Seahawks players voted Monday to select captains for the 2022 season, choosing four veterans to lead them, receiver Tyler Lockett on offense, safety Quandre Diggs and defensive tackle Al Woods on defense, and linebacker/fullback Nick Bellore on special teams.
This is Lockett's first time being voted a team captain, taking over that role on the offensive side of the ball after it was held by Russell Wilson for the past nine seasons. Lockett being named captain follows a 2021 season in which he was Seattle's nominee for both the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award and the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, and was also the winner of the Steve Largent Award, which is presented to the player or coach who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called the selection of Lockett, "A beautiful recognition for a guy that's always been a leader in this program and always been at the front of it. He's got the wisdom, and they recognize it and they really listen to him.
"He's always been that guy. He's always done everything that you would want him to do in all ways, and he's been a great football player. I said to him already today, 'You don't have to do anything different because you've been chosen captain, because you already lead. You've been a leader and for years around here.' I don't want him to think that that changes anything, because it doesn't. He's been a marvelous Seahawk. He's been rewarded for that, and he's rewarded us with tremendous play forever. So we're really lucky, really lucky to have him on our team and have him be recognized by the team. It's a good statement in both directions that he's the captain and then they realize he should be."
On defense, Diggs and Woods are both Seahawks captains for the first time, though Diggs was also voted a team captain by his teammates in Detroit in 2019. It is also the first time Seattle has had co-captains on defense since Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor shared those duties in 2017.
"Quandre Diggs is a guy that's been a leader in this program, been part of it—big voice, big character, terrific football player that guys really look up to," Carroll said. "And speaking of looking up to in a big way, Al Woods up front really just brings all the voice and the stature and the work habits and the ethic that you want to lead."
Bellore, a Pro-Bowl selection on special teams in 2020, will serve as Seattle's special teams captain for the second straight year.
"Just an obvious pick," Carroll said. "He's just everything to everybody—playmaking, play style, mentality, all of that."
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