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Focus on: Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin has been voted the Seahawks’ Man of the Year for his work in the community, but the third-year wide receiver was almost embarrassed by the recognition.
That’s because Baldwin donates his time for the good of those he’s involved with, not to be singled out.
“All the stuff I do in the community, I actually told the people that I work with that I didn’t want people to know,” Baldwin said Wednesday, when his selection – and inclusion in a Who’s Who of former and current Seahawks – was announced.
“And the reason being is because I feel it takes away from the reason why you do it. It takes away from the purpose and the cause and the feeling. I like it to be about the person and not about me, because it’s not about me. I’ve been blessed to be in the position in order to do what I do and have an influence. So if I can sign a football or go visit somebody in the hospital and that puts a smile on their face, it’s not about me it’s about them.”
And Baldwin has been doing all of that – and more – since joining the Seahawks as a rookie free agent in 2011.
Baldwin also stressed that his efforts would not happen without those of fan development coordinator Jessica Hancock and the other members of the Seahawks’ community outreach and fan development department – director of community outreach Sandy Gregory; assistant director of fan development Paul Johns; assistant director of community outreach Connie Cate; fan development International outreach manager Armando Mejia; fan development coordinator Thomas Buren; and community outreach coordinators Tiffany Green and Keli Imus.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Jessica Hancock and the fan development and community relations department,” Baldwin said. “Those guys help me do a lot of this stuff.
“They were supposed to keep this quiet. But a lot of thanks goes to them, because they have their own jobs to do. But they put aside some time to help me with some of the projects I wanted to do. So a lot of credit goes to them, as well.”
Johns was the team’s Man of the Year in 1983, while playing wide receiver for the Seahawks. Other past winners include Jim Zorn (1980), Dave Brown (1982), Mike Tice (1985-87), Steve Largent (1988), Norm Johnson (1989), Jacob Green (1990), Eugene Robinson (1991-93 and 1995), Brian Blades (1994), Jon Kitna (1999-2000), Matt Hasselbeck (2003), Mack Strong (2004), Shaun Alexander (2005), Marcus Trufant (2006), Bobby Engram (2007), John Carlson (2011) and Russell Okung (last year).
Brown, Largent, Johnson, Green, Robinson, Blades, Hasselbeck, Strong, Alexander, Trufant, Engram and Carlson also were voted to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.
It also makes joining this elite group of players and people special for Baldwin because the competition was so stiff this year. The other finalists were Okung, quarterback Russell Wilson, cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Golden Tate.
Like Baldwin, they give their time freely to help others. Like Baldwin, they do things even without being asked – and some things even the club doesn’t know about. It’s called giving back.
“The team itself just wants to give back to the community, whether that’s here in Seattle or back home where they’re from,” Baldwin said. “That’s just a testament to the type of guys we have on this team, the character of the guys that we have on this team.
“It’s special to be part of that. But again, at the end of the day it’s not about us, it’s about those people that we’ve been able to positively impact. That’s why I do it.”