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Seahawks Name Six Captains For 2023 Season

Geno Smith, Tyler Lockett, Bobby Wagner, Quandre Diggs, Nick Bellore and Jason Myers were voted captains by their teammates for the 2023 season.

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Seahawks players voted on captains ahead of this week's season opener, electing six players to lead the team in the 2023 season.

This year's captains are Geno Smith and Tyler Lockett on offense, Bobby Wagner and Quandre Diggs on defense, and Nick Bellore and Jason Myers on special teams.

Smith is captain for the first time after taking over the starting job last season, while Lockett will serve as a captain for the second straight year.

"Really, it just makes so much sense," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Smith stepping into that role. "I'm proud that he got that done, our guys believe in him that way."

Diggs was voted captain for a second straight year—he was also captain during his final season with the Lions—while Wagner is back in that role for the Seahawks after one season away. Wagner was a captain six times during his first 10 seasons with the Seahawks, and while as he noted he tried to defer a bit to leaders like Diggs who stepped up while he was away, Wagner's teammates still recognized him as one of the team's unquestioned leaders.

"He did do that, however, they all look to him," Carroll said of Wagner trying to allow others to lead. "He did it in a really humble way and handled it really well, gave space and all of that. But when it gets down to it, they know who the man is. It's pretty obvious."

On special teams, Bellore, who joked that his teammates must have once again just sorted the roster by age and voted for the oldest player, is captain for a third consecutive season, while Myers, a Pro Bowler last year, is a first-time captain.

"(Bellore) has just been the guy for such a long time, he's been a great performer for us," Carroll said.

This is the first time under Carroll and general manager John Schneider that the Seahawks have had six captains, with past teams usually electing three or four players.

"It's six fantastic leaders on this team—there's more guys besides them, but those are the guys that they selected, and it was clear cut and all of that," Carroll said. "I'm excited for those guys."

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