The Seahawks showed how much potential they saw in Michael Dickson when they not only used a 2018 draft pick to select the Australian punter out of the University of Texas, but also traded up in the fifth round to select him.
Three years later, the Seahawks showed how much they value Dickson by signing the All-Pro and Pro-Bowl punter to a four-year contract extension.
Dickson, who earned first-team All-Pro and Pro-Bowl honors as a rookie in 2018, has been one of the NFL's best punters over the last three seasons and played a big role in Seattle's special teams success, particularly in 2020 when Seattle had one of the NFL's best special teams units.
As a rookie, Dickson set franchise records by averaging 48.2 yards per punt with a net average of 42.5, and had 32 punts downed inside the 20. Dickson enjoyed another strong season in 2019, though his numbers didn't quite match that rookie year production, though his 34 punts downed inside the 20 did match the team record shared by Jon Ryan and Jeff Feagles. In 2020 he was again one of the very best in the business, breaking his own franchise records by averaging 49.6 yards per punt with a 44.4 net. Dickson's 32 punts downed inside the 20 led the NFL, while his average and net average ranked third in the league. He was also twice named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2020. Dickson also has a career rushing average of 9.0 yards per carry.
"A guy like Mike, he constantly puts the defense in a great position by pinning them down inside the 10," linebacker Bobby Wagner said.
Throughout the 2020 season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised the consistency of Seattle's play on special teams, and while a lot of players were involved, Dickson, along with kicker Jason Myers, who didn't miss a field goal attempt all season, Pro-Bowl long snapper Tyler Ott and special teams captain and Pro-Bowler Nick Bellore, helped lead the way.
"Our kickers were phenomenal this year," Carroll said after the season. "… Mikey's a great player."
A look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks punter Michael Dickson from the 2020 season.