11 results for month: 09/2011


Remembering Joe Tofflemire

September 29, 2011 He bought himself a snub-nosed football shoe in the ninth grade to further his ambitions as a place-kicker, so instantly – and forever – Joe Tofflemire was known as “Toe.” But soon enough he grew into a complete player – one of the most honored linemen in Pacific-12 Conference history, a second-round NFL draft pick – and, to his family and friends, a complete inspiration. So their sorrow was as profound as their shock in learning that Tofflemire had died Tuesday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Post Falls home. The former Seattle Seahawks center ...

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Warren Moon: The Trail Blazer

September 27, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson Standing on a podium where such an elite group of others once stood, Warren Moon was just a man. His age did not matter. His position did not matter. And this time, his race did not matter. Moon, who had spent so much of his life being tagged as not just a quarterback but as a black quarterback, could finally be introduced with a less constricting label. The date was Aug. 5, 2006, and the longtime quarterback had shed the label to become Hall of Famer Warren Moon. After a lifetime spent in many of football's forgotten lands, Moon had proven everything that needed to be validated during a journey that led ...

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Dave Krieg: The Man from Milton

By Scott M. Johnson With appropriate timing, the first chapter of one of the most legendary stories in NFL history was being written a few months after a similar tale had come to an end. In the fall of 1999, unknown quarterback and one-time grocery bagger Kurt Warner overcame stops at Division I-AA Northern Iowa University, the Arena League and NFL Europe to become the starting quarterback of the St. Louis Rams. Over the ensuing months, he would become as unlikely a Most Valuable Player as the NFL would ever anoint. Warner was the stuff of Disney movies, the kind of character F. Scott Fitzgerald might create on the pages of a book. His was the most ...

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Mack & Zoe Strong Receive “Washingtonian of the Year” Awards

September 17, 2011 Congratulations to Mack Strong and his wife, Zoë Higheagle-Strong, who were recipients of the Association of Washington Generals’ (AWG) annual “Washingtonian of the Year” award on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The award is bestowed annually to persons who have demonstrated leadership, selflessness, generosity and compassion in their service to others.

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Shaun Alexander: Everybody’s All-American

By Scott M. Johnson Shaun Alexander's mind was blank. Face down, with only his facemask protecting him from the turf, he couldn't think of anything at all. All the excitement and pressure that weighed on an entire city had gone away, and now there was nothing. Only Alexander, the turf and the voices of a few trainers. In the biggest game of his professional career, Alexander found himself unable to continue. After promising the Seattle Seahawks that he would take them to the promised land, Alexander was on the brink of doing just that but found himself facedown, knocked out, finished for the day. It marked the first time in Alexander's ...

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Sam McCullum: The Assassin’s Target

September 11, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson The greatest game of Sam McCullum's six-year career in Seattle wasn't a memorable, come-from-behind victory that changed the course of a season. In fact, it wasn't even a victory. And to call it memorable would actually be misleading because McCullum doesn't remember a thing that happened after halftime. After suffering a concussion at the hands of a man that many consider the hardest hitter in NFL history, McCullum blacked out but still set a franchise record for receiving yards in the game. It marked one of many highlights of a Seahawks career that was sandwiched between McCullum's two stints ...

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Paul Skansi: The Big Catch

September 9, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson Having spent much of his adolescence on fishing boats, alongside his father and older brother, Paul Skansi grew up knowing what it's like to dream of the big catch. The Gig Harbor native planned on carrying on the family tradition of becoming a commercial fisherman. But even after Paul Skansi found another calling, his destiny was essentially the same. Skansi, a local football star who went on to play at the University of Washington and eventually for the nearby city's NFL team, made one of the biggest catches in Seahawks history. Even more than 25 years later, the memory still lingered in the minds ...

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Kenny Easley: Giving His All

By Scott M. Johnson More than 20 years have passed since Kenny Easley made his last bone-jarring hit on a football field. And yet the game continues to assault him well after his premature 1987 retirement. It's there every time he thinks about his 19-year-old kidney and wonders when it will inevitably give out. It's there on the rare occasion that he watches a football game and feels the pain of every bone-crushing hit that unfolds before his eyes. There, hovering like a blindside blocker, is a question that just won't go away. Does Kenny Easley regret giving it all on the football field? Easley, who sacrificed the quality of his later ...

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Matt Hasselbeck: A Second Chance

September 8, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson He grew up in a privileged household, the oldest son of a former NFL player, and yet by the time Matt Hasselbeck arrived in Seattle in 2001 he was not used to having things handed to him on a silver platter. So it took a little getting used to when Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren traded two draft picks for Hasselbeck and immediately anointed him as the starting quarterback. Hasselbeck had never started a game at the NFL level. He was not invited to the scouting combine after his senior year at Boston College, and he didn't hear his name called until the sixth round of the 1998 NFL draft. Even while at ...

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Jacob Green: Chip Off the Old Block

September 7, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson As each year passes since the final time Jacob Green suited up for a football game, the memories become less vivid and more scattered. Some have been stripped from his mind altogether, while a precious few are etched in his memory as if being played back on a video screen. He can still see Curt Warner breaking a 60-yard run on his first carry as a Seattle Seahawk. He can still remember Steve Largent catching the game-winning touchdown pass to beat the Miami Dolphins and propel the Seahawks to what would become their only trip to the AFC championship game. And who could forget the Monday Night Football ...

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