Derrick Jensen had been a scout with the Seahawks for 22 years, but he was forced to retire in December because he’s battling ALS.
Saturday, which just happened to be his 57th birthday, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll had Jensen make the team’s final two picks in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
“We had a really cool moment in (the draft room) where we got him on the speaker phone and he actually made the last two picks for us,” Schneider said. “He joked around with us while he was doing it. He’s doing great.”
Added Carroll, “We were just lucky to have a chance to kind of celebrate with a little bit him today.”
Thanks to retired scout Derrick "DJ" Jensen for calling in & making our final 2 picks! The draft room wasn't the same w/o you! Happy bday!—
Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) April 27, 2013