Kentwan Balmer is not only going home, he’ll be doing it to a hero’s welcome.
The Seahawks’ defensive lineman will have his number retired at Weldon (N.C.) High School on Friday night, during a halftime ceremony at the school’s basketball game.
“I don’t know what to say,” Balmer told the Daily Herald. “It’s nice to be recognized by your hometown. I’m humbled by it.”
Balmer played football and basketball at Weldon before going to the University of North Carolina. He was a first-round draft choice by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008. The Seahawks acquired Balmer in a trade in August.
Balmer started 11 games during the regular season – at tackle and end – and finished with a career-high 43 tackles. He also started both playoff games.