Tony McDaniel flew to Pacific Northwest looking for a vacation. You know, some kayaking, hiking and a little faux-Bavarian charm. But thanks to social media and his agent, McDaniel's Leavenworth vacation turned into a job opportunity with his former team.
When McDaniel's agent, David Canter, saw McDaniel post on Snapchat from the airport, he asked his client where he was going. When McDaniel told Canter of his plans, Canter reached out to the Seahawks about a tryout since McDaniel was already going to be in the state.
"I was down in Leavenworth," McDaniel said of last weekend's vacation turned job interview. "I was down in Leavenworth hiking and kayaking. My agent saw me on snapchat and realized I was in Washington, so he contacted the Seahawks and asked them to bring me in for a workout. So that's kind of how that happened. It's amazing how you can use social media to help you out."
McDaniel got his tryout with the Seahawks and signed this week to reunite with the team with which he was a starting defensive tackle in 2013 and 2014.
"I'm excited to be back," he said. "… It's like coming back home. I feel like I've been on a vacation, and now I'm happy, relieved, excited, all in one. I'm very excited to be back. Some of the guys are excited to see me back, I can tell by the love and energy I'm getting. I'm happy to be back."
Among those excited to see McDaniel back was cornerback Richard Sherman, who described McDaniel's signing as, "Fantastic. We love it. We love it, we love it, we love it."
After one year in Tampa Bay, McDaniel said he felt like he fit right in on his first day back with the Seahawks, picking up the defense right away.
"It really was overnight," McDaniel said. "I've only been gone a year, and the stuff I learned here is ingrained in me as a player. It was pretty easy for me to pick back up on it."
McDaniel said he has stayed in shape despite not being with a team this summer until now—hiking and kayaking helps—but he also knows there's still work to be done to get into football shape.
"I think I'm pretty healthy," McDaniel said. "I'm still the same weight as when I was here. I do a lot of running, a lot of hiking, stuff to keep me active. I'm pretty in shape, but there's nothing like getting out here and getting hit, getting in football shape. You can work out as much as you want, but you've got to actually get out here and get hit."
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