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Focus on: Drake
You never know who might show up at a Seahawks practice.
Thursday, it was Canadian rapper Drake. After 20 players attended his concert at the Tacoma Dome on Wednesday night, Drake and his entourage paid a visit to Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday so he could watch his favorite team practice as the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday’s big game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.
And it was difficult to tell who was more excited – the players who went to see him perform, or the performer who came to watch the players practice.
“I’m like a kid out here. It’s incredible,” Drake said. “I respect anybody who does what these players do as well as they do it. This is an art form, definitely. So just to watch these guys piece all these things together – things that I could never do – it’s amazing.
“I’m such a fan – Golden (Tate), (Marshawn) Lynch, (Richard) Sherman and obviously Russ (Wilson). So it’s just so great to come out and see them in person, especially at practice.”
Drake’s current CD, “Nothing Was the Same,” has been ranked at No. 14 in the Top 50 CDs of 2013 by Rolling Stone, which calls him “the people’s rapper.”
He definitely was the players’ rapper on this day. Drake caught a few passes from Wilson after practice, when he also poised for pictures.
“He’s a great artist. He’s put out a lot of music,” strong safety Kam Chancellor said. “Just being at the concert, you hear all these hits. It was the best show I’ve ever been to. And then to have him come see us today, it was just great.”
Chancellor also took one other thing from Wednesday night’s concert. “He definitely knows how to work the crowd,” he said.
Sounds like Drake might be ready for honorary membership in the Legion of Boom, which also knows how to work the crowd – as well as work over opposing receivers for the NFL’s top-ranked defense.
“Oh definitely,” Chancellor said. “He can be in the Legion of Boom if he wants to.”
So let’s call this concert-to-practice connection a win-win.
“It’s great,” Drake said. “Today was definitely one of my dreams come true. I’m a newer Seahawks fan, but I’m still a Seahawks fan.”