After wrapping up his 12th season in the NFL and 11th with the Seahawks, Bobby Wagner explained that he returned to Seattle because, among other reasons, "I wanted to come back and prove I could still perform at a high level."
Wagner did that and so much more during the 2023 season, providing the type of playmaking and leadership that, over the course of his career, has allowed him to build a Hall of Fame resume while establishing himself as one of the greatest players in franchise history.
And on Friday, Wagner added another accolade to a season full of them, being named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Wagner, who has been named first-team All-Pro six times in his career and second team four times, is one of just three linebackers to be a 10-time All-Pro along with Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Lawrence Taylor. Wagner is also the 15th player overall to be a 10-time All-Pro, the other 14 of which are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
While Wagner is the only Seahawks player to earn All-Pro honors this year, six others received votes: cornerback Devon Witherspoon, safety Julian Love (Love received votes as a safety and on special teams), punter Michael Dickson, kick returner DeeJay Dallas, special teamer Nick Bellore and long snapper Chris Stoll.
Wagner, who spent the 2022 season with the Rams, returned to Seattle last offseason, and picked up where he left off in the middle of Seattle's defense, serving as a co-captain on defense along with Quandre Diggs, and bringing the type of leadership and playmaking that has been present throughout his career. Wagner, who was also named to the 2024 Pro Bowl Games, his ninth Pro-Bowl nod, finished the season with 183 tackles to tie Jordyn Brooks single-season record, a total that also led the NFL, Wagner's third time leading the league in tackles.
"It's heroic almost, the way he came back, the way he answered the call, the way he was able to go 17 weeks in his 12th year of football, and he's still in the peak of shape and condition and performance—look at his numbers," Pete Carroll said after Seattle's final game of the 2023 season. "It's just amazing that he can do that. But better than all that, he's a great team member and he's a great leader and he's a great character, and he has proven it to you again. If anybody wants to doubt it, he proved it to you again. It was just a fantastic come through."
Wagner continued to also have a big impact off the field, and was named the team's nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He is also a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, and won the Steve Largent Award, which is voted upon by teammates and given to the player or coach who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks.
"It was a lot of emotions," Wagner said of returning to the Seahawks in 2023. "First couple of weeks, the first game, you come back, you feel the crazy emotions, then two weeks later, you're still playing and they bring back the Super Bowl (XLVIII) team, so there's emotions that week, seeing all the guys who have transitioned into their next career, kind of reliving that moment for a second and also trying to be present in what's going on. Then obviously we had our ups and downs. But I love playing for this team, I love playing for Seattle, it's been a blessing."
Bobby Wagner's impact in the community was as large as his impact on the field during his time with the Seahawks. Take a look back at photos of Wagner at various community events throughout his time in Seattle.