Catching up with: Sam Adams

Posted Feb 2, 2013

First-round draft choice. Two-time Pro Bowl player. Super Bowl champion. Father of three. Owner of a half dozen athletic clubs. Part-time coach. Sam Adams has worn, and continues to wear, a lot of hats in his blessed life.

Who better to catch up with this week than Sam Adams?

A first-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 1994, Adams became a two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle and won a Super Bowl after signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. The Ravens are back in the Super Bowl – against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday – for the first time since that 2000 team which featured Adams.

We caught up with Adams before he raised the 12th Man flag at the Seahawks’ Week 16 Sunday night game against the 49ers at CenturyLink Field, but in a clairvoyant moment knew it would be more relevant to post the interview this week.

What he did: Adams started 66 games and played in 89 during his six-season stay with the Seahawks, who made him the eighth pick overall in the 1994 NFL Draft. Playing next to Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, Adams had his best season in 1997 with 52 tackles and seven sacks and was a first alternate to the Pro Bowl. He was voted the team’s Man of the Year in 1998, when he also scored his first NFL touchdown on a 25-yard return after batting and intercepting a Troy Aikman pass. After his highly successful two-year stay with the Ravens, Adams also played for the Oakland Raiders (2002), Buffalo Bills (2003-05), Cincinnati Bengals (2006) and Denver Broncos (2007).

What he’s doing: Adams, 39 and the son of former NFL offensive lineman Sam Adams Sr., has become a bit of a renaissance man since his 14-season NFL career ended. He was owner of the Everett Hawks of the Arena League 2. He now owns the Oregon Athletic Clubs; and spends his time helping coach his kids’ teams and, as he put it, “chasing them around.” Adams and his wife, Erika, have three children – sons Terin, who is playing football and basketball at Juanita High School in Kirkland; and Sam, who is in elementary school; and daughter Tea Alexis, who is in the eighth grade.


If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “I’d definitely have to go with President Obama.”

Must-see TV: “Always the Super Bowl.”

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


My best memory as a Seahawk: “It’s when we actually lost against the Jets (in the 1999 season finale). We were all watching the Raiders game against Kansas City (in the locker room). The Chiefs lost, so we actually made the playoffs. We thought we were out of the playoffs, and thought the season was over and then we got to play in the last game played in the Kingdome (a wild-card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, and the Seahawks’ first postseason appearance since 1988). So that was my best moment.”

Something most people don’t know about me: “I run a girls’ select basketball program for Juanita High School. I have fourth grade to eighth grade.”

If I could relive one day in my life: “Man, I wouldn’t do it. God has blessed me. I’m grateful for everything I’ve done. We obviously all have things we would have done differently, but I had a plan, I’m sticking to it and I’m good.”