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Wednesday Round-Up: Bobby Wagner Joins Investment Firm, Fuse Venture Partners

Linebacker Bobby Wagner will join the investment firm alongside former Microsoft and Amazon executives.


Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Wednesday, July 29 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Winning On & Off The Field

As a five-time All-Pro and Super Bowl Champion, Bobby Wagner is building a legacy already highly admired around the NFL. Most recently, he was ranked the No. 1 linebacker and the No 13. overall player in NFL Network's Top 100. Now, Wagner is proving that legacy will extend well beyond the field, becoming one of the game's most dominant linebackers and now: rising businessman.

This week, investment firm Fuse Venture Partners announced Wagner will join the team alongside former Microsoft Executive John Connors and former Amazon executive Satbir Khanuja.

The move will be motivation and opportunity for Wagner be a part of building the future of Seattle business. The Bay Area or Silicon Valley has long been known as the hub for launching successful ventures. Wagner is here to prove Seattle is home to its own groundbreaking business environment.

"We feel like Seattle is one of the most innovate and disruptive tech spaces around," he said.

Fuse Venture Partners will specifically focus on helping e-commerce companies grow in the modern economy with software. According to Wagner's statement to CNBC, Fuse's commitment makes them "the best partner for the next generation of companies reimagining and reinventing how work is done through AI, machine learning and automation software."

Wagner is already well on his way to matching on-field success with business success. He's acted as his own agent, negotiating his own contract last offseason. He was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 for strong investments like Denali Therapeutics and the Cultural Leadership Fund, Andreesen Horowitz's venture capital firm also backed by NBA star Kevin Durant. Outside team activities, you can find Wagner listening in on investment pitches and participating in planning meetings with Fuse CEOs.

In Jeremy Fowler's ESPN feature on the move, Wagner said, "If I can be a better businessman than I am a football player, that would be pretty successful, because the bar is set pretty high. I just want to be someone that a football player can look at and say this guy dominated on the field and was able to transition and do just as well. I feel we need more of that."

So with an exciting new venture in the works, Wagner now returns to Seahawks Training Camp with his mind set on continuing to win on and off the field.

"I'm excited for the season, I feel extremely healthy, and I'm looking forward to getting out there and bringing a championship back to Seattle."

"He's an absolute specimen running the ball"

Pro Football Focus released its Dark Horse candidates for leaders at each position - At running back: our very own Chris Carson. Over the past two seasons, Carson ranks second in broken tackles with 107 (behind only Nick Chubb) and his 3.5 yards after contact per carry ranks in the top five for running backs.

"He's an absolute specimen running the ball, and I'm glad I don't play linebacker anymore and play against him because that stuff that he does to guys is disrespectful," said Seahawks fullback Nick Bellore on PFF's 2 for 1 Drafts podcast.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from the newest Seahawk Jamal Adams who was ranked No. 27 in NFL Network's Top 100 rankings yesterday. The top safety now has a take on where his new quarterback should land on the list as NFL Network unveils the top 10 tonight at 5 p.m. PT.

More From Around The Web reporter John Boyle answered your fan questions surrounding the Jamal Adams trade in the latest Seahawks Mailbag.

Yesterday, the Seahawks signed six of their 2020 draft picks, meaning the entire draft class is now under contract.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times covers the official opening of Seahawks Training Camp yesterday.

Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic writes how Jamal Adams might transform the Seahawks defense.

Seahawks coaches, veteran players and some of the team's newest additions arrived at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Tuesday, July 28th for pre-entry COVID testing. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.

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