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Monday Round-Up: Doug Baldwin Discusses The Seahawks' Culture, How It Was Formed And Who Led the Charge

Seahawks Legend Doug Baldwin recently spoke on a podcast about Seattle’s team culture, including how it started and who led the charge.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Monday, April 26 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Legend Doug Baldwin Joins 'The Pedestrian Podcast'

When you think about the Seahawks of the 2010s, a handful of names will first come to mind. Of course there's still current stars Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, then there's former legends like Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and others. One name that still resonates with that era is former Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who retired after the 2018 season.

Baldwin joined the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011. Fellow rookies Richard Sherman (his college teammate) and K.J. Wright helped form a great draft class for Seattle. That rookie season in 2011 was the last season to date that the Seahawks finished with a losing record (7-9). In eight NFL seasons, Baldwin made two Pro Bowls (2016, 2017) and led the league in receiving touchdowns (14) in 2015.

Baldwin recently appeared on "The Pedestrian Podcast" by our friends over at UK Seahawkers. In the appearance, Baldwin spoke about the formation of the Seahawks' culture, who led the charge and when it actually started to bud. Baldwin also discussed his plans to build a community center in Renton, trying to find his identity after football and much more in the 90-minute interview.


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You can listen to the full episode right here and read some of the highlights below.

On living in a post-football life after playing since childhood:

"I'm now trying to figure that out myself. I've been playing football since I was 6 years old. It's really all I knew. It was kind of my escape, it was something I really leaned heavily on, my identity is still attached to it in some ways. And I never really worked on the other aspects of my life. Like, who am I outside of football? What do I enjoy outside of football? I never really worked on those things or even thought about those things. When you leave the game and all the affirmation that I received from performing was no longer there, I didn't have the instant gratification of who I was because I was performing. I kind of felt like I was lost (at first)."

Baldwin later explained more about how he began to find his post-football passions, how long the process took and where he's at in his life now.

On the culture he helped build in Seattle starting in 2011:

"We had an opportunity to kind of create this culture. It was brand new, it was really fresh. We had all those guys who were, you know, for a lack of a better term, were just alpha males, alpha competitors. In 2011, I think we had started to cultivate this brotherhood that felt built on a true foundation. You had guys who came from different walks of life, but when we went to the practice field, we practiced so hard.

"The guy who led that charge was Marshawn."

On the importance of former teammate Kam Chancellor's leadership:

"Kam was the epitome of the leader in the locker room. And if you weren't doing your job, even if it was me on offense, Kam would watch my offensive practice film, and if I was being lazy, or if I didn't do my job, like, Kam would call it out. He would come to me and he'd be like, 'Hey, what are you doing here?' And I respected that, because it meant that he cared about me. He was on the defensive side of the ball watching our offensive practice film telling me that I wasn't doing my job. And not in a negative way, but like 'Hey, Marshawn's counting on you to get this done, Max Unger's counting on you to get this done, you need to get out there and get your job done because your boys are counting on you to get it done.'"

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