Thanksgiving Day in Hawkville: A time for football, family, friends and food

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 22:


Football. Family. Football. Friends. Football. Food. Football. That was the Thanksgiving Day menu for Heath Farwell, the Seahawks’ special teams co-captain who also leads those units in coverage tackles entering Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in Miami.

But before that game, there are the preparations for that game, and a day’s worth of televised Turkey Day games, and Thanksgiving dinner with his wife, Julie, their son, Brock, and several teammates who were coming over after today’s practice.

“I love Thanksgiving. I always have,” Farwell said. “You automatically think of football, eating a lot of food and watching the games on TV. That’s what I remember from being a kid. Now we have practice, but as soon as you get done, you sit on the couch, eat an awesome meal and watch football.

“That’s what Thanksgiving is about. That’s what makes it fun – family, football and smashing turkey and mashed potatoes.”

Farwell, as well as everyone else in the Seahawks’ locker room, has ample reasons to give thanks on this day because he has so much to be thankful for.

“I’m thankful for my family. It starts with family – my parents, for installing the work ethic and being so supportive; my wife and my son, just for always being there for me,” he said. “So I’m just looking forward to spend the day with them, and we’ve got some guys on the team coming over – my extended family.

“So it’s going to be a lot of fun.”


Left guard. It’s worth a look for the second consecutive day because James Carpenter went from not practicing on Monday, to working on a limited basis on Wednesday, to taking all the snaps with the No. 1 today – when the players took advantage of the dry weather by practicing on the outdoor fields.

Carpenter missed the past two games because of a concussion, but appears ready to reclaim the starting job. John Moffitt started the two games Carpenter missed, but Moffitt worked at both guard spots with the No. 2 line today.


Russell Wilson. This one also has a focus, and it’s on the hair on his chinny-chin-chin. As well as his cheeks. And his upper lip. Did the rookie quarterback lose his razor during the bye week?

“The receivers, it’s no-shave November according to them,” Wilson said. “So I’ve got to wait until after this game (to shave).”

Of those receivers, Braylon Edwards and Golden Tate already had beards and Sidney Rice also sports facial hair. But Doug Baldwin, Charly Martin and Jermaine Kearse are in the same state of stubble as Wilson.


Before Brandon Browner became a Pro Bowl cornerback with the Seahawks last season, he played four seasons in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. Browner’s former team is playing the Toronto Argonauts in the 100th Grey Cup on Sunday.

“I’m happy for those guys. That’s a big deal,” Browner said. “Hopefully, they can get it done.”

The Seahawks-Dolphins game also has a touch of Northern Exposure, because Cameron Wake, who leads the Dolphins with 9.5 sacks, played for the B.C. Lions of the CFL before moving on to Miami.

“There are a lot of guys that get overlooked and they have to go up there and play,” Browner said of he and Wake taking the path much less traveled to reach the NFL. “But I think a lot of people could play in this league, if given the chance.”


The official practice participation report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice

DE Red Bryant (foot)

Full participation

OG James Carpenter (concussion)

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

DE Greg Scruggs (oblique)

CB Bryon Maxwell (hamstring)

DT Clinton McDonald (groin)

LB K.J. Wright (concussion)

With Bryant resting a sore foot, three-technique tackle Alan Branch moved to his end spot and was replaced at tackle by Jason Jones.

For the Dolphins:

No report for today, because they did not practice.


On this day for giving thanks, Farwell also has a wish: He’d like to play on Thanksgiving Day before his career is over. In six seasons with the Vikings, and in his second season with the Seahawks, he never has played in a T-Day game. But the Seahawks have. Here’s a look at how those games turned out:

Year          Opponent; outcome

1980         Cowboys; L, 51-7

1986         Cowboys; W, 31-14

2008         Cowboys; L, 34-9


The players will hold a midday practice on Friday before the team flies to Fort Lauderdale for Sunday’s game. They’ll also have a walkthrough on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale.


“Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Have a great one. Everybody out there in 12th Man Land, we need you, we love you.” – coach Pete Carroll

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