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Catching up with: Bruce Scholtz

Posted Nov 23, 2013

After stepping in as a starting outside linebacker as a rookie in 1982, Bruce Scholtz led the Seahawks’ first playoff team in tackles in 1983 and went on to start for five more seasons on three more playoff teams.

Bruce Scholtz was in town recently as part of the 30th-anniversary celebration for the first playoff team in Seahawks’ history. That’s when we caught up with the team’s second-round draft choice from 1982:

What he did: Scholtz stepped in as a starter at outside linebacker as a rookie during the strike-shortened 1982 season and led the first playoff team in franchise history with 104 tackles in 1983. By the time he left the Seahawks after the 1988 season, Scholtz had started 95 games, played on the first three playoff teams (1983, 1984 and 1987) and the first team to win a division title (1988). He played for the New England Patriots in 1989.

What he’s doing: Living in Austin, of course. “The best place in Texas,” he said. Before going to the University of Texas, Scholtz also was Central Texas Defensive Player of the Year at David Crockett High School in Austin. He now does sports marketing for Advanced Micro Devices. “I love it,” he said.

Quick hits

If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “Probably Abe Lincoln. I just saw that movie on the plane, so I’d like to pick his brain. It would probably take about nine hours.”

Must-see TV: “I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, so I don’t have a favorite show. I like watching the Longhorns and the Seahawks. This fan base and this organization as made it cool to be a Seahawks fan in Austin, Texas – in Cowboy country. That’s saying something.”

The best book I’ve ever read: “Oddly enough, ‘War and Peace.’ I had to read three times, but I got it.”

You don’t say

My best memory as a Seahawk is: “Oh my gosh. Probably that win in Miami (in the 1983 divisional playoff game), that we had no chance of winning. The flight was delayed. We got in at 3 o’clock in the morning and went through a walkthrough and just kind of shuffled out on the field and won the game. And nobody gave us a chance. We didn’t have enough time to realize what was going on, so there was no pressure on you. We just went out and played. Keith Butler, Kenny Easley, Joe Nash, Jacob Green, we had a great defense that did well with the game plan going against (Dan) Marino, (Mark) Duper and those guys. We were able to play that Cover 2 Miami. (Defensive coordinator) Tom Catlin, rest his soul, was just a genius at that.”

Something most people don’t know about me: “I love riding bikes.”

If I could relive one day in my life: “Probably the day I got drafted by Seattle. It was the first time my dad really gave me a big, big hug. We weren’t a big hugging family. But he grabbed me like this (reenacts a huge hug)."