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Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson on race and the NFL
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
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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, July 9 - about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
Russell Wilson Talks Race And The NFL
In a special for TheMMQB.com, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson discusses the role race has played throughout the history of the NFL, and offers his take on just how far we've come.
When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl this past February, Wilson became just the second African-American quarterback to win the big game. Wilson knew the history of what he had accomplished, but what surprised him most about that moment was that nobody asked him about it in the media frenzy that followed.
"I believe the culture has changed in America, and in the NFL," Wilson writes. "Nowhere can you see that more than in Seattle. I can tell you without reservation that Paul Allen and our GM, John Schneider, and our coach, Pete Carroll, don’t care what race you are, what color you are. They only care about performance."
Wilson sees the culture and the League moving in the right direction, evolving to become "a place where it's about ability first, second, and third."
"Today, I don’t look at myself as a black guy, or a black quarterback," he says. "I look at myself as a person, and a quarterback. My attitude is if I want to be the best, I’ve got to beat the best. And it has nothing to do with color." Read
Percy Harvin Knew He Was Going To Do "Something Dangerous" In Super Bowl XLVIII
In part two of an exclusive one-on-one interview with wide receiver Percy Harvin, Q13 FOX Sports Director Aaron Levine talks with the Seahawks wideout about his health, the competition at punt returner, and how the team will stay hungry this season without resting on their laurels.
Harvin also reveals his favorite moment from Super Bowl XLVIII, telling Levine that he knew he was going to do "something dangerous" to start the second half.
“I told all the offensive players, don’t even be worried about getting off the bench. And they all kind of looked at me…," Harvin said. “I knew, if they (the Broncos) even gave me a chance (at returning the kickoff), I was going to do something dangerous. Once it happened and I scored I just looked up and just was like, wow, it actually came true.” Read
Beast Mode Bares It All
You've probably seen it by now, but Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch posed nude for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, which will hit newsstands this Friday, July 11. Lynch is one of six cover models and 22 athletes to appear in this year's issue. Read
710 ESPN Seattle Announces New Morning Show
The Seahawks' flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle announced the return of "Brock and Salk" yesterday, providing listeners with a local morning show from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. PT. The new show switches up the station's existing talent a bit, but don't worry - everyone still has a job. Read
Seahawks Partner With Outerwall, Inc.
The Seahawks announced a partnership yesterday with Outerwall, Inc., the company that provides Redbox® entertainment and Coinstar® money services. The partnership aims to expand philanthropic support for youth services, with Outerwall donating up to $100,000 to the Seahawks' Spirit of 12 community-based non-profits. Read
Tweet(s) of the Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who put the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII championship ring on display yesterday in Canton, Ohio.
A related reminder - Seahawks owner Paul Allen is giving away 12 replica Super Bowl rings to 12 lucky fans who show off and share their digital bling using the Seahawks mobile app. The contest ends this Friday, July 11 and winners will be notified on Saturday, July 12.
More From Around The Web
Adam Schein of NFL.com has created his own Top 10 players of 2014 ahead of NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014 finale which will unveil players ranked No. 10 - 1 later tonight. Schein tabs free safety Earl Thomas at No. 10 and cornerback Richard Sherman at No. 9 in his ranks.
Steven Ruiz of USA Today has Seahawks running back Christine Michael on his list of five young players set to break out in 2014.
SI.com discusses the offseason in the NFC West in their latest Audibles Podcast.
Jake Edmonds of KTVA Alaska talks with Heath Farwell and Mike Morgan about their participation in the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers Play 60 Challenge. The pair of linebackers are in Alaska this week as part of the Seahawks 12 Tour.
And Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune looks ahead to the Seahawks' Week 2 matchup with the San Diego Chargers.