As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, and Episode 7 of The Sound invites us into the hearts and minds of a trio of Seahawks, as they give insight on what home truly is to them.
In March, the Seahawks acquired free-agent outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu via free agency. Through just eight games, Nwosu has matched his career-high of five sacks, along with five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. But this episode of The Sound takes us through a timeline leading up to this point, as Nwosu embarks on a new journey with the Seahawks. Episode 7 of The Sound looks at Nwosu's experiences coming home to both California and Africa.
The episode begins in California, as the Seahawks steal a 37-23 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7. Seahawks veteran defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson embraces Nwosu on the sideline pre-game, giving encouragement to Nwosu as he faces the team that selected him in the second round of the 2018 draft.
"I'm gonna just play my game bro, I'm good," said Nwosu to Jefferson.
Nwosu playfully shows disappointment as a takedown of Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is ruled a tackle for loss, but getting the win and seeing old teammates and playing in front of family was more important for the Carson native than individual stats. But he was a little hurt about not getting a sack.
"The fact that I missed one," said Nwosu. "Or that I missed the one, I was so close a bunch of other times. I just really wanted it, but most importantly, I got the win."
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll dedicates the game ball to Nwosu, as teammates embraced him. The story comes full-circle for Nwosu, who grew up 20 minutes away from SoFi Stadium, from Carson to the University of Southern California, and to the Chargers, and now a win over his old team with his current one.
Nwosu's next stop in Episode 7 is back to Seattle - to visit the Boys & Girls Club of Wallingford.
"When I was growing up I wasn't able to be around football players or any type of players of any sport," said Nwosu.
From speaking to the youth as a group, to playing basketball, we get a glimpse of the man under the helmet. Giving back is key for Nwosu, a man that shows great appreciation for his opportunities, and a passion for helping the next generation. Ever-proud of his Nigerian roots, Nwosu jumped at the opportunity this summer to represent Seattle as part of NFL Africa. The Sound takes us to Ghana, as Nwosu teaches children the game of American football - and helps prepare the next-potential African prospects yearning for a shot.
"The only thing I focused on was ball," said Nwosu. "But now it's like, my eyes are opened to so many things. You can really change the world or impact different things. When you're coming out, it's just all about football, football, playing, playing, playing, playing. But there's more things to life than just that."
Off the field, we get a look at Ghana's present state, and historical landmarks that tell the history of the lands past - like the Door of No Return.
Ten years ago, Seattle selected West Virginia University outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, and a decade later, Irvin is back for his third stint with the team. The Super Bowl XLVIII champion was in need of a team - and Seattle was in need of pass rush help.
"It was a perfect ending to an awesome career," said Irvin. "It feels like it was meant to be, from 51 being available, for me moving in the exact-same house. It just feels like it was meant to be and a perfect ending to my football story. Getting drafted here in 2012 in one of the best draft classes ever."
Now, Irvin is gushing about the talent of the 2022 class, one that's making a great deal of noise in its own right.
"Man I just text Bobby (Wagner) yesterday," said Irvin. "Bobby, this might be the best draft class since our class."
Irvin shares his mentorship with rookies like cornerback Tariq Woolen, taking them under his wing on-and-off the field.
"Adding a guy like Bruce to the room is incredible," said Nwosu. "Not only for the young guys, but for me as well. I'm kinda old, but I'm kinda young at the same time, so it's great to have a guy like that in the room. For me, personally."
Seahawks Legend Shaun Alexander comes home in Episode 7, becoming the 15th person to go into Seattle’s esteemed Ring of Honor.
In eight seasons with Seattle, Alexander had five 1,000-yard seasons, along with earning the league's Most Valuable Player honors in 2005. From putting the team on his back, to putting on the blue Ring of Honor blazer - we get a look at the amazing career of Alexander.
Seahawks General Manager John Schneider closes the show, welcoming our armed services for a day of appreciation from the team.
"Anytime you have an opportunity to be able to give back, I think it's a huge gift," said Schneider.
Schneider's passion for honoring those sacrificing for us in the armed services has earned him the Seahawks nomination for the 2022 NFL Salute to Service Award, a metaphor for this episode, as those who give from their hearts continue to receive those blessings back. The 5-3 Seahawks continue to spread the love throughout, giving back to others.
Behind-the-scenes of Episode 7 of The Sound, as Uchenna Nwosu & Bruce Irvin return to places that mean something to them, and Seahawks Legend Shaun Alexander returns to be inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor. Read more here.