Making his Seahawks debut on Monday night, outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu came away from the experience very impressed with the support from the fans at Lumen Field.
"It was sensational, man," Nwosu said. "You hear about it all the time, but to experience it for yourself is something different. That crowd was amazing today, they were great for us. They really helped us out there. We appreciate them so much."
After Nwosu's performance in Monday's 17-16 win over the Broncos, Seahawks fans no doubt appreciate Nwosu as well. And after a standout performance in which he recorded a sack, seven tackles, a crucial forced fumble and a pass defensed, Nwosu was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Nwosu was so good Monday night that he even made a spectacular play that didn't count, shooting into the backfield to blow up a running play just as the play was being blown dead for a false start. As for the plays that did show up on the stat sheet, Nwosu not only recorded his first sack as a Seahawk when he ran down a scrambling Russell Wilson at the sideline, he also came through with one of the biggest plays of the game, forcing a fumble at the goal line to deny the Broncos in the red zone for the second straight time in the third quarter.
"He was physical and tough and making stuff happen," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "Had the sack. Had the big hit and forcing a fumble, and he was a problem. He played great. He really did. Thrilled that he was able to be that impacting."
Nwosu, who signed with Seattle in March as a free agent after spending his first four seasons with the Chargers, didn't become a starter until his final season in L.A. Now that he's with a new team and in a starting role, he's ready to show that he's still just scratching the surface when it comes to the type of player he can be.
"They brought me here for a reason," he said. "I kind of feel like I was not perceived as the player I think I am, and I have to go out there and show it. As many times as I have to do it, I'll do it. To be able to do it in a place like this, with the crowd behind you like that, it's surreal and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from Week 1's thrilling Monday Night Football victory over the Denver Broncos at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.