Catching up with: Rufus Porter

Posted Dec 3, 2011

Rufus Porter made the Seahawks as a rookie free agent in 1988 after being the 108th player signed by the team that year.

What he did: Porter, who made the Seahawks as a rookie free agent in 1988 after being the 108th player signed by the team that year, went to the Pro Bowl twice as a special teams player (1988-89) and then started at outside linebacker for five seasons (1990-94). But it was while stepping up to play rush-end in the nickel that he got most of his 37½ sacks, which rank seventh in franchise history. Porter also is the only player voted to two spots on the 35th Anniversary team – as an outside linebacker and the special teams player.

What he’s doing: Porter, now 46, runs 8to80, a nonprofit organization that focuses on building healthy lives in Louisiana, where he grew up and went to Southern University. His son, Rufus Jr., is a linebacker at Louisiana Tech and his daughter, Atina, played volleyball at and graduated from Memphis State University.

Quick hits

If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “I’m a big, huge fan of Michael Jackson. Huge fan.”

Must-see TV: “There’s a lot of television shows that I like, but I would say ‘Married with Children.’ ”

The best book I’ve ever read: “The Bible.”

You don’t say

My best memory as a Seahawks is: “There’s a lot, but everybody always talks about that Monday night game against Cincinnati when I had that little fight.”

Something most people don’t know about me: “I’m a real nice person, but don’t push my buttons. I can get mean, but no one has ever pushed me all the way to that limit.”

If I could relive one day in my life: “Going back to the day when my dad passed, so I could see him again.”

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