How strong? Mack Strong

Mack Strong

The Browns’ selection of Barkevious Mingo with the sixth pick overall in last month’s NFL Draft has prompted the folks at NFL.com to compile a photo gallery of the NFL’s all-time all-name team.

The fullback is Mack Strong, the former Seahawk whose parents must have known he was destined to block for three 1,000-yard rushers during his 15-season stay in Seattle.

Writes Jim Reineking: “This is the perfect confluence of first name and surname. In 15 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Strong was a lead blocker for three different 1,000-yard rushers (Chris Warren, Ricky Watters and Shaun Alexander). His 32-yard touchdown run in a 2005 divisional playoff game was a team record until Marshawn Lynch went on his famous ‘Beast Mode’ run (in a 2010 wild-card game) that set off a seismic event.”

But Strong was more than just a lead blocker. Only Joe Nash (218) has played in more games for the Seahawks than Strong (201) – and both made the team as rookie free agents; Nash in 1982 and Strong in 1993 (he spent his rookie season on the practice squad). No one won the Steve Largent Award more than times than Strong (five). He also was voted to two Pro Bowls, selected All-Pro in 2005 and named to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

Also on the all-time all-name team: offensive lineman Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack, who played with the Seahawks from 2001-08; long snapper Trey Junkin, who was with the Seahawks from 1990-95; and safety Atari Bigby, who spent the 2010 season with the Seahawks.

As for Mingo’s first name, at the NFL Scouting Combine he explained it this way: “My mom just kind of threw it together and wrote it on my birth certificate.”


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