What makes a good captain?
“A great team leader,” Richard Sherman, the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback, said on Thursday. “Someone who actually makes plays on Sundays who helps your team win games. Who stands up in crucial situations. Who’s able to be called upon in crucial situations and stands up. Somebody that’s dependable.”
That describes so many of the players on the Seahawks, but quarterback Russell Wilson (offense), defensive end Red Bryant (defense) and linebacker Heath Farwell (special teams) have been voted the captains for the 2013 season by their teammates. And to a captain, they said the honor is even more meaningful because of the other players who also are deserving.
“It means a lot to me to be voted a captain on a team as talented as this,” said Farwell, who was elected for the second consecutive year after leading the special teams in tackles the past two seasons. “That’s an important thing – on a team that has this many great players, to be singled out from them is pretty special.”
Bryant also was elected the defensive captain last season and is “the heart and soul of the defense,” as Sherman put it. But it also means even more to him this year because of the number of worthy candidates – the All-Pro duo of free safety Earl Thomas and Sherman, as well as the Pro Bowl-caliber contingent of strong safety Kam Chancellor, cornerback Brandon Browner, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, nose tackle Brandon Mebane and Leo end Chris Clemons.
“There’s no question about it, it’s a big honor,” Bryant said. “It meant a lot to me for my teammates to hold me in such high regard. I was pumped. I didn’t show a lot of emotion, but it meant a lot to me. It really did.
“It’s big, especially given the fact that we’ve got a number of players who could have been captain. Our secondary is one of the best, if not the best, in the league. Bobby Wagner has really taken on a bigger role for us. Brandon Mebane. K.J. Wright. You’ve just got talent everywhere. So for those guys to bless me to be their captain, to have that confidence in me, it means a lot to me.”
Wilson replaces All-Pro center Max Unger, who was voted the offensive captain last season. But, again, being selected from among the talented group that also includes All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch, Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung, rock-steady tight end Zach Miller and leading receiver Sidney Rice put the honor over the top for the second-year quarterback.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Wilson said. “And we have so many leaders on this football team, guys like Max Unger and Russell Okung, to Marshawn Lynch, to Sidney Rice. So it’s a tremendous honor and I’m excited about it.”