With their close proximity to Canada, the Seahawks naturally have plenty of fans north of the border, and as evidenced by Justin Senior, who Seattle took with the No. 210 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the team's reach goes beyond just nearby Vancouver, B.C.
"I was a Seattle fan, especially with Beast Mode and all that, especially coming out of Canada the Seattle Seahawks were a really big team," Senior, a native of Montreal, Quebec, said on his draft day. "A lot of my friends love the Seattle Seahawks. My mom likes the Seattle Seahawks. When it [getting drafted by Seattle] happened, I was like 'Wow, I couldn't picture it any better than this.'
"That whole situation, you guys took over the world with that," Senior later recalled of the Seahawks' success running the football in recent seasons. "That was amazing. You guys were just running up and down the field on people. Even in Canada, Seattle was like the team for everyone I knew, even everyone I know now. Here's the craziest part: my mom doesn't even really watch football at all, but the Seahawks are the only team she ever really talks about. She hit me up and she was like, 'I can't believe it.' It's crazy."
On top of his and his mom's Seahawks' fandom, here's 12 more things to know about Senior, a sixth-round draft selection by Seattle out of Mississippi State.
Senior:"When I was really, really young, they used to call me 'The Wall' because I was bigger than everybody. People used to run into me and fall down. When I got to Mississippi State, my coach gave me the name of 'Junior,' kind of a play on my last name. They said that all of the seniors have to do this, but now your nickname is Junior. … But usually they just call me by my last name, Senior."
2. College Major?
Senior:"Political Science and Sociology."
Senior:"Really into anything that has to do with animals; babysitting animals, helping animals. That's what I do when I have free time, that's what I do willingly anyway. Of course I love playing video games like everybody else. Like all last season I was kind of running this dog daycare type thing. I don't have any pets of my own, that's why I like taking care of others. I know I'm really in a situation where I can't have an animal — I have to go around and move around so much — and I always wanted a pet of my own. But since so many people around me had pets and they never had time to take care of them, which was weird to me, but I said I'll do it because I would love to do it and I'm not really doing much else."
4. Dog or Cat Person?
Senior:"Both. You could say I'm a dog person because my first love was dogs, but I have a couple friends with cats and they're really cool, too, trust me."
5. Favorite T.V. Show?
Senior:"Game of Thrones."
6. Favorite Movie?
Senior:"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
7. Favorite Video Game?
Senior: "GTA, anything made by Rockstar."
8. Favorite Food?
Senior:"I would say Middle Eastern food. Have you ever had that like kebab and stuff? I love that."
9. City or Country You'd Like To Visit One Day?
Senior: "Been to Jamaica, I've been in Canada, I've been in America, but I'd love to go see Europe."
10. Role Model Growing Up?
Senior:"My mom. Definitely my mom without a doubt because she's like the best person I know, and I'm not just saying that. It's been proven. You can ask anyone around the neighborhood, anyone that used to work with her. She's literally the lifeline of any place she is. She took care of so many kids when I was growing up. We were not by any means rich, but we always had about five other kids in the house because she was looking after all these kids when other people couldn't. We even had people live with us, families live with us in a small apartment just because my mom didn't want them to be on the street. It's insane. She works at a daycare five days a week and then on her weekends — all her weekends — she works with my aunt who runs like an old folks home, but it's for the mentally handicapped. So it's twice as hard and she doesn't even really ever act that way. She's always energetic even now. She's always trying to learn something new. She's really incredible, man. She's awesome."
11. Best Advice You've Ever Received?
Senior:"My mom, she always told me to like handle things on your own. Always put yourself in a situation where you can take care of it yourself. It's not the nicest thing, but she said don't really rely on other people for anything. Yeah, you could always ask them for help, but never put yourself in a situation where they have to help you or you'll be in a bad spot. Always be able to take care of things on your own, and that's basically what I've been doing. I've been in Canada, I've been in America on my own, doing football on my own. Both my parents worked two jobs, so anything I wanted to do was me taking care of it myself and it's been nice because when I got here a lot of people started getting homesick and stuff like that, but for me it was like this is what I was meant to do, this is what I was planning to do, this is what I have to do. So my mom always told me take care of your own business and my dad always said the ball is in your court. Since 16, he's said the ball is in your court, so whatever you do, it's all on you."
12. Aside From The NFL, Your Dream Job Would Be?
Senior:"It's not really glamorous, but I really wanted to be a lawyer because I was really good at arguing. I was always good at reading and writing from a really young age and being a lawyer seemed like the best move for me. A corporate lawyer, to be exact. I'm not going to lie, I kind of like playing devil's advocate sometimes, that's why I said corporate lawyer, because it's a whole different ball game than representing one person. It's not as personal, really."
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Photos of new Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Senior from Mississippi State.