We'd suggest making a big deal out of K.J. Wright's 26th birthday, but that would go against the linebacker's trend of subdued celebrations.
When the Seahawks called Wright after picking him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, general manager John Schneider was concerned that his newest player wasn't sufficiently excited about having his name called in the NFL draft. It turned out Wright was keeping his excitement in check because he was in the middle of Mississippi State's graduation ceremony.
What Wright lacked in draft-day excitement, he has more than made up for both with talent and versatility. He began his NFL career as a middle linebacker because of an injury to then-starter David Hawthorne. Wright spent most of his rookie season and 2012 at strongside linebacker, then moved to weakside linebacker when the Seahawks moved Bruce Irvin from end to strongside linebacker. All the while Wright has also remained the backup at middle linebacker, playing there when Bobby Wagner has been injured.
"K.J. is one of our favorite guys because of all the versatility he has," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last season.
One of the Seahawks' "favorite guys" was rewarded with a four-year contract extension late last season, meaning he'll remain a key piece of the league's best defense going forward.
So happy 26th birthday, K.J. Wright. Party like it's college graduation day… or maybe a little bit more than that.
Happy 26th birthday to Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright!