Introducing Katelyn Annabelle Carlson

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July 25, 2012

Katelyn350_0725Congratulations to Seahawks alumni John Carlson (2008-2011) and his wife Danielle, who welcomed baby girl Katelyn Annabelle into the world on July 17, 2012. Weighing in at 7 lbs., 13 ounces, and measuring 21 inches, Katelyn joins big brother William in the Carlson household.

Carlson played college football at Notre Dame, where he was a two-year starter at tight end. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

He scored his first NFL touchdown on a pass from Charlie Frye in week 6 of the 2008 NFL season in a 17-27 loss to Green Bay. In a season marred by injuries for the Seahawks, particularly at wide receiver, Carlson proved to be a reliable target throughout the season and led the team in receptions (55) and receiving yards (627) for the 2008 season, a feat not accomplished in franchise history by a rookie since Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent.

Katelyn&Danielle200_0725He also had a notable performance in the Seahawks’ 2010 playoffs with two touchdown catches in a win against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. He missed the 2011 season with a torn labrum that he suffered in the pre-season, but in his first three seasons in Seattle he caught 137 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns, including back-to-back 50+ catch seasons in his first two seasons in Seattle.

Carlson signed a five-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on March 14, 2012. The Vikings run a lot of two-tight end formations, and because of the lack of a deep threat on the outside, the Vikings are apparently going to attempt to copy the New England Patriots’ model of building a passing attack around two big, mobile tight ends – Carlson and Kyle Rudolph.

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