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Thursday Round-Up: Eight Seahawks on ESPN's All-NFC West team
Five Seahawks players, including defensive end Cliff Avril, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham, cornerback Richard Sherman, and quarterback Russell Wilson will take part in the NFL's 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign in Week 13, showing support for various causes, foundations, and charities by wearing customized cleats this weekend. View
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Jan. 2 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Eight Seahawks have made the All-NFC West team put together by ESPN.com. The team's six Pro Bowlers - quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, center Max Unger, strong safety Kam Chancellor, cornerback Richard Sherman, and free safety Earl Thomas - are joined by linebacker Bobby Wagner and kicker Steven Hauschka. Seattle's eight players tie with the San Francisco 49ers for the most well-represented team in the division.
John Clayton of ESPN.com has his 2013 All-Pro team and cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas make his list. On Sherman, Clayton writes, "Sherman is a strong candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Amazingly, he had eight interceptions when fewer than four passes a game were thrown in his direction. He's allowed fewer than two completions a game against him." And on Thomas, Clayton says, "He's had a Troy Polamalu-type season, roaming the field to make tackles and big plays. His range allowed the Seahawks to compensate while they were missing of two of their top three cornerbacks."
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says head coach Pete Carroll supports his assistants who are receiving head-coaching interest from other teams.
Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press calls out a potential flaw in each of the 12 playoff teams, pointing to a Seattle offense that was held under 300 yards in three of their final four games.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has a closer look at what life is like for Seattle's practice squad players.
Russ Bowen of KOMO 4 News recaps the United Way of King County Charity Bowling Bash hosted by Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril earlier this week. Avril's event benefited Strikes for Kids, which supports youth education.
Here at Seahawks.com, team photographer Rod Mar has his latest "Eye on the Seahawks" photo blog highlighting the team's regular season finale against the St. Louis Rams.
And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth hands out his team honors for the fourth quarter of the regular season.