Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

ATLANTA -- K.J. Wright made sure to acknowledge Bobby Wagner in the postgame locker room. The Seattle Seahawks defensive captain, and Wright’s good friend, became the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles during Sunday’s win against the Atlanta Falcons.

Wright, with his right arm hoisting a football in the air, gave an impassioned speech in honor of Wagner.

“This game ball goes to the hardest working person I know, the most consistent person I know, the most passionate player I know and just a great friend of mine. I can’t thank him enough for being in my life.”

The locker room roared upon learning of Wagner’s feat.

The record-breaker came on Atlanta’s first drive of the game when Wagner stopped Devonta Freeman for a 1-yard gain. The tackle gave Wagner 985 for his career, passing former Seahawks safety Eugene Robinson.

Wagner also recorded his first sack of the season on a blitz up the middle, recovered a Devonta Freeman fumble on Seattle’s 1-yard line and broke up Atlanta’s crucial two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter. He finished with six tackles in the game, and he’s now just 11 shy of 1,000.


“Hopefully that number continues to grow as I play here,” Wagner told reporters postgame. “I want to play here for a long time. It’s an honor to be able to pass the guys that came before us. I’m thankful for my teammates that helped me.”

Wagner added that he’s humbled by the record, and that his goal is to be with the Seahawks until the day he retires.

“I put a lot of value into it,” Wagner said. “In a business where it’s cutthroat, it’s cool to be able to play with one organization your whole career. I watched guys like Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher – those guys played their career with one team.”

Wagner, still just 29, should have several years of great football left in him, which means he's going to continue to add to his record. By the time the future Hall of Fame linebacker decides to hang it up, his record will dwarf the one he just broke.

"He's going to own that forever," Pete Carroll said.