4 results for month: 12/2011


Mack Strong: The Long Timer

By Scott M. Johnson While the first two major decisions of Mack Strong's athletic career were all about opportunity, the third one had everything to do with something entirely different. "Spite," the Seattle Seahawks' longtime fullback said when asked why he chose to play in the Pacific Northwest way back in 1993. Having been spurned by his hometown team, the Atlanta Falcons, in the 1993 NFL draft, Strong said no to a free-agent contract with that team and decided to go as far away as possible. So he landed in Seattle, a city he had never before visited. He hardly even knew anything about the Seahawks, other than a wide receiver named Steve ...

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Cortez Kennedy: The Biggest Small-Towner

December 13, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson Cortez Kennedy spent most of his playing career as a dichotomy. Big, strong and quick as a whip on the field, he was often docile and relaxed off it. Mean and nasty between the trenches, Kennedy was more of a softy when the pads came off. On the field, Kennedy was known for a quick first step that often put him in the opponents' backfield at about the time the ball was exchanged from center to quarterback. Off the field, Kennedy was known more for his infectious laugh -- a wheezing, guttural, heh-heh-heh chuckle that often included a stuck-out tongue. Even Kennedy's playful side was a mask at times, ...

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Brian Blades: Live Through This

December 20, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson The spotlight was on him again, only this time Brian Blades cringed at its glow. So many times, he stood beneath the lights and basked in the attention that came with them. He had played in so many big games at the University of Miami, had delivered in the Seattle Seahawks' most important game of his rookie season, had become one of the NFL franchise's greatest receivers of all time. And yet now, with all eyes upon him, Brian Blades was uncomfortable with the attention and scared for his life. Three days earlier, a jury had found him guilty of manslaughter following the accidental shooting death of his ...

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Norm Johnson: The Man with the Golden Leg

By Scott M. Johnson While the 1983 NFL draft will forever be remembered for its deep pool of quarterbacks, the previous year's annual selection event can be looked back upon for its productivity at another position. In 1982, two drafted kickers with similar names came into the NFL and spent more than two decades making Pro Bowls and setting records. By the early part of the 21st Century, Morten Andersen and Gary Anderson were still kicking despite having already attained the status of immortals. Andersen broke Anderson's NFL record for career points in 2006, and the duo is included in just about any conversation that involves the greatest kicker in ...

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