The way Bobby Wagner played last season, it was hard to believe the Seahawks’ middle linebacker was only a rookie.
He not only led the team with 140 tackles, Wagner’s total was the fifth-highest in franchise history behind Terry Beeson (153 in 1978), Chad Brown (150 in 1998), Anthony Simmons (147 in 2000) and Michael Jackson (141 in 1981). Wagner also finished second in voting for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The way Wagner approached this offseason – with a lead-by-example commitment to getting better – it’s hard to believe he’s only 23. And just barely, as today is Wagner’s 23rd birthday.
“Bobby has put the work in,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “He’s doing the things when no one is watching – studying video, putting in the extra work in the weight room and the meeting room.”
So on Wagner’s birthday it turns out that he might be the gift of a second-round draft choice who just keeps on giving.
Speaking of gifts …
Former Seahawks Chad Brown, Ricky Watters and Jeff Feagles and current Seahawks wide receiver Charly Martin are scheduled to participate in the seventh annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.
The event will be held June 17-20 at the NFL Films office in Mt. Laurel, N.J.
“This boot camp is more than an introduction into many facets of the sports broadcasting industry,” Troy Vincent, senior VP of NFL Player Engagement, said in the release announcing the event. “It is a hands-on, demanding course for current and former players who seek a career in broadcasting after their NFL playing experience. Nearly 40 percent of the players who participated in past camps have earned broadcasting jobs.”
Brown played linebacker for the Seahawks from 1997-2004. He led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1997-99) and was voted to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team. Watters was the team’s leading rusher for three consecutive seasons (1998-2000), while Feagles punted for the Seahawks from 1998-2002. Martin played in four games with the Seahawks last season.
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on April 18:
1998: Linebacker Anthony Simmons is selected in the first round of the draft. Simmons would lead the Seahawks in tackles three times – including 147 in 2000, which ranks as the third-highest single-season total in franchise history behind Terry Beeson (153 in 1978) and Chad Brown (150 in 1998).
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 16:
1997: After getting a come-check-this-out phone call from just-signed free agent and former Steelers teammate Chad Brown, Willie Williams also signs with the Seahawks and starts 75 games at cornerback over the next seven seasons. Williams would return three of his 17 interceptions for touchdowns, tying him for second in franchise history with Keith Simpson, Kenny Easley and Josh Wilson behind all-time leader Dave Brown (five).
2005: After being named the franchise player for three consecutive years, Walter Jones signs a multi-year contract that makes him a Seahawk for the remainder of his 13-season career.
2006: Linebackers coach John Marshall is elevated to defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff as health issues force Ray Rhodes to take a position as a special projects/defense assistant.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 14:
1997: On Valentine’s Day, Chad Brown signs a sweetheart of a free-agent contract with the Seahawks. The former Pro Bowl linebacker from the Steelers would be voted to two more Pro Bowls and lead the Seahawks in tackles for three consecutive seasons during his eight-season stint with the Seahawks. When he left after the 2004 season, Brown ranked fourth in franchise history in tackles (744) and fifth in sacks (48), as well as third in fumble recoveries (13) and first in fumble-return yards (96) and fumble returns for touchdowns (3).
1999: Sean Dawkins is signed in free agency. He would share the team lead in receptions in 2000 with Ricky Watters.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 7:
1988: Kenny Easley and Fredd Young provide half the AFC’s four interceptions, as well as eight and seven tackles, in a 15-6 victory in the Pro Bowl. Steve Largent (one reception) and Jacob Green (two tackles) also were on the AFC squad.
1993: Cortez Kennedy and Eugene Robinson combine for nine tackles to help the AFC win the Pro Bowl 23-20 in overtime.
1999: Cortez Kennedy and the “strong side, left side” trio of Michael Sinclair, Chad Brown and Shawn Springs combine for five tackles and three passes defensed to help the AFC claim a 23-10 Pro Bowl victory in what is John Elway’s final game.
2003: Teryl Austin is named defensive backs coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb 6:
1983: Kenny Easley has nine tackles as the Seahawks’ lone AFC Pro Bowl representative in a game won by the NFC 20-19 as Danny White throws a TD pass to John Jefferson with 35 seconds remaining. This is the third of what will be five Pro Bowl berths for Easley.
1994: Eugene Robinson intercepts a pass and Chris Warren leads the AFC with 64 rushing yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 17-3. Cortez Kennedy also represents the Seahawks in the game and contributes two tackles.
1998: Pete Rodriguez agrees to become special teams coach on Dennis Erickson’s staff.
2000: Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy (three tackles) and Chad Brown (two tackles on special teams) represent the Seahawks and AFC in the Pro Bowl, but the NFC wins 51-31.
2008: It is announced that assistant head coach/defensive backs Jim Mora will become head coach after the season, which will be the last of Mike Holmgren’s 10 seasons as head coach.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 21:
1980: The Seahawks score twice in the fourth quarter, but the rally in their season finale falls short as they lose to the Broncos 25-17 at the Kingdome to cap a nine-game losing streak.
1997: Warren Moon passes for four touchdowns as the Seahawks finish 8-8 by slapping the playoff-bound 49ers with a 38-9 loss in the season finale at the Kingdome. Joey Galloway catches six passes for 101 yards and two scores, while Mike Pritchard has six receptions for 90 yards and a TD. The linebacking crew of Mike Barber, Chad Brown and Dean Wells leads the defensive effort by combining for 25 tackles.
2003: Shaun Alexander runs for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yarder, and the defense sacks Cardinals QB Josh McCown eight times in a 28-10 victory in Seattle.
2008: The Seahawks send Mike Holmgren out a winner in his final home game as coach with a 13-3 victory over the Jets on a snowy afternoon in Seattle. Maurice Morris runs for 116 yards and Seneca Wallace passes to John Carlson for the game’s only touchdown, while Josh Wilson intercepts Brett Favre twice.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 7:
1980: Steve Largent catches eight passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, but Billy Taylor scores on a 30-yard run to cap a 14-point fourth quarter as the Giants post a 27-21 victory at the Kingdome.
1997: Jermaine Lewis returns punts 89 and 66 yards for touchdowns and adds a 29-yard TD catch as the Ravens score the final 14 points in taking a 31-24 victory over the Seahawks at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Chad Brown returns a fumble 42 yards for a TD, but gets a concussion that sidelines him for the next game.
2003: Randy Moss scores on touchdown passes of 47 and 45 yards from Daunte Culpepper in the Vikings’ 34-7 victory at the Metrodome. Shaun Alexander runs 1 yard for the Seahawks’ only score.
2008: Seneca Wallace throws three touchdown passes and also leads the Seahawks with 47 rushing yards, but Sammy Morris scores on a 1-yard run with 2:44 left to play to give the Matt Cassel-led Patriots a 24-21 victory in Seattle.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 16:
1981: Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns, Theotis Brown runs for two more and Dan Doornink has a rushing and a receiving TD in a 44-23 victory over the Chargers at the Kingdome, despite a 151-yard, two-TD performance by San Diego’s Chuck Muncie. Linebackers Michael Jackson (15) and Joe Norman (13) combine for 28 tackles.
1997: Doug Brien kicks a 48-yard field goal in overtime as the Saints pull out a 20-17 victory at the Superdome. Darryl Williams leads the Seahawks’ defensive effort by returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown, while Sam Adams has two sacks and Chad Brown recovers two fumbles.
2003: Bobby Engram returns a punt 83 yards for one touchdown and catches a 34-yard pass for another in a 34-14 win over the Lions in Seattle. Koren Robinson also recovers a fumble in the end zone for a TD, while Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck run for scores.
2008: T.J. Duckett runs for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it’s not enough in a 26-20 loss to the Cardinals in Seattle as the Seahawks run for 43 yards and Matt Hasselbeck throws three interceptions. Josh Wilson has 10 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in the loss.