Seahawks players picked team captains for the 2021 season, electing three veteran leaders who all made the Pro Bowl last year—quarterback Russell Wilson on offense, linebacker Bobby Wagner on defense, and linebacker Nick Bellore on special teams.
Wilson and Wagner have been captains for most of their careers, with Wilson earning that honor for the ninth straight year—every season but his rookie year—and with Wagner being elected captain six of the past seven years, sharing that title with Kam Chancellor in 2017.
This is the first time Bellore has been named a Seahawks captain, though he had a big leadership role on special teams last season with three-time special teams captain Neiko Thorpe on injured reserve.
"Really overwhelmingly the guys chose Russell on offense, Bobby on defense and Nick Bellore on special teams," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Monday's practice.
Wilson, an eight-time Pro-Bowler and the winner of the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, and Wagner, a seven-time Pro-Bowler who has been named first-team All-Pro six times, the most in franchise history, have had a huge role in the Seahawks' success for the better part of a decade while also providing invaluable leadership, so it comes as no surprise that those two again will wear the captain's patch on their jerseys in 2021.
"They've really stood for consistency at the highest level, and not just that, they make a lot of tackles, they throw a lot of touchdown passes, it's everything that they bring and do and what they represent," Carroll said. "They're really the real deal, and they're the leaders chosen for a number of years, but yet the leaders chosen for a lot of great reasons too. These guys believe in them and they look up to them and they count on him, they count on their word, and they trust the heck out of them, and we're very, very fortunate to have them."
Bellore, who signed with Seattle in 2019, made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer last season for the first time in his 11-year career, and was a big reason why the Seahawks were one of the league's best teams on special teams in 2020. This year he has also shown his versatility, moving from fullback, his position since 2017, back to linebacker, his original position in college and the NFL. Bellore started camp as a fullback but injuries left the Seahawks thin at linebacker, and Bellore performed so well in that role that the Seahawks have kept him there, keeping only three other off-ball linebackers on the roster: Wagner, Jordyn Brooks and Cody Barton.
"Nick Bellore has just been a fantastic guy that stepped into this role a year ago, and the guys really looked to him too," Carroll said. "So we've got real wisdom in our leadership, and it's really all you can hope for."
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