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Timeout With Seahawks Defensive End Mario Edwards Jr. 

Stop the clock. We’re taking a timeout with Mario Edwards Jr. to help the 12s learn more about the Seahawks player who loves animals and likes to snack on hot Cheetos. ‘Timeout with the Seahawks’ is presented by Delta.


What was the hardest hit you remember giving in the NFL?

"It was about year one or year two when I was with the Raiders and I hit a number 33 at the time. It was a screenplay and he cut back, and I hit him. He was done for the rest of the game. I knew at that point I could play with these guys."

You're almost at 10 years in the league, how have you seen the game change?

"The game has changed a lot. It's slowed down a lot since I'm older now. The game isn't as physical as it used to be. There's more rules now, you can't hurt the quarterback like you would want to. You have to fall off to the side now. When I came in, we were banging, it was no such thing. We had to run 18 80s (yard sprints) and we had them timed, but not so much anymore. So a lot has changed."

How do you feel coming to Seattle for your ninth season?

"I feel good, there were a lot of familiar faces. I played with Neiko Thorpe, Daren Bates, and Lamar Campbell was my player assistant in Chicago. So, there's many familiar faces, but talking to Pete Carroll just felt like a home."

You are very smooth getting off blocks, what goes into your technique?

"A lot of it comes from when I was younger. I was a big guy, and my dad always had me in receiver camps. I always wanted to play tight end but I was always the biggest guy out there. At the age of 10, I was 5'10" and 175 pounds. He just made me do all the receiver drills and it helped me with the technique that I do now."

What inspired the wicks?

"I've always had hair, even when I had my hair braided and it went down to my shoulders. I really started doing free forms back in Florida because small twist wasn't for me. I was damn near 300 pounds, I couldn't have little dreads, I had to have something that fit my body."

What are your favorite foods?

"Man, I'm really a snacker so my favorite chips would be hot Cheetos or salt and vinegar chips. I'm a potato lover, any type of french fries and I'll always go with sea bass or hot wings."

If you could bring one thing from the South, what would it be?

"Southern hospitality, if everywhere was like the south where everyone is respectful like yes ma'am or no ma'am, things like that, I think the world would be a better place."

What motivates you to keep working?

"I always said I wouldn't quit on myself. I feel that I have more in the tank, and there is a lot more that I can get out of this league before it's all said and done."

If you could choose anything to do for a day, what would you do?

"If I could do one thing for a full day I would go hunting or fishing. That's what I like to do in my free time. I've recently started to get into gardening with my girl. It's interesting and I like it. So definitely one of those three things."

How would your teammates describe you?

"Probably a tone-setter, a funny guy once I get to know you. When you first meet me I'm kind of quiet, but definitely a tone-setter for sure."

What's your favorite thing about your career?

"As versatile as I am I've been on multiple teams and played different positions. I've played outside linebacker, nose guard, and three, all up and down the line. I just think my versatility is the best thing about my career."

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

"If I didn't play football, I would've loved to be a veterinarian. My favorite animal as a kid was a white tiger, and I love animals. It was kind of set in stone though, my dad played for the Cowboys and went to Florida State, so I knew at an early age football was what I wanted to do."

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