Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Josh WilsonJosh Wilson. The third-year cornerback was a little apprehensive this morning when Sandy Gregory, the Seahawks’ director of community outreach, told Wilson to come upstairs.

“They told me they wanted me to come up stairs because they wanted to talk to me real quick,” Wilson said. “They said, ‘Just walk with us.’ But Sandy Gregory was making me a little bit nervous. I was like, ‘What (do we have) around the corner here? Where are we going?’ ”

It wasn’t only all good, it was great: Wilson has been selected as the Seahawks Man of the Year, an annual honor that goes to the player who has done the most in the community.

Wilson found out when he arrived in a hallway on the second floor of the team’s headquarters where pictures of the past selections line the wall. There was a picture of Wilson from his trip to Iraq this spring, standing between a couple of soldiers and wearing a helmet and camouflage flax jacket. It will be replaced by his official photo.

“It was great. It was an exciting moment,” Wilson said. “It’s something you strive for. When I came here, I was like, ‘I want to get my picture on the wall.’ It’s not just about what you do on the field as a professional athlete, it’s what you do off the field.”

The photos of the past winners actually line the walls of two hallways, and it’s like a stroll through franchise history: Norm Evans, the first recipient in 1976; Steve Largent, the only Seahawk to ever win the national award in 1988; Eugene Robinson, the only player to ever win it four times; three-time winner Mike Tice; two-time winner Jon Kitna; as well as Jim Zorn, Manu Tuiasosopo, Dave Brown, Paul Johns, Jeff West, Norm Johnson, Jacob Green, Brian Blades, Todd Peterson, Rick Tuten, Sam Adams, Brock Huard, Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Mack Strong, Shaun Alexander, Marcus Trufant, Bobby Engram and Patrick Kerney, last year’s winner.

For Wilson, it’s not just being included in these Walls of Honor, but what he did to gain entrance.

“You don’t do it to get your picture on the wall, you do it because I remember when I was young and I would go see Redskins players and I was like, ‘Chris Samuels, oh man,’ ” Wilson said.

This from a player who grew up around the game. His father, Tim, played for the Oilers and Wilson refers to Earl Campbell as “my Uncle Earl.”

“It just means so much to little kids, and that’s what I really want to do,” Wilson said. “Families that really need help, I want to be able to provide help.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as released by the team:

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

QB Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder)

OT Sean Locklear (ankle)

CB Ken Lucas (neck)

Make a copy of this injury report, because that was it. All 53 members of the active roster as well as the eight-man practice squad practiced. Unprecedented stuff for a team that has had as many injuries as the Seahawks this season.

But the news was even better than the short list, because Hasselbeck ran the offense in every phase of practice after being limited on Wednesday and Locklear was working ahead of Damion McIntosh at left tackle. Locklear has not played since getting a high ankle sprain in Week 3.

There were no changes for the Cardinals. Five players did not practice: LB Gerald Hayes (back), OT Mike Gandy (pelvis), LB Chike Okeafor (back), WR Sean Morey (head) and DE Kenny Iwebema (knee). Two others were limited: WR Steve Breaston (knee) and TE Ben Patrick (knee). WR Anquan Boldin, who was inactive against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, practiced fully.

ROSTER ROULETTE

Former Oregon State wide receiver Mike Hass was re-signed to the practice squad. Hass spent the first eight weeks of the season on the practice squad, but was signed to the 53-man roster last week. He was released Tuesday when defensive tackle Derek Walker was signed off the practice squad.

DOMES, SQUARED

The Seahawks are about to play back-to-back-to-back games in domed – or indoor – stadiums when they travel to Arizona, Minnesota and St. Louis. In fact, they will play six of their eight road games inside this season.

The last time they played back-to-back games inside was in 2002 – St. Louis and Dallas (the old stadium with the hole in the roof). They played three consecutive road games in domes last season – Dallas, St. Louis and Arizona – but those games were broken up by home games against the Patriots and Jets.

The Seahawks’ indoor record starting with those ’02 games against the Rams and Cowboys is 7-11.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It needs to be known that this game is way more important because of how we shot ourselves in the foot earlier in the season, and because of the adversity that we played through early in the season. We really have faced our fair share of adversity already. So because of that we’ve got a 3-5 record, which is not something we anticipated, and we’ve got a game here that we’ve basically got to win. You try to win them all, but we know that this one is very important.” – Hasselbeck on Sunday’s rematch with the Cardinals


Tags: 
Comments Off