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Mariners Claim Older Brother Of Seahawks Wide Receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba

The two brothers, Canaan and Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be reunited in Seattle.


Seattle will have another Smith-Njigba that now baseball fans can root for this upcoming season.

Canaan Smith-Njigba, the older brother of Seahawks wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners organization Wednesday afternoon. Canaan is an outfielder and spent part of the last two seasons between the Triple-A affiliate, Indianapolis Indians and then was called up to make his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As you can imagine the announcement of his brother joining the Mariners organization was great news for Jaxon and his family.

Jaxon says that Canaan texted their family group chat with a text that simply said "Y'all are about to flip out." After that very vague text message Jaxon says the whole family jumped on a group call where Canaan shared the news, and everyone was "going crazy."

"It's going to be a dream come true," Jaxon said. "We wanted to play in the same city, bring our light to the city and do amazing things on and off the field. Just being together, we always thought that was the best thing, we didn't know it was going to happen so quickly. It's just awesome how God works."

And this won't be Canaan's first time in Seattle, the two brothers are close, and Jaxon says after the baseball season, he has been in Seattle spending time with him, training and getting ready for the upcoming season. Canaan has also supported his young brother at some Seahawks games this past season. Jaxon will get a chance to now support his brother too.

"I just love watching him play," Jaxon said. "It's one of my favorite things in the world to do. I haven't gotten the chance to really watch him because he's always so far and now that he's right down the street, it's just perfect."

Take a look at photos of wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba during his three years at Ohio State. Smith-Njigba was selected by the Seahawks with the 20th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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