9 results for month: 11/2011


Keith Simpson: Incomplete After All These Years

By Scott M. Johnson Atop the desk of Keith Simpson's office at his Houston-area home, a photograph greets him each morning. The black-and-white, unframed photo is a keepsake of a time when young football players were in the prime of their lives, when they felt indestructible. In the picture, four men celebrate arm in arm after their Seattle Seahawks recorded a dominating win and made history in the process. Two of the men, Pro Bowl safety Kenny Easley and defensive backs coach Ralph Hawkins, are beaming with pride. The others, cornerbacks Keith Simpson and Dave Brown, are too tired to even grin. Easley and Simpson hold a football under their ...

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A Special CD Offer from Craig Terrill

November 22, 2011 A special message from Craig Terrill (Seahawks DT from 2004-2010) to all fans of great music: "I am pleased to offer you our most exclusive and best deals of the year on my CDs... just in time for holiday shopping! All specials include UNBEATABLE prices, FREE personalization from me and FREE shipping!" DEAL #1 (BEST DEAL) - Order Here $13.00 for 2-CD special (Normally $20 plus shipping) You will receive BOTH of Craig Terrill Band’s CDs, Genuine and CT for JUST $13! This is an UNHEARD OF PRICE for these two albums! DEAL #2 (Great Deal!) - Order Here $9.00 for Craig’s newest album, Genuine (normally $10 ...

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Dan Doornink: The Doctor Is In

November 22, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson During an eight-year NFL career that included seven with the Seattle Seahawks, Dan Doornink was asked to do a lot of things. He came into the league as a fullback, saw plenty of action on special teams, and started splitting time at halfback before finding his niche as a third-down back who caught plenty of passes out of the backfield. And in 1984, the Seahawks asked "Dr. Dan," as he would later be known, to give the mighty Los Angeles Raiders some anesthesia. With only a few days remaining before the Seahawks' playoff game against the rival Raiders, Doornink was given the surprising news that he was ...

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Fredd Young: A Special Beginning

By Scott M. Johnson On a winter afternoon in February 2008, Fredd Young willingly took off the mask. The former NFL player was surrounded by dozens of others, many of whom saw him as a tough guy who never showed pain. Even though he walked with the slight limp of a man who had undergone seven hip surgeries, Fredd Young wasn't the kind of person to give off even the slightest hint of weakness. And yet on that afternoon, with eyes measuring his every move, Young unabashedly wept without any concern for his reputation. Freddy Young Jr. had just signed his name to a national letter of intent, meaning Fredd Young's eldest son would play college ...

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The Spencers Welcome Madyson Grace

November 11, 2011 Congratulations to former Seahawks center Chris Spencer and his wife Katherine, who welcomed a baby girl, Madyson Grace, into the world on Sept. 2, 2011. Madyson Grace joins older brother Jaxson in the Spencer household. Chris and Katherine met at the University of Mississippi, where he played football and she was a Coastal Carolina Elite volleyball player. They married in 2006. Chris played for the Seahawks from 2005-2010, and is now with the Chicago Bears.

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Jim Zorn: The Original Star

By Scott M. Johnson When the Seattle Seahawks signed unknown quarterback Jim Zorn off the street, they had no way of knowing that he would eventually be the franchise's first star player. And their low expectations didn't change much when they saw him in person for the first time. Nothing about Zorn was typical of an NFL quarterback. He had a strange name, a floppy haircut and he threw with his left arm. He played college ball at Cal Poly Pomona, not exactly a football powerhouse, and had already been cut by the Dallas Cowboys. And as for his style of play? Let's just say that Zorn was the antithesis of the polished, dropback passer that would soon ...

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Theotis Brown Inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former Seahawks running back Theotis Brown, who was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on November 4, 2011. "It's unbelievable. I'm so honored, shocked and honored to enter the UCLA Hall of Fame," said Brown. "This is an honor that's not based on statistics, it's an overall overview of the athlete, their career and production outside the game since they left school." Theotis initially thought his induction letter was meant for his son, Trey, who also played football for the Bruins. "When I got the letter I actually thought it was a letter sent to my son, Trey, because he played at UCLA as a cornerback," Brown ...

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And Baby Makes Three

November 5, 2011 Congratulations to Patrick & Lisa Kerney, who welcomed their first child, daughter Ashley Johnson Kerney, into the world on Sept. 20, 2011. Ashley was 7 lbs., 3 oz., and 20 inches. Patrick was a defensive end for the Seahawks from 2007-2009, and in 2007 was voted as a starter in the Pro Bowl and led the NFC in sacks with 14.5 (which set a new personal career-high). He retired from the NFL in 2010 after an 11 year career with the Atlanta Falcons (1999–2006) and the Seahawks. Patrick is in the Columbia Business School's MBA program. Lisa is the former Lisa Gangel, who was a weekend sports anchor for KING TV in ...

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John L. Williams – Changing It Up

November 1, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson While John L. Williams was a wishbone tailback at Palatka High School in Palatka, Fla., no one would have guessed that he would develop into one of the best three-dimensional backs in NFL history. He had plenty of opportunities to run the ball in high school, but rarely was he asked to block anyone or catch a pass out of the backfield. "In four years of high school," Williams mused, "I probably caught 20 passes." During his days as a fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, Williams was known to catch that many passes in the span of two games. As he once promised fellow dual-threat running backs Thurman ...

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