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Monday Round-Up: Seahawks Cornerback Pierre Desir Talks Fatherhood And Family On NFL Legends Podcast

Seahawks cornerback Pierre Desir joined the NFL Legends Podcast with Takeo Spikes to discuss fatherhood, family and football.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Monday, June 21 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Pierre Desir Joins NFL Legends Podcast With Takeo Spikes

Since being drafted in the fourth round by the Browns in 2014, Pierre Desir has bounced around all over the league. Over the past seven seasons, the 6-foot-2 cornerback spent time with the Browns, Chargers, Seahawks, Colts, Jets and Ravens before re-signing with Seattle this offseason.

Desir had another strong season in 2020 while playing for the Jets and Ravens, totaling 49 tackles and three interceptions in 12 games. He also scored his first career touchdown on a 35-yard interception return against the Broncos. Desir was also a Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee each of the last two seasons for the Colts (2019) and Jets (2020).

In March, Desir joined Takeo Spikes on the NFL Legends Podcast to discuss being a teen father, family support systems and his football journey. Spikes played 15 NFL seasons with the Bengals, Bills, Eagles, 49ers and Chargers from 1998 to 2012. The podcast episode was resurfaced Sunday on social media in honor of Father's Day.

You can listen to the full episode here and read some highlights below:

On what commitment and commitment to family means to him:

"The commitment to family was something that was taught to me early on as a kid. Family is very important to me, and I know that there's certain people in my life that have helped me get to where I am today. So I always try to give back to them and show my appreciation to them by working hard, getting the job done, doing what I have to do and taking care of business, because there's a lot of people that took care of me and I know they want to see me do well."

On his journey through playing Division II college football to making the NFL:

"The grind, the grind of DII and being a teen father. Being a teen dad first and still trying to pursue my dream of going to college and playing ball. I kind of developed this mantra, it's called 'PUSH.' It means persistence, utilizing opportunity, sacrifice and hustle. I implanted that in me and just kept going. Getting DI offers but not being able to pass the ACT test or get eligible, I had to go another route, and that's a grind. You don't get the attention as most DI players get, but you still have to work hard, you still have to work that much harder just to get noticed."

On how his family supports him during tough times in his career (cuts, trades, etc.):

"Man, that cut is tough. It's a tough call. You don't want to get that call no matter when it happens, after training camp or during the season. But my family never lets me forget why I'm doing this. I know who I'm doing it for -- my wife, my kids -- and I love the game, so I'm going to keep doing it until I can't. We've been through so much from when I was in high school, to college and with life, that this football thing is kind of easy when you look back on life. Life was a lot more difficult. If I can go through being a teen dad, if I can go through getting DI offers and going DII, if I can go through sitting out a year of football and transferring schools, I can handle being cut. I fall back on those things I had to overcome and put myself in that mindset again, so when I come into a situation I can be like 'I've done this before. Let's keep moving, keep pushing.'"

Seahawks Support Juneteenth Week Events By Northwest African American Museum

In honor of Juneteenth, the Seahawks shared their support for a series of events held by the Northwest African American Museum over the past nine days. From June 13 through June 21, the museum hosted a series of dynamic educational programming both virtually and in-person.

The first virtual event on June 13 was a read-along with culturally-relevant stories, songs and artwork. Events later in the week included conversations about the history and future of Juneteenth, discussions with award-winning author Carol Anderson and performances by youths, local historians and unsung heroes.

The first in-person event was a drive-in Juneteenth Youth Night at the Lumen Field parking lot on June 17. Youths from preschool through college attended the event, where different works were highlighted on the big screen. On Saturday June 19, the Seahawks and other Seattle sports teams supported the NAAM's Juneteenth Jamboree, which included live performances, book giveaways, food, music and more.

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