Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, April 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks Safeties React To Troy Polamalu's Retirement
Safety Troy Polamalu has decided to retire from professional football after 12 seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced Friday.
Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowler, four-time first-team All-Pro, two-time Super Bowl winner (one of which came against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL) and 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, finishes his Hall-of-Fame worthy career with 32 interceptions, 12.0 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
He redefined how the safety position was played with his unique skill set and creative, instinctive style. Seahawks safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, who has drawn comparisons to Polamalu, were some of the first to wish Polamalu farewell when the news hit social media last night.
"HOF! I salute U CHIEF.." said Thomas.
"on to the HOF #Salute" wrote Chancellor.
Polamalu also played under Seattle coach Pete Carroll during the pair's time together at the University of Southern California. A three-year starter at USC, Polamalu racked up 278 tackles (29 for loss), six picks (three of which he returned for touchdowns), 13 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and four blocked punts before the Steelers selected him in the first round (No. 16 overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.
"He's as good a safety as I've ever coached," then-Trojans coach Carroll said of Polamalu. "He's a brilliant football player. He's just as effective as those NFL guys I coached. He is creative, fast, tough and instinctive. He has a great heart, which all great players have. He adapts to everything that we can throw out there. He makes all the adjustments, all the checks, all the calls. He helps other people play well. He can do anything we ask: blitz, cover deep, play man-to-man, and he always does a little bit extra."
Preseason Schedule Announced
The Seahawks 2015 preseason schedule was announced yesterday and Seattle will square off against the entire AFC West.
The team opens exhibition play at home against the Denver Broncos (Aug. 13-16), hits the road for games against the Kansas City Chiefs (Aug. 20-23) and San Diego Chargers (Aug. 29), and wraps up preseason play at CenturyLink Field against the Oakland Raiders (Sept. 3-4).
The exact dates and times of each preseason matchup will be released later this month, with the exception of the team's game against the Chargers, which is already set for 5 p.m. PT on Aug. 29 with national television coverage on CBS. The Seahawks' games against the Broncos, Chiefs, and Raiders can be seen on Q13 FOX (channel 13 in Seattle) and each game can be heard on the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from @Orlando12s, a Twitter account dedicated to Seahawks fans in Orlando, Fla.
The group shares a story from a Thursday meeting with Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin, who reached out to a large group of 12s on Twitter and met them for lunch in the Orlando area.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, I recap a conversation between Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and 710 ESPN Seattle.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talks to XXL Magazine (warning: explicit content) about some of his favorite rappers and what type of music gets him going on gameday.
And Seahawks headquarters hosted a USA Football Heads Up Football Player Safety Coaches Certification Clinic last month. The session taught high school and youth coaches from around Washington state about proper tackling techniques.
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