Jeff Sinchak isn’t sure who the Seahawks will take with their own pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, but the retired Navy diver knows who will announce that selection at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
It will be him.
Sinchak, 45 and a Seahawks season-ticket holder, was selected for the honor after submitting an essay and emerging from the process as the wounded vet who will announce the team’s pick – it’s uncertain whether he’ll also announce the fourth-round pick the Seahawks got in a trade with the Eagles last night.
“It’s all good, and we’re excited for it,” Sinchak said today, just after he landed at the Newark airport.
We? Sinchak also is packing his own draft guide – 16-year-old son Dakota, a football player and senior-to-be at Oak Harbor High School.
“We’re both obviously diehard football fans,” Sinchak said. “For him to be a young athlete and be part of this, and never having been to New York before, he is just a little overwhelmed.
“So it’s way cool.”
Back to the selection process – Sinchak’s, not the Seahawks’ – he is obviously honored. Not to mention pumped.
“From what I was told, there were quite a few entries,” he said. “Just by the nature of the write-up and what I had to say about being a season-ticket holder and a combat-wounded veteran, obviously it percolated because here we are.”
Sinchak retired in 2007 because of injuries after 24 years as a Navy diver. He had served in Operation Southern Watch (1993-94), Operation Restore Hope (1994-95) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-04). Sinchak now works for the Wounded Warrior Project and manages the organization’s alumni group.