Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Sept. 28 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
Cody Thompson Joins 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Wyman and Bob'
When the Seahawks elevated Cody Thompson to the active roster before their Week 3 game, the 25-year-old receiver was officially set to make his NFL debut.
It was a long journey to get there, having spent his first two professional seasons bouncing around practice squads with the Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals after playing his college ball at Toledo and going undrafted. The game Sunday obviously didn't go as planned, but it's one Thompson will never forget. The Huron, Ohio native played 11 special teams snaps in the game.
On Monday, Thompson joined 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman and Bob" for their player spotlight interview. Thompson spoke about a number of topics, including why he went to Toledo, his journey to making the Seahawks' active roster and what stood out in his NFL debut. He also discussed which teams he rooted for growing up, what he does for fun in the offseason and the bond within the Seahawks' wide receiver room.
You can listen to the full 13-minute interview here and read some of the highlights below:
On why he chose to attend school at Toledo:
"I always say they kind of picked me because Toledo was my only offer coming out of high school. I went to a camp there and then they offered me right after the camp and I committed a couple days later. It felt right, I didn't want to wait. It was a full ride scholarship, something that I had dreamed of my whole life. They gave me that opportunity, so I went there and I just rolled with it. I started out on special teams there as a freshman, but that kind of let me gain the coach's trust and flourish more into a role on offense."
On his journey in the NFL to get where he is today:
"Draft day obviously didn't go the way I wanted to, but then the Chiefs gave me an opportunity and I went there. I performed well, didn't end up the way I wanted to, but I stayed there a little bit and ended up getting cut. Later in the year (2019) I came to Seattle for a week and got cut. Then I finished the season with Cincinnati and didn't re-sign there. I came back to Seattle for the playoff game against Green Bay and I've been here since then just trying to prove myself. Just trying to get out there and show what I can do and make the most of every opportunity."
On what stood out in his NFL debut against the Vikings:
"I think I've been prepared to play for a while now. I've always said you have to stay ready so you don't have to get ready. That's a mentality that I always have. I prepare each week like I'm going to play 80 snaps on offense and every snap on special teams. That's just how you have to do it because you don't know when you're going to get those opportunities. I didn't make many plays on the stat sheet but it was good to get that one under the belt and hopefully get some more opportunities as the year progresses.
On what the conversations in the locker room were like after Sunday's game:
"It's definitely not quiet and people don't keep to themselves. There's no secrets. We haven't performed how we wanted to perform the last two weeks and everybody knows that. Everybody knows this team is better in all phases and you can't shy away from that. This is the NFL, you're going against the best of the best every week no matter who it is, and you have to show up. We know we're better than this and we're going to continue to improve and figure this out and get better each week."
Carlos Dunlap Throws First Pitch At Mariners Game
With the Mariners in the midst of a tight race for a playoff spot, they called on another Seattle athlete to pump up the crowd Monday night.
Seahawks linebacker Carlos Dunlap threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game against the Oakland Athletics. While you would think a professional athlete would be able to toss a baseball in a straight line, Dunlap hilariously proved otherwise.
Either way, it was a great night in Seattle. Dunlap gave it his all and the Mariners went on to defeat the A's, 13-4.
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LeBron James went on the Manning brothers' Monday Night Football broadcast last night and revealed that Pete Carroll offered him a contract for the Seahawks in 2011:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle with more on Pete Carroll’s plan to address the Seahawks’ defensive struggles.
Also at Seahawks.com, Boyle has 10 numbers that tell the story from Sunday’s loss to the Vikings.
Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times answered four questions in their weekly Four Downs column.
Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN Seattle wrote about the tough realities the Seahawks are facing after their 1-2 start.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic on how the Seahawks players and Pete Carroll have to get back on the same page
Seahawks linebacker Carlos Dunlap II threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners taking on the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 27, 2021.