Cruise with the Seahawks: Day 6

Day 6

PACIFIC OCEAN – We are heading back to San Diego today and will be in port tomorrow morning. Tonight we will have our Farewell to Mexico cocktail party with our Fans. This will be my last blog, so here is a little recap of the last couple of days…

On Wednesday, our second day in Puerto Vallarta, the guys just wanted to go to the beach and enjoy the surroundings. It was really nice to sit on the beach, lie in the sun and chill. Richard Sherman and his brother rented some jet skis and had a ball – I think it was the first time for both so it was really cool to see their excitement. After they returned from jet skiing, we all just sat back and had a “Corona commercial moment” of the boys chillaxin’.

After boarding the ship, we took one last group picture with the fans and set sail for Cabo San Lucas (right in the middle of college spring break I might add). On Thursday morning we arrived in Cabo and then headed straight to the beach. We hit the city around 10:30 AM when it was pretty quiet, but right when we had to board the ship (thank goodness), the beach came alive with college students and Spring Break fever!

Throughout the week we have had a great time with our wonderful fans. We all want to thank AAA Travel and Holland America for being our partners on these fabulous cruises. I also want to say a big “Thank You” to our players, Richard Sherman and John Moffitt. You have provided us an opportunity to get to know you other than what we see on the field, and you have proven once again that the Seahawks are not only bringing great athletes to the organization, but also men with great character.

Until next year…Later, Gator.

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Cruise with the Seahawks: Day 4

Day 4

Today we arrived in sunny Puerto Vallarta. On the event list – ATVs! At first glance, our rental seemed a bit beat up, but speed is the only thing that really matters, and that they had! There were nine total in our group. Unfortunately, for one guest, a machine broke down, so we had a few minutes to catch our breath while we waited for the mechanic to arrive and fix her up.. and we were back at it again. We were able to go full throttle and do some serious four-wheeling in the sand. It was super fun and we had a blast – however, we were also exposed to the extreme poverty in Mexico. Our players told me afterwards, that they were sincerely humbled by what they saw. That with even so little, people actually seemed quite happy, waving and smiling at us as we passed by. It definitely made us all really appreciate what we have.

Tomorrow we will continue our stay in Puerto Vallarta and we have decided to take a beach day and just check out the sites! Until tomorrow!

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Cruise with the Seahawks: Day 3

Day 3

Today is our second full day at sea, and it is so nice to have some warm weather. We had our chalk talk with the players and they shared some insight on a few of their favorite plays from the 2011 season, in addition to completing their first year in the NFL. John Moffitt touched on how speed and agility of an NFL defensive linemen is far superior to college, and how having the proper technique was the most important lesson he learned in his first year.

Richard Sherman shared his thoughts on the power of film study; learning the tendencies of the opposing offensive is key. In addition, having unwavering confidence has been one of the keys to his success in his first season as a pro. He has great respect for, and gave much credit to his defensive coaches at Stanford for helping him develop the proper skills to be successful in the NFL, and of course to his current Seahawks coaches for teaching him how to take these skills to the next level. As a defensive back you must not be afraid to take some risks. If you have done your film study, and all your homework, when you see a familiar formation based on down and distance, then you have to believe in your preparation and pull the trigger when the moment arises. You can’t play the position of defensive back passively!!!! No pun intended.

Tomorrow we will be in Puerto Vallarta and will be taking an ATV adventure. It should be fun!!!!

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Cruise with the Seahawks: Day 2

Day 2

PACIFIC OCEAN – Today is our first of two days at sea.  We had our Welcome Party/Meet & Greet with the players and all the fans – this is an opportunity for the fans to get to know the players off the field!  Richard Sherman and John Moffitt shared some personal history, where they grew up, their families, friends, and even some of the struggles and challenges they overcame to get to the National Football League.

John shared stories about his childhood in Boston, how he began playing football, his time at the University of Wisconsin, and most importantly, how he met his best friend and guest on the cruise, Mark Shorey.

Richard Sherman shared about his upbringing in the Watts area of Los Angeles, with his brother and guest on the cruise, Branton Sherman.  He talked about what drove him to excel academically and ultimately got him a scholarship to play football for Stanford University, and what drives him today to play the way he does.

Their stories were funny and heartwarming, as they opened themselves up to our fans.  This has always been a great session for folks to really connect with the guys they cheer for each, and every Sunday. Both of our players are young,  engaging, personable, and very focused to be the best.  We are so fortunate to have them on this cruise and as members of our Seahawks family.

Until tomorrow!

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Cruise with the Seahawks: Day 1

Day 1

SAN DIEGO – We began our 7th Annual Cruise with the Seahawks in San Diego aboard Holland America’s beautiful ms Oosterdam! Joining me this year are offensive guard John Moffitt and defensive back Richard Sherman.  This is the very first cruise for both, so they are super excited to be here, and with all of the fans.  It is so beautiful and sunny here in San Diego, as we gather with our Seahawks fans, along with the ship’s captain, to conduct our traditional 12th Man flag raising which will kick off the cruise Seahawks in style!

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