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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks Geno Smith, Tariq Woolen Earn 2022 Seattle Sports Awards

Joe Fann of Seattle Sports 710AM breaks down the 2022 Seattle Sports Awards, with a pair of Seahawks honored.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, December 30 — about your Seattle Seahawks 

There’s nothing like support from home, and Seattle Sports 710 AM’s Joe Fann is handing out the 2022 Seattle Sports Awards for the top pro athletes in Emerald City. In addition to honoring Seattle Storm Legend Sue Bird and Mariners American League Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez, the Seahawks take home some honors as well.

Fann breaks down why Seattle quarterback Geno Smith earned this year's Most Improved player honor.

Most Improved: Geno Smith

I prefer Smith in this category compared to being labeled as a "comeback player" even though he didn't "come back" from anything. Smith has taken full advantage of his first starting role since 2014. He has grown throughout this season from a capable game manager to a bona fide star with the precision and arm strength to make big-time throws.

Smith's 70.7% completion percentage leads the NFL to go along with his 3,886 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His stellar campaign earned him 2022 Pro Bowl honors.

Now the attention turns to whether he'll receive the franchise tag from the Seahawks or sign a multi-year contract, whether it be in Seattle or otherwise. He's certainly earned his looming payday.

With two games to go in the season, Woolen remains atop the league in interceptions (6), tying with Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner Johnson for first place. Fann breaks down why the 6-foot-4 University of Texas-San Antonio alum is the Seattle Sports Rookie of the Year - even if he gets snubbed for the league's honor.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Tariq Woolen

Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner of the New York Jets will likely keep Woolen from winning the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, but that doesn't mean he isn't worthy of such recognition. Woolen leads the NFL with six interceptions, and he brought one back for a touchdown. As a fifth-round pick out of UTSA, Woolen is John Schneider's latest draft day gem. You could easily argue that he's already the Seahawks' top defensive cornerstone.

Executive of the Year: John Schneider

Schneider has the Seahawks on the winning end of this era's Herschel Walker trade given Wilson's implosion in Denver and the bevvy of picks and players Seattle received in the deal. In addition, the Seahawks 2022 draft class is arguably the team's best in a decade with Charles Cross, Abe Lucas, Kenneth Walker III and Woolen all expected to be cornerstone-caliber pieces.

Regardless of the outcome of the final two games of the season, Seattle's future looks bright. The wave of optimism that's swept the franchise regarding their moves since the offseason from local and national media is a sign of moving in the right direction.

Social Post Of The Day

Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated on Seahawks' rookie defensive end Boye Mafe's notable contributions in 2022.

The Seahawks practiced on Thursday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Week 17 vs. the New York Jets. Seahawks practice photos are presented by Gatorade.

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