find that boundary of how possible it is.”

In addition to the work done by The Bennett Foundation, which fights childhood obesity through its O.C.E.A.N. programming (fighting Obesity through Community, Education, Activity and Nutrition), Bennett has also given his time and money to a number of other causes this offseason.

Earlier this year, Bennett announced he was donating endorsement money and proceeds from jersey sales to, as he wrote in an Instagram post, “help rebuild minority communities through STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color in hopes we can create more opportunities for our youth and build a brighter future.” In April, he went to Haiti to support teammate Cliff Avril, who is building a school there and who also funded the construction of multiple houses in a region hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. Last month, Bennett traveled to South Dakota, where The Bennett Foundation and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe partnered to put on an O.C.E.A.N. camp and health clinic  And recently, Bennett announced his foundation is partnering with the African-led global movement iamtheCODE to get 100 marginalized girls in African into STEAMED programs (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, entrepreneurship and design), as well as with multiple local organizations to start a gardening program for youth in juvenile detention.

And for Bennett, the work he and his foundation do around the world isn’t enough. While hosting numerous NFL players for workouts during the offseason, almost all of them significantly younger than him, Bennett not only passes on football knowledge, he also encourages them to make good use of the platform the game provides them.

“He’s not only trying to make us better pass rushers, but better leaders for our teams and better people off the field too,” said 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner, who is from Hawaii and has spent time working out with Bennett the past two offseasons. “I’m just soaking it all in and picking up as much as I can.”

The message Bennett wants his fellow NFL players to embrace is that they have a unique, and in many cases, brief, opportunity to reach a lot of people and do some good with the attention that comes with an NFL career, good that can outlast a playing career.

“I try to express that to the young guys,” Bennett said. “Your longevity in sports is so short, but your legacy is forever. You never know when you’re going to get hurt, you never know when you’re going to get cut. Your legacy has to be what you do in the community and how much you give back and how you use your platform. That’s what I constantly tell young guys, ‘Let’s push the boundaries, let’s find out who we are as people,’ because I feel like sometimes as athletes, we’ve been stuck in a box and confined to what our thought process is supposed to be, so to venture out and be a part of the world is super important.”

“Sometimes I’m So Carefree, With A Joy That’s Hard To Hide”

While showing off his home gym, a pool house now filled with exercise equipment and weights, Bennett decides that one of his visitors has to get on his self-powered Curve treadmill. Never mind that you haven’t warmed up, are in flip flops and have never run on one of these things before, Bennett is going to make you run hard, barefoot Customized New York Jets Jersey, and he’s going to find it highly amusing.

And that earlier conversation about fish? Somehow a few minutes later, over snacks consisting of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids, and fruit off of the Bennett’s lychee tree for the mainland visitors (who may or may not have needed instructions on how to eat said fruit), the conversation somehow shifts to, among other topics, one of Bennett’s guilty pleasures, the TLC show, “My 600-lb Life.”

When Peyton asks for lychee from the pool, Bennett throws one to his 10-year-old daughter, who makes the one-handed catch.

“Whoa, you’re like Doug Baldwin,” Bennett says. “Only taller.”

This is the side of Bennett Seahawks fans and the world knows best. He’s random, full of energy and genuinely funny. The man who goes by numerous nicknames, including Black Santa, once said he has a beard so he can “look like the richest homeless person I’ve ever seen;” he can turn anything into sexual innuendo, including his sack dance; and he famously celebrated an NFC championship win by commandeering a police bicycle to take a victory lap around CenturyLink Field. Moments like those don’t paint anything close to a complete picture of Bennett, but they are the part of him that often draws people in, giving him that platform he so badly wants to use to make a real difference.

Rio Alexander, a close friend of Bennett’s dating back to their middle school days in the Houston suburb of Alief, said “there was never a dull moment” growing up with Michael and younger brother Martellus. But Alexander, who was in town to visit his old friend, is also quick to point out that both Bennett brothers are more than just athletes or comedians.

“I think him and his brother both fall into that category (of being hard to define),” Alexander said. “We try to put people in a box, we like to make neat little packages for everyone, and we want them to fit a role… Think about how many things come out of their mouths, if you take just a snippet out of context, you can spin it any way you want it, but luckily in the long run his true character has come through, especially Seattle where he found a place that truly embraced him. Mike doesn’t fit in a box, and that’s a good thing.”

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Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett’s Hawaii Workouts

“If I Seem Edgy, I Want You To Know, That I Never Mean To Take It Out On You”

For all the good Bennett has done and will continue to do, sometimes he can’t help but get in his own way. He doesn’t apologize for his passionate side so much as he does accept that it’s a part of what makes him go, part of what allows him to be one of the league’s best defensive linemen despite going undrafted.

As goofy and fun-loving as Bennett is in in day-to-day life, he is not someone you want to anger when it comes to his job. There have been the occasional on-field dustups with teammates in training camp and even an occasional game. When teammate Nazair Jones had to cut a workout session short in Hawaii, Bennett showed no mercy when chiding the rookie, even though Jones was suffering from heat stroke, the result of volunteering at Bennett’s camp the day before. And yes, there was an unfortunate incident with a reporter after Seattle’s playoff loss in Atlanta, a heated moment for which Bennett did apologize.

“I’m just a passionate person, so passion can always boil over a little bit,” Bennett said. “Sometimes as a player you want to win so much, and you want to do whatever it takes to win, so sometimes when people ask you questions about the game, you put so much into the game, and when you lose, you just don’t want to answer questions about how much you put into the game. That’s the part that people misunderstand about the passion that I have.”

For the most part, even when Bennett toes the line, he’s coming from a good place. He was hard on Jones during Monday’s workout because he sees potential in the rookie and wants to push him to be his best; he scraps with teammates in camp because he is concerned an offensive lineman might unnecessarily put his or another defensive lineman’s health at risk; he bristles at certain postgame questions because like many of his hypercompetitive teammates,Custom Jets Jersey he has a hard time getting over a loss; and he was part of an end-of-Super Bowl-XLIX skirmish because there was still time on the clock and he refused to accept defeat. Moments like those don’t necessarily represent the best side of Bennett, but they’re part of the total package of a person who, while complex at times, has done exponentially more good for his team and community than harm.

“Life Has Its Problems, And I Got My Share”

If you dropped in on Bennett’s life right now knowing nothing of his past, you might think he has always lived a charmed life. The impressive house in paradise with an amazing view of the ocean, the beautiful family that adores him, the millions of dollars Customized New Orleans Saints Jersey and stardom that comes with Customized San Diego Chargers Jersey an NFL career, the respect of opponents who refer to him as one of the game’s best defensive players, and yes, the Super Bowl ring. But like so many others who have reached heights such as Bennett’s, he had plenty to overcome to find himself in this situation.

There were the football-related hurdles to overcome—being overshadowed as a recruit by his younger brother, struggling to earn playing time early in his career at Texas A&M, going undrafted in 2009, then being cut by Seattle early that season before catching on with Tampa Bay. But Bennett’s obstacles extended far beyond football. Born to a teenage mother, Bennett grew up with almost no relationship with his birth mom.

When speaking to the young audience at his camp, Bennett told the group, “Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t be from a small town, your mom had you at 17, and now you’re at the top of your game and you’re giving to the whole world. That’s my story. I’m not supposed to be here talking to y’all right now, I’m supposed to still be in Houston.”

Bennett is quick to praise the job his father, Michael Sr., and stepmother, Penny, did raising him and Martellus, but as he became an adult and a father as well, he realized he was missing something and reconnected with his birth mother.

“Now I’m at a point in my life where I can forgive past transgressions,” he said. “It took me a while to get to that emotional place to where I could forgive, and it has been such a great experience. It has been an emotional experience. Moments where you cry. She said she’s sorry, I’m sorry, and now we’re growing and it’s just a beautiful thing.

“I feel like if I’m not connected to her or able to forgive her, I feel like I’m not going to be able to love my wife or love my daughters properly, because I will always have this distrust in my heart. I don’t want to have that distrust. I want to be able to be open and fully committed to being a good man.”

Bennett’s childhood also included a seventh-month hospital stay due to serious complications caused by a ruptured appendix. While few people gain life perspective at the age of 10, Bennett believes that experience changed him for the better.

“I think that changed my outlook on life a lot,” he said. “Ever since then, I’ve always just been happy to be alive. People are always like, ‘Why are smiling so much?’ I’ve been close to death before, and to be here now and be in the moment, to go through everything I’ve been through and be where I’m at now, it’s just a blessing.”

Of Bennett’s many blessings, none are more important to him than Pele and the three girls filling the nearby pool with laughter, as well as the occasional silly arguments only siblings can manufacture. Bennett overcame plenty in his life to become a Pro Bowler, and he has worked hard to use his fame and fortune to do good in the world, but more than athlete or humanitarian, he self-identifies first as a father and husband.

“Family is so big in my life,” he said. “Family is the most important thing. Not just my immediate family, the family I’ve built along the way of my journey. People always say, ‘Michael, you’ve always got family around.’”

And sure enough only a few feet away watching the kids play in the pool is Jan Alexander, Rio’s mother and a woman Bennett described as “being like a community mother to everybody,” back in Alief.

“Family is so important to me because it’s the core of everything, everything else doesn’t really matter,” Bennett said. “How many sacks I get, how much money I make, it doesn’t matter if I can’t be a great father or a great husband or a great brother or a great uncle.”

Russell Wilson, Customized San Diego Chargers Jersey Richard Sherman Attend 2017 ESPYs

 

No Seahawks players were up for an award at the 2017 ESPY Awards, but two made an appearance at the star event in Los Angeles, Calif. Wednesday Customized New York Jets Jersey evening at Microsoft Theater.

Quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman walked the red carpet Custom Saints Jersey and made appearances to present awards during the show. Sherman, alongside Custom Chargers Jersey race driver Danica Patrick, presented the award for best record-breaking performance, while Wilson presented for best female athlete next to ski racer Lindsey Vonn.
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Here are a few social media clips of Wilson and Sherman from last night’s
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Seahawks At The 2017 ESPYs

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Good afternoon, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Thursday, July 13 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

Who Will Be The NFC West MVP?

ESPN NFL Nation reporters continued their offseason discussion panel by looking at which player in the NFC West will be the division MVP in 2017.
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Surprisingly, the four votes were evenly split between Arizona’s All-Pro running back David Johnson and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. The two reporters who voted for Wilson (Nick Wagoner and Sheil Kapadia) believe Wilson remains the division’s most valuable player and could put up big numbers Customized San Diego Chargers Jersey next season with the weapons the Seahawks have on offense Custom Jets Jersey at his disposal:

From Wagoner:

Wilson is still the best quarterback in the division and one of the biggest Customized New York Jets Jersey reasons the Seahawks remain the favorites to win the NFC West again. Last year was Wilson’s first chance to play a full season in which Custom Saints Jersey the offense centered on him and, though injuries prevented him from being as good as he was over the final part of the 2015 season, he still proved capable of guiding Seattle to the postseason.

From Kapadia:

With Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett and C.J. Prosise, this could
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Tweet Of The Day

Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, who shared this cool video of Wilson meeting his daughter, Dylan, at the 2017 ESPYs yesterday:

More From Around The Web

Scott Engel of RotoExperts.com previewed the quarterback position for the upcoming 2017 fantasy football season.

Seahawks Legend Kenny Easley reflected on the moment he discovered he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Finally, Seahawks Tylor Harris and Rees Odhiambo took a trip to Anchorage,
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