A recap of the day’s activities:
Jordan Babineaux. The players were off today, as the coaches were putting together the game plan for Sunday’s matchup with the Rams in St. Louis. But the team’s free safety scored on several levels by handing out turkeys to 10 needy families at the Madrona school in Seattle.
The event was held in conjuncture with Communities in Schools, The Babineaux Family Foundation and the employees of Hyatt Hotels, who donated baskets of other Thanksgiving treats to the families. But the star of the show was Babineaux. He autographed pictures of himself. He posed for pictures. He chatted up the kids.
Needless to say, a good time was had by all.
“This is the first year I’ve really been involved, and it’s been rewarding,” said Babineaux, who also made stops at a nearby middle school and the Rainier Beach Boys and Girls Club later in the day. “It’s soothing for me to know that I can put a smile on someone else’s face by doing so little. The people appreciate it, the families appreciate it.”
William Beale, an 11-year-old sixth grader, was in awe from start to finish.
“I was very shocked when I saw him come in,” Beale said. “It was amazing. I was so happy, because he’s one of my favorite players – him and Matt Hasselbeck. That’s all I can say, it was great.”
Thursday is Thanksgiving, but the Seahawks do have a game this week. So the players will practice, but the schedule is being altered so they can spend time with their families. Practice has been moved up 40 minutes to 10:45, and the afternoon schedule also is being tweaked.
“Recognizing that it is an important time of the year for these guys to keep some perspective about life in general and the importance of family, we’ll work in the morning and we’ll try to get them out of here at a decent time so they can spend time with their families,” coach Jim Mora said. “Then we’ll make up for it Friday morning and Friday afternoon.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“You know, obviously not good enough, or we wouldn’t be 3-7.” – Mora, when asked to assess his performance this season