By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
We’ve come to the time of the year when we take time in our lives to be thankful for all we have. Reflect on our lives, our family, our friendships, and our football teams. Yes, I said football teams.
Whether you are a fan of college, professional, or both, enough weeks have gone by that you know what your team is made of. For some fans, that is a happy place to reflect. Others…eh maybe not so much. So on this Thanksgiving morning, I’m going to spend some time reminding myself, and hopefully, you also, what we Seattle Seahawks fans have to be thankful for.
Let’s talk about Russell Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback is always something to be thankful for. This season, being thankful for Wilson simply isn’t enough. We need to be worshiping the turf he plays on. Wilson has single-handedly saved the Seahawks offense this year.
In preseason most thought Seattle would be back to their old scheme of being a run first team. Sadly that hasn’t been the case. The offense has been placed completely on the shoulders of its quarterback, with Wilson being responsible for over 80% of the yards from scrimmage. He is also Seattle’s top rusher. For these reasons, Wilson is constantly in the MVP conversation and the envy of many NFL teams.
If being super thankful for Russell wasn’t enough, let us turn our focus to the linebackers in Seattle. Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, and Michael Wilhoite, plus Terrence Garvin, DJ Alexander. Names that other teams would kill to have on their roster. Wagner and Wright are one of the best tandems in the league, and Wilhoite has proven to be a huge addition to the team. Constantly stalking their prey, the linebackers are the biggest reason Seattle is so proficient in stopping the run and have an immeasurable impact on the effectiveness of the defense.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the importance of the Legion of Boom. Yes, they’re beat up and bruised this year. No, they aren’t on the field making the impact they normally do, but that doesn’t diminish the impact they have on the team. They take on their role as locker room leaders seriously, as shown by cornerback Richard Sherman wheeling himself to the practice field and the game just days after his season-ending surgery. The dedication of Sherman, and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor is overwhelming. We need to be so so thankful for them.
And, if all of that wasn’t enough for you to say “I am so grateful for this team even with a 6-4 record”, then I give you this: Pete Carroll and John Schneider. These men completely changed football in the city of Seattle. They are responsible for everything I’ve listed above and so much more. The consistency they have brought to the team and the program is the envy of many in the league. Together they have brought home 4 NFC West Championships, 2 NFC Championships, and a Lombardi trophy. Can I get a hallelujah?
I am thankful for the Seattle Seahawks entire history starting clear back in 1976. However, the last few years have spoiled us, even the longtime fans. We sometimes forget to be grateful for where this team is and what it has brought to us. They may not be having a perfect season, they may not even make the playoffs, but they are still worth being thankful for.
I’m not trying to be mushy. I’m not ‘in my feelings” on this holiday. I’m simply saying, we really have nothing to complain about. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
So today, this Thanksgiving day, I raise a glass to the million reasons I am thankful for my family, my friends, and my health. But, as a fan, there a lot of reasons to be thankful to the Seattle Seahawks. Cheers!
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