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Monday in Hawkville: June is Seattle Seahawks Month
A recap of the activities during the Seahawks’ OTA session at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for June 2:
WORD OF THE DAY: FAN-TASTIC
On Jan. 19, Larry Phillips wasn’t serving in his capacity as the King County Council chair. He was just another set of lungs in the 12th Man crowd at CenturyLink Field.
“My son and I were at the conference championship game,” Phillips said after the Seahawks’ OTA session on Monday, and after presenting coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider with a XXXL-sized proclamation proclaiming June as Seattle Seahawks month.
“I told him, ‘This is the only time I’ve ever bought an expensive seat for a football game and never sat down.’ We just had a blast.”
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“I couldn’t go to the White House; I couldn’t see President Obama and the First Lady like that. So I cut it all off.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson, who had his hair trimmed into a Mohawk at a charity event for diabetes the weekend before the team’s trip to Washington, D.C.
So did the Seahawks, who won the NFC title with a 23-17 victory over the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers and then lambasted the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl XLVIII two weeks later.
The Council has been trying to honor the Seahawks ever since for the most-successful season in franchise history and one of the better feel-good stories in Seattle sports history. But things kept getting in the way – like the parade through the streets of Seattle three days after the Super Bowl win; and the start of the offseason, which saw the players scatter like the wind; and then there was the trip to the White House two weeks ago to be honored by President Barack Obama.
Was there any jealousy that the White House got the first shot at honoring the champs?
“No. No. No,” Phillips said with a laugh. “I thought the White House visit was wonderful. I thought President Obama did a great job of knowing the team and having some fun with the players at the same time. It was fabulous.”
“It’s just fun for us to be able to recognize the team,” Phillips said.
The “us” included Council members Rod Dembowski, Larry Gossett, Kathy Lambert, Dave Upthegrove, Jane Hague, Pete von Reichbauer, Joe McDermott and Reagan Dunn; as well as members of their staffs.
“Just to be able to come out, especially on a day like today,” Phillips said. “None of us have really been in the inner sanctum; we hadn’t seen this side of the building. So it was very cool.”
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 50
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Earl Thomas was the only player in the NFL last season with five interceptions and 100 tackles. The All-Pro free safety also is only the fifth player in Seahawks history to do it and this season can become just the second to do it twice. Here’s a look at the exclusive group Thomas has joined:
“We’re just playing defense,” middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “It takes a lot. If we’re going to call ourselves the best, we’ve got to prove it every day – whether it’s practice or on the field. That’s just linebackers. K.J. got a pick today. We’re really trying to really standout.
“I love the D-line and the secondary gets a lot of pub, but you will talk about the linebackers this year.”
But 50 also was the yardage on the TD pass that Wilson uncorked to wide receiver Paul Richardson, the team’s top pick in last month’s NFL Draft.
“You saw him today just go for that deep, deep, deep ball that I threw to him,” Wilson said. “He’s looking exceptionally well.”
SURGERY FOR BRUCE IRVIN
Former first-round draft choice and strong-side linebacker Bruce Irvin has had hip surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely. Irvin participated in the first two OTA sessions last week, but was sidelined on Friday. With Irvin out on Monday, Mike Morgan stepped in and rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis also got some work with the No. 1 unit.
UP NEXT: OTA SESSIONS CONTINUE ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
The players also have OTA practices on Tuesday and Thursday – the fifth and sixth of their 10 they’re allowed under the CBA that ended the lockout in 2011. The final four OTA sessions will be held next week.