Thursday round-up: Happy birthday, America

Happy Birthday America

On this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, announcing the formation of the United States of America – a new nation of 13 colonies liberated from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Who knew that just 200 years later, in 1976, the Seahawks would open their inaugural NFL season in a Kingdom(e) of their own.

Today, we celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday, and with it some Seahawks links in what are widely considered the dog days of the NFL offseason. But I’m here to make those dog days a little more interesting (hopefully), so here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today, Thursday, July 4, about your Seattle Seahawks:

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com breaks down the Seahawks wide receiver position, noting the club has one of the deepest corps in the NFL, with the roster boasting four different players who have caught 45 passes or more in at least one of the past two seasons.

O’Neil also has the chat transcript from his Wednesday afternoon “Hawk Talk” available here.

NFL.com Around the League writer Chris Wesseling profiles wide receiver Golden Tate at No. 31 on their list of the top 40 players they see “Making the Leap” in 2013, citing Tate’s ability to make plays down the field as the reason to expect a big year out of the fourth-year pro.

Dave Dameshek of NFL.com has assembled division-by-division All-Pro squads, and his NFC West team features several Seahawks. Dameshek ranks the West as the strongest of the League’s eight divisions.

In honor of the Fourth of July, the staff at NFL.com tries to pinpoint which 2013 matchup is most deserving of it’s own national holiday.

John Clayton’s “Inside the Huddle” video feature for ESPN.com leads by profiling quarterback Russell Wilson. Clayton says the 5-foot-11 Wilson has the hand size of a 6-foot-7 athlete, noting his 10.25-inch hand-span is the seventh-largest hand-span measured at the NFL Combine since 2006.

It got a little dusty in here with this one, but ESPN.com also has a video feature of several military personnel coming home to reunite with their families. At the 5:37 mark, U.S. Army Sgt. Zach Ames surprises his wife, Bri Ames, and their daughter Emersyn with a reunion at CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks’ contest with the New York Jets last season.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was involved in yet another football camp for youth, this time down in Pensacola, Florida – just across the bay from his hometown of Gulf Breeze. BLAB TV has video and sound from Baldwin and Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, who was also in attendance.

Richard Sherman joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” show Wednesday afternoon to talk a little bit more about his celebrity softball game for charity taking place this Sunday, July 7, at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. A complete list participants is available here, but some highlights include Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, who will serve as the team’s head coaches, several Seahawks and members of the Seattle Mist, Seattle SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, former NFL wideout Terrell Owens, and 2012 NFL replacement referee Lance Easley.

Here at Seahawks.com, we have a look in photos at the spirit of the 12th Man present in several active-duty military members around the globe.

Clare Farnsworth’s positional series continued yesterday, this time highlighting the club’s young, fast, and athletic linebacker corps.

A friendly reminder that our 2013 training camp dates are quickly filling up. All weekend dates are already sold out and weekday availability is not far behind. Be sure to secure your spot and register while you still can at bingtrainingcamp.seahawks.com.

And I leave you with one last link that I like to come back to every Independence Day, and it comes from the movie title of the same name. As a kid who grew up in the mid-90′s engulfed in science-fiction, fantasy, and everything Will Smith (except Big Willie Style, I skipped that one), this speech from President Thomas J. Whitemore (played by Bill Pullman) still gives me goosebumps, and still makes me damn proud to be an American.

Happy birthday, America.