Isaiah Kacyvenski Announces the Seahawks’ Pick in the 2013 NFL Draft
By Bill Boehlke
Fans saw a familiar face take the podium to announce the Seahawks’ 2nd-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft in April.
“With the 62nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Christine Michael, running back, from Texas A&M,” former Seahawks linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski announced at Radio City Music Hall in New York and before a national audience on ESPN.
The NFL began having alumni announce picks in 2011. Joining Kacyvenski among the exclusive group of former players were Deion Sanders (Falcons), Jonathan Ogden (Ravens), Tony Casillas (Cowboys), Randy Gradishar (Broncos) and Warren Sapp (Bucs).
The Seahawks had traded their first-round pick as part of the deal to acquire receiver/returner Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2000, Kacyvenski was selected in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks and became the highest draft pick in Harvard history. He graduated cum laude with a pre-med degree, but elected to miss his commencement ceremony to attend the first days of Seahawks training camp. His father attended the ceremony in cap and gown in Kacyvenski’s stead and received the Harvard diploma for his son.
Kacyvenski played six-plus seasons with the Seahawks, recording 267 tackles in 90 games, and he was elected as the special teams captain three years in a row. In 2002, he earned the starting job at middle linebacker after battling for the position with Orlando Huff. In 2005, he was special teams captain for the Seahawks and helped lead the team to Super Bowl XL.
Kacyvenski played with the St. Louis Rams in 2006, and was an offseason member of the Oakland Raiders in 2007. He officially retired in 2008.