Happy Blue Friday, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today, November 26, about your Seattle Seahawks.
Doug Baldwin Joins 'Seahawks Man 2 Man' Podcast
Doug Baldwin retired in 2019 as one of the most prolific pass catchers in Seahawks history. Over eight seasons from 2011 to 2018, Baldwin amassed 493 catches for 6,563 yards — both good for third in franchise history — along with 49 receiving touchdowns, second in franchise history behind only the great Steve Largent (100).
Baldwin's at-times intense demeanor earned him the nickname "Angry Doug" early in his Seahawks tenure, but his veteran leadership and impassioned play over the years made him a fan favorite among the 12s. Since retiring, though, Baldwin has been largely focused on his personal growth and hasn't done a ton of press to let fans in on what's been going on.
That changed this week, as Baldwin sat down with The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar and broadcast journalist Christopher Kidd of the 'Seahawks Man 2 Man' podcast for a wide-ranging and thoughtful discussion on Baldwin's identity away from football, what he's learned about himself away from the game, and why route running was always the most important part of his game. Click here to listen to and watch the podcast episode on YouTube, and check out a few highlights below:
On if he's discovered who he is away from football:
"Yeah, actually … At the end of the day, I'm just another flawed human being. That's what it comes down to. I think the worst thing that a person can do is feed into being idolized, and I did that. And there's a lot of consequences that come with that. And in the process of kind of unraveling all that, I had to figure out, 'Who is Doug Baldwin, really? Who am I really? How do I fit [in]to the bigger picture, the grand scheme of the world, and how do I want to show up?' Since I was six years old I've been kind of idolized and put on this pedestal because of my performance on the football field, but then when all that's gone, you have to — as an individual — ask yourself, 'What is my value as a human being?'"
On why he's been so "tight-lipped" since retirement:
"I had to. When you go through this process, you've got to eliminate the distractions. I had to keep my mind stimulated intellectually, so I joined Intellectual Ventures as an advisor just to continue to work on my brain, make sure that it was still stimulated. But I had to get away from that world. It's an entertainment industry at the end of the day, and there's a lot of distractions. A lot of false affirmations and beliefs about myself that were wrapped up into that identity, and I wanted to remove myself from that environment so I could really have a clear image and a clear conscience of who I was in that moment, so that I could change and be the person I wanted to be … for my daughters and my wife in the future."
On why route running is such an important skill to him:
"It's like, that is my one-on-one matchup. I have to win my matchup. I don't want it to be a question of whether I won or not. There's no question whether I won or not. Example — Super Bowl 49, the one we lost against the Patriots. Darrelle Revis was yapping that whole week. Kind of subtle jabs, no one was really listening to him — but I was. And I took them personally. I wanted to route him up … I studied him more than I've ever studied anybody ever. I knew who Darrelle Revis was as a man, the way he walked, the way he talked , the way he acted … I needed to have that level of confidence, because I wanted to leave no doubt."
Take a look back at some of the best photos and moments from wide receiver Doug Baldwin Jr.'s career with the Seattle Seahawks.
Ricky Watters Named Semifinalist For Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class Of 2022
26 modern-era NFL players were named as semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Wednesday, and former Seahawks running back Ricky Watters was one of the names to make the cut. Watters played in Seattle from 1998 through 2001, rushing for at least 1,200 yards and five touchdowns in the '98, '99, and '00 seasons before a broken ankle ended his season early in 2001.
Watters was also named as a semifinalist for the Hall of Fame in 2020.
The 26 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 before the final voting process for the Class of 2022 begins. Click here to read more about this year’s semifinalists.
Social Post Of The Day
Some Seahawks players show how they celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, including Alex Collins helping give out meals to the less fortunate at Xtadium Lounge in Seattle:
More From Around The Web
At Seahawks.com, reporter John Boyle on the team’s hopeful attitude heading into our Week 12 game against Washington.
Also at Seahawks.com, Boyle on the Seahawks' signing of RB B.J. Emmons to the practice squad.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times on the changes the Seahawks hope to make to the pass rush.
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith provides gift cards and meals for families from Atlantic Street Center to help celebrate Thanksgiving on behalf of the 7Sunday Heroes Foundation. Smith is also helping support families in Miami, his hometown.