This is the second of a two-part series about the Seahawks’ players. Yesterday, I wrote about the most publicized players of the Seahawks. In this post, Gene talks about the underrated players of the Seattle Seahawks.
With the Super Bowl kick-off at 6:30 (EST) , the majority of us will be glued to the television screen, or for some the computer screen, with the hopes that the team we root for will come up with the big W. I myself (and of course Liane =)) am rooting for the hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks, as they take on the New England Patriots. I have high hopes that this game will be memorable.
Since we are talking football, paying attention to game changing tendencies and a few off field facts regarding players would be an interesting topic. Today, I will talk briefly about three Hawks who are great athletes but do not carry the names: Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, Richard Sherman, or my favorite, Russ Wilson. The Hawks that I speak of, who will provide an impact on today’s championship game are Jermaine Kearse, Kam Chancellor, and of course our awesome kicker, Steve Hauschka.
Let us start with Kearse, our versatile wide receiver and fellow University of Washington alum. This guy is awesome at making amazing plays, who despite 4 blunders during the NFC championship couple of weeks ago (yes, he had butterfingers, and couldn’t hang on to 4 passes …but that’s ok!) is still a formidable threat.
His key attributes are his athleticism and knowledge of passing routes. Kearse is far from a perfect wide receiver as mentioned earlier, but his athleticism that enables him to make one-handed catches, is amazing to watch. He is such a clutch player, improving his performance as the game progresses and finding a way to make the big plays, biggest one was the amazing catch in overtime during the NFC championship game.
Off the field, Kearse, along with fellow Seahawks teammates, participate in a new community program founded by Coach Pete Carroll, called “A Better Seattle”. The program’s main premise is to reach out to Seattle area youth and keep them safe from violence.
Our next player, Kam Chancellor has his own foundation called: “Kam Cares Foundation”. Established in 2012, the foundation helps to build the underserved and less fortunate communities in Hampton Roads, Virginia, Seattle, Washington, and across the globe.
On the field, Chancellor is regarded as one of the hardest hitting safeties in the league. Chancellor is a smart safety with the ability to read the opposing team’s quarterback tendencies. His instinctual ability to read opposing quarterbacks came from his roots as a quarterback playing for Maury High school in Norfolk, VA. He is athletic in which he can jump high enough to block field goals, but he is also well known for his powerful tackling.
Our final player is our clutch kicker, Steven Hauschka, who has an amazing ability to make field goals as far as 58 yards away. He tied the Seahawks single game record of 5 field goals made, proving his prominence as an elite kicker.
Fun facts about Hauschka, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience in 2007 at Middlebury College and got his graduate degree in North Carolina State, how’s that for a kicker?