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Wednesday Round-Up: Michael Bennett re-signed with Seahawks "because of the fans"
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, July 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Michael Bennett Stayed In Seattle "Because Of The Fans"
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett joined Q13 FOX Sports Director Aaron Levine for an exclusive one-on-one interview that aired last night. Bennett talks with Levine about what swayed him to sign a new contract in Seattle, despite leaving money on the table elsewhere.
“I decided to stay, basically, because of the fans,” Bennett told Levine. “I love the fans here. Sometimes money can’t buy happiness, the way I’m happy in Seattle, especially with all the players I get to play with - Russell Wilson, Cliff Avril, Marshawn Lynch. It's hard to get a team like this team we've got. If it takes a little less (money) to be successful, sometimes it’s worth it.”
Bennett goes on to talk about his teammates who signed extensions this offseason and tells us about the influence behind his signature sack dance.
Russell Wilson One Of NFL's Top 10 Most-Clutch Quarterbacks
Former Seahawks scout Bucky Brooks, writing for NFL.com, ranks the League's Top 10 most-clutch quarterbacks, and the Seahawks' Russell Wilson comes in at No. 9 on his list.
On Wilson, Brooks writes, "It's easy to underestimate Wilson's role in the Seahawks' success based on his relatively pedestrian numbers, but astute observers recognize his impact as an efficient game manager. Wilson is akin to a pass-first point guard in Seattle's system, which generally makes him a distributor instead of a playmaker with the ball. A closer look at his production in the clutch, however, suggests that Wilson is far more than a caretaker when the game is on the line. In 2013, Wilson compiled a 102.9 passer rating in two-minute situations, displaying exceptional awareness as a run/pass threat on the perimeter. He also posted a 6:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in this area and proved to skeptics that, in a pinch, he could move the team on the strength of his right arm. In just two NFL seasons, Wilson has piled up 10 game-winning drives and eight fourth-quarter comeback victories. Clearly, this is a guy who stays cool under pressure."
The eight quarterbacks listed ahead of Wilson are the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers (No. 8), Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (No. 7), Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (No. 6), Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (No. 5), New England Patriots' Tom Brady (No. 4), Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning (No. 3), Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers (No. 2), and New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (No. 1).
"Beast Quake" Rumbles Into Elite 8 Of All-Time Memorable Plays
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard "Beast Quake" touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 wild-card round was voted as the most-memorable play in franchise history by the readers of ESPN.com. Now, Lynch's earth-shaking antics have moved into the quarterfinals of the NFL's All-Time Most-Memorable Plays bracket, which pits each team's most-memorable play against one another.
You can vote for Lynch's run - the bracket's No. 3 seed - right here. It's currently up against No. 1 seeded "The Catch" - Joe Montana's late-game touchdown toss to Dwight Clark that gave the San Francisco 49ers a 28-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC title game.
The bracket's semifinal round starts tomorrow - July 17, with the final round running July 18-20.
Seahawks Are 28th Most Valuable Sports Team
With a value of $1.081 billion, the Seahawks come in at No. 28 on Forbes' listing of The World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2014. The Seahawks are the 15th most valuable NFL club on the list, with the League holding 30 of the Top 50 slots (only the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars missed the mark).
Tweet of the Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who announced Seattle hip-hop artist Macklemore will join him at Safeco Field this Sunday for Sherman's second annual celebrity softball game.
Vote Seahawks For 2014 ESPYS
The Seahawks are up for Best Team, Pete Carroll for Best Coach/Manager, quarterback Russell Wilson for Best NFL Player, and cornerback Richard Sherman for Best Breakthrough Athlete at the 2014 ESPYS, the sports award ceremony going down tonight in Los Angeles, Calif.
Voting for each category ends this evening, when the winners will be unveiled starting at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
More From Around The Web
Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson joined NFL's Dave Dameshek's latest podcast to talk about Seattle's chances at winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times continues his preview of training camp, discussing who will win the starting job at right tackle.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com says linebacker Bruce Irvin might be poised to make the most-surprising breakthrough in 2014 once he is 100 percent recovered from his offseason hip surgery.
And Florida Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves says he likes to pattern his play after that of Seahawks All-Pro Richard Sherman.
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