The Seahawks head to Detroit to face the Lions on Sunday, October 2. Let's take a look at the players and staff with ties to the Michigan area in advance of the Week 4 matchup.
Return of the Captain
With the No. 200 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Lions selected Texas Longhorn safety Quandre Diggs. In just over four seasons in Detroit, Diggs recorded over 200 tackles, six interceptions and 12 tackles for loss. Diggs was named a captain for the 2019 season, then with five starts under his belt to start the season, Diggs was traded to the Seahawks.
It came as a surprise to the rising star for Detroit, who received a call from the Lions front office letting him know he'd been dealt. Forced to leave his family behind, Diggs set out west for a new opportunity in Seattle. Since joining the team, Diggs has recorded 13 interceptions, two tackles for loss and 20 passes defensed.
But there's no animosity in Diggs' heart towards his former team, as he anticipates his first return to Detroit since being moved in 2019. Diggs discussed the moment prior to Wednesday's practice.
"Of course you think about it, it's the first time going back since the trade," said Diggs. "Like I say, it's always a special place for me. Even watching on film, just seeing the turf and seeing the fans in the stadium, it brings back memories of course. Detroit is what made me into who I am now, so I'm forever grateful for my opportunity. It will be great to see some good friends. Hopefully, I can see my training staff that was out there, those guys, the equipment guys, and all of that. It will be different walking down that tunnel as a visitor, but it is what it is. I'm here now, I'm blessed, and I think it will be super, super dope. I say all of that to say that it's going to be a battle on Sunday. We know that, they know, and I just want to put my prayers up for Tracy Walker. He tore his Achilles on Sunday. That's my guy, so it sucks to see. He's a great player, and I hate to not see him out there because just knowing him, the energy and trash talk between me and him would have been cool, even though he would be on the sideline. I just know him, and I'm just wishing him well."
While this is cornerback Justin Coleman's second stint with Seattle, he'll be visiting another former home in Week 4. Coleman latched on with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee before earning a roster spot in Seattle.
Coleman would record his best statistical season in 2019 with Detroit, with 54 tackles, three forced fumbles, 13 pass deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery.
The Bellore Tour
Minnesota native Nick Bellore had plenty of options in schools coming out of Whitefish Bay High in St. Paul - but only Central Michigan University offered a shot to start at linebacker immediately. Despite consecutive CMU Defensive Player of The Year (2008-09) awards and several All-Mac selections, Bellore went undrafted.
Senior Bowl Director and former Seahawks scout Jim Nagy on former CMU linebacker Nick Bellore
After stints with the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers, Bellore returned to the state to play for the Detroit Lions in 2017.
Fortunately for the Seahawks, Bellore wasn't in Detroit long enough to put together cool stuff, like Between Two Bellores. Check out the new episode featuring Seahawks wideout Penny Hart available now.
Deja Vu: Godwin Igwebuike
The Seahawks added depth to the backfield Tuesday, signing former Detroit Lions running back Godwin Igwebuike to the practice squad.
The undrafted safety-turned-running back out of Northwestern spent brief spells with several teams before signing with the Seattle Dragons of the XFL in 2020. Igwebuike flew around the field as a safety for Seattle before the league was dismantled - and a year later was juking defenders as a running back for Detroit.
While currently on the practice squad, the Seahawks could use Igwebuike against his former team if they were to elevate him off the practice squad on Saturday.
Indiana native Dee Eskridge chose Western Michigan over Ball State as a high school recruit, and went on to make school history. From earning reps as a freshman to First Team All-Mac and MAC Special Teams Player of The Year honors in 2020, Eskridge created a legacy in Kalamazoo.
X-Men: Professor Xavier
On Wednesday, the Seattle Seahawks promoted cornerback Xavier Crawford to the active roster. The former Central Michigan star by-way-of Oregon State has already played 15 special teams snaps this season during prior activations to the squad. Selected by the Houston Texans with the 195th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Crawford spent time with several teams before landing on Seattle's practice squad this month.
The Michigan State Star
Seahawks rookie running back Kenneth Walker III took his talents to Michigan State in 2020 after two solid seasons at Wake Forest. Walker III's quest for more of a workload was granted, resulting in the Tennessee native winning the 2021 Doak Walker and Walter Campbell Awards.
After battling through injuries to kickoff his rookie campaign, Walker III is showing glimpses of what made him one of college football's most-electrifying ball carriers last year.
Kenneth Walker III is averaging 4.1 yards per carry in limited action, making defenders miss.
The Seattle Seahawks take on the Detroit Lions for Week 4 of the 2022 season. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.