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Seahawks players Kelcie McCray, Kevin Pierre-Louis, and Steven Terrell, the Sea Gals, team mascots Blitz and BOOM, as well as members of the Blue Thunder Drumline joined more than 700 youth at CenturyLink Field Event Center on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 for the Junior 12s Kids Club Holiday Pajama Party. View
Seahawks broadcaster Warren Moon, former coach Mike Holmgren, the Sea Gals, Blue Thunder Drumline, and team mascot Blitz joined Seattle personalities for the annual celebrity bell ringing event for The Salvation Army on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. View
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. Read
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.” Read