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Wednesday Round-Up: Seattle Seahawks Running Back Thomas Rawls Receives Revitalizing Christmas Gift From Local Fan

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Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Dec. 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Thomas Rawls Gets Gift From 9-Year-Old Girl

Running back Thomas Rawls, whose promising rookie season ended with an ankle injury earlier this month, was feeling down as he laid in bed on Christmas day.

"I thought about growing up and what it took to get to this point, and I said, 'Why? Why do I have to stay in this bed with no energy, feeling down, feeling low for myself?,'" an emotional Rawls told KOMO News. "Because I've got every reason in the world to be blessed."

Then Rawls opened up Instagram, where he saw a Tacoma mother had shared a video of her nine-year-old daughter, Sophia, opening a gift on Christmas morning. The gift was a Thomas Rawls jersey, and Thomas Rawls was Sophia's favorite player. Needless to say, Sophia was overjoyed, and she let out a scream before shouting, "It's a Rawls jersey! It's a Rawls jersey!" while jumping up and down.

"And when I saw that video, I got back to the mindset of knowing that I am special," Rawls said. "I am worthy of a lot. And that's what she did, all because of her joy, her smile, her excitement, and her tears."

Sophia's reaction moved Rawls so much that he reached out to Sophia and her family and invited them to Seahawks headquarters, where they met Rawls' mother, some of Rawls' teammates, and shared a touchdown on the team's practice field.

"Wow, I met Thomas Rawls, is this a dream?" Sophia recalled. "It was the best Christmas present ever."

Rawls labeled it a feeling he'll "never forget."

"Ever since that day, man, I've just been smiling and going about my days a little bit easier," said Rawls. "She did a lot for me and I thank her a lot for it."

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we outline the team's potential wild-card round playoff destinations in one easy-to-read graphic.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle answers your Seahawks-related Twitter questions in his weekly Q&A.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman shares thoughts on the team's Week 16 loss to the Rams.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin highlights's All-Value fantasy team of 2015.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks remain on pace for several impressive stats as the regular-season finale approaches.

And Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune outlines the Seahawks' focus as the playoffs approach.

Take a look as the Sea Gals get ready for their last performance in front of the 12s of the year with these candid behind-the-scenes photos by Jane Gershovich. 

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