K.J. Wright is a key figure for the Seattle Seahawks both on and off the court.
On Saturday, he was recognized for his excellence, winning the Male Sports Star of the Year Award at the 86th annual Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards.
The Sports Star of the Year Awards, which were created by legendary Seattle sports writer Royal Brougham and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1936, have celebrated the achievements of Washington sports for nine decades.
Wright accepted the award in a video message.
"This award, it's truly an honor," Wright said. "It's an award the fans voted for—I've always tried to be a staple in the community, on and off the field, and to be recognized with this award is amazing. I've always watched the show—I've never been—but I've always watched it and seen some of my teammates be a part of it, and I thought it'd be cool to be part of it someday. So I'm really excited."
Wright won this year's Male Sports Star Award over fellow nominees Jordan Morris (Sounders FC), Kyle Lewis (Mariners), Kyle Manzardo (WSU Baseball) and Elijah Molden (UW Football).
The linebacker started all 16 games for the second straight year, recording 86 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Wright was the only player in the league in 2020 with double-digit passes defensed (10) and tackles for loss (11).
Wright is a free agent this offseason and hopes to remain in Seattle with the Seahawks if the money is right.