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Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner among nominees for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award

Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner among nominees for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award

He’s an eight-year NFL veteran, Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler and four-time NFL First-Team All-Pro.

And now, Bobby Wagner is being recognized for his excellence off-the-field as the Seattle Seahawks nominee for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

The award recognizes NFL players across the country who strive to make their communities better and continue to raise the bar on community engagement. Wagner checks both boxes.

The Seahawks linebacker has given back to the Seattle community in a number of ways. He’s partnered with the Low Income Housing Institute’s “tiny house” project to help provide homes for those in need. He’s hosted the “Walk with Wagner” events at the VMAC, in honor of Stroke Awareness month. 

Recently, while packing Thanksgiving meals for Seattle’s tiny home community, he treated Safeway customers to a surprise shopping spree.

“When I do it, it’s genuine,” Wagner said of his gesture. “It’s from the heart. I don’t really care if people see that I do it or notice that I do it or even recognize that it’s me doing it. I just do it because I feel like there’s a lot of people out there that need a hand, and I try to lend a hand.”

Each Man of the Year nominee receives a donation up to $50,000 to spend on their charity of choice. Wagner has selected the HBCU Foundation, a foundation that provides scholarships to students attending historically black college and universities.

The 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year will be announced on Feb. 1 during a two-hour primetime awards special airing the night before the Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Los Angeles Rams, follow us on social for live updates

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Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Los Angeles Rams, follow us on social for live updates

The Seattle Seahawks are 10-2 and on top of the NFC West, but a division foe will look to change that this week. Seattle is heading to Los Angeles in Week 14 to take on the Rams (7-5) in what could be the two teams’ final meeting at the storied Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

The Seahawks are riding a five-game winning streak and will not only look to keep their hot streak going, but also clinch a playoff berth with a win on Sunday. 

Seahawks Insider Joe Fann and digital producer Lindsey Wisniewski are in Los Angeles for the game, so make sure you follow along on social. Kickoff is at 5:20 p.m.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

This is the Seahawks third appearance in prime-time in the last four games. Seattle’s all-time prime-time record is 61-30-1 and 3-0 this season. 

With a win on Sunday, Seattle would improve on its best road start in franchise history and begin the season 7-0. 

Chris Carson needs 19 rushing yards for his second-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season and to become the sixth player in franchise history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

Pete Carroll needs one more win to reach 100 regular season wins as head coach of the Seahawks.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Russell Wilson on the Seahawks wearing flashy kicks in support of My Cause My Cleats, a campaign across the league that gives players the opportunity to bring attention to the causes close to their heart. 

“I think what the NFL My Cause My Cleats has been a great tradition over the past three years or so. It’s been really cool just to see guys and who they represent, what they represent, who they want to help, the people that they may have lost or the people that they want to help in the future. I think that’s always really cool. I think the cool part about us as a team is, we do a great job of, the media team and everyone else do a great job of getting everyone together and getting their cleats together.”

GAME INFORMATION

Time: Sunday, December 8 at 5:20 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Los Angeles, CA 

TV: NBC | Stream here 

No ladder needed: D.K. Metcalf makes this one-handed grab look easy

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No ladder needed: D.K. Metcalf makes this one-handed grab look easy

We already knew D.K. Metcalf was a freak of nature.

Before he even stepped on the field as a Seahawk, the 21-year-old was blazing the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds.

Then, photos of his chiseled physique took over the internet. The NFL Combine reportedly measured him at 1.6 percent body fat.

He’s since become one of Russell Wilson’s go-to weapons and a social media icon after partnering with a coffee brand to sell “Decaf Metcalf.”

Ahead of Seattle’s Week 14 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Metcalf once again showed off how much he is killing it at life. During team drills, the Seahawks wideout displayed his freakishly good football skills when he leaped up above the field goal post to catch this ball one-handed. 

We nearly lost it. Twitter nearly lost it. The crossbar of an NFL goalpost is 10 feet tall. Metcalf cleared that EASILY! How is Metcalf even human?! 

Metcalf will look to add to his reel of flashy catches tonight as the Seahawks take on the Rams in what looks to be the final time at Memorial Coliseum. 

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Nearly six months after Bobby Wagner negotiated a three-year, $54 million contract extension to make him the highest paid at his position, the Seattle Seahawks linebacker is making waves again.

Wagner was recently named to Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 Sports list, which features athletes, inventive entrepreneurs and professionals in the field of media, law and development.

His accomplishments on the football field are impressive, but it’s Wagner's off-the-field accolades that caught the eye of Forbes.

“We should take the time to learn and understand how to make the money work for us, versus working for the money,” Wagner told Forbes.

Wagner made a five-figure investment in startup Denali Therapeutics in 2014 that has since gone public with shares close to $18. The 29-year-old also recently joined Andressen Horowitz’s $500,000 minimum investment cultural fund, which features companies like Hipcamp and Lime scooters, and included investors such as Diddy and Shondra Rhimes. 

This isn’t the first time Wagner has been recognized for his entrepreneurial pursuits. In 2017, he was part of a group of current and former NFL players who invested in 12-year-old Mikaela Ulmer’s lemonade business “Me & the Bees.”

Wagner has stressed the importance of athletes not only learning business, but understanding it. He has also talked about his desire to pursue something in the business field post-football.

“I love business and I love to get into different investments and things of that nature,” Wagner said last summer. “I envision myself negotiating deals down the line and, so, I told myself (if) I wasn’t willing to risk challenging myself with my own money and my own cash then I’ll never take that risk down the line. That’s why I was focused on it.”

At 29, Wagner has seemingly done it all on the football field. He’s been to five Pro Bowls, earned four first-team All-Pro nods and helped lead Seattle to its first ever Super Bowl.

But with the Seahawks at 10-2 and on top of the NFC West, he could soon add another Super Bowl title to his collection.

“We still have room to improve on, which is the scary thing because we can still get better.”

Seahawks players to wear custom cleats for charity for My Cause My Cleats

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Seahawks players to wear custom cleats for charity for My Cause My Cleats

The Seattle Seahawks will be decked out in flashy footwear when they travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to take on the Rams.

As a part of the NFL’s campaign known as “My Cause My Cleats,” Seahawks players will wear colorful cleats to show support for the organization of their choice.

Star quarterback Russell Wilson will be wearing neon yellow and green cleats with the words “Anything is possible,” on them in support of his foundation, Why Not You, while rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf will show off his pink and green cleats with the words “Love First” in support of Prison Fellowship

Here’s a look at all of the cleats current and former Seahawks players, coaches and staff will be wearing this week.

Following the game, the cleats will be available via the Seahawks auction site. All funds raised will benefit the players chosen causes.

What They’re Saying: Seahawks’ blueprint to Super Bowl forming once again

What They’re Saying: Seahawks’ blueprint to Super Bowl forming once again

The Seattle Seahawks are on top of the NFC West and have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth Sunday with a win or tie over the Los Angeles Rams.

Seattle is beginning to look every bit the part of Super Bowl threats thanks to its MVP caliber quarterback, resurgent defense, unstoppable 1-2 punch at running back, stout offensive line and a plethora of targets at wide receiver and tight end. 

Heck, even Jason Myers is even making field goals look fun again. 

“We haven’t really done anything yet, but the finish is there for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following Monday’s win. “With four games left we have to make some noise and see if we can finish this thing off right."

The Seahawks are shining on a stage they’ve been to before, but there’s still more football to be played. In true Seattle fashion: Expect a rollercoaster ride to the finish. 

Here’s a look at What They’re Saying about the Seahawks heading into Week 14:

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times says we’re seeing the vintage Seahawks on full display with no shortage of magic from Russell Wilson.

“It’s a formula that brought the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. And you can see the blueprint coalescing again in 2019, right along with the ever-growing confidence in the locker room.”

Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated highlighted Pete Carroll’s “do right, longer” speech and how its become the mantra of Seattle this season.

“For a team that is endearing in both style and fortitude, that has rebuilt around quarterback Russell Wilson in recent years, that waved goodbye to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett and so many others, the Seahawks reinforced on Monday night that they are capable of another Super Bowl run. That is not, repeat not, to say they’re now the favorite. Nor is that to say they are without flaws. But in an NFC where it’s possible to make cases for or against the Saints, Seahawks, Packers, 49ers and even Vikings, the team that just keeps winning is as good a bet as any down the stretch.”

While the postseason hasn’t even begun yet, Riley McAtee of The Ringer takes a look at the two teams that are already circling one another in Week 17: the Seahawks and 49ers.

“The stakes could not be higher. Not only will the NFC West winner get the bragging rights that come with winning the division, but will also likely earn a first-round postseason bye. The loser, meanwhile, will almost certainly be a wild-card team, facing the uphill climb that entails. Since 1990, just three teams seeded fifth or worse have gone on to appear in the Super Bowl: the 2005 Steelers, the 2007 Giants, and the 2010 Packers. In that same stretch, 46 1- or 2-seeds have made it to the final game of the season. The last team to even play on wild-card weekend and still make the Super Bowl was the 2012 Ravens. The Niners and Seahawks aren’t just in a competition for the NFC West, they’re already racing each other to the Super Bowl.”

Nate Davis of USA Today has some trust issues with the Seahawks, despite recent comments from Seattle veterans K.J. Wright and Russell Wilson.

“Once upon a time, I invested heavily in the Seattle Seahawks — correctly predicting they'd win Super Bowl XLVIII six months before they actually did so, but then incorrectly betting they'd repeat the following season ... which they should have. I even figured the "Legion of Boom" teams would replace the New England Patriots as the NFL's latest dynasty ... and it could have.”

Our very own Seahawks Insider Joe Fann noted the growing relationship between running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.

“On Seattle’s first drive of the third quarter, Chris Carson gashed the Vikings defense for a 25-yard run down to Minnesota’s 5-yard line. He then did something seldom seen from running backs that close to the goal line: He tapped his helmet, subbing himself out so that Rashaad Penny could get into the game.

It took two plays for Penny to find the end zone, ultimately scoring on a 1-yard toss to the left. It was Penny’s third rushing touchdown of the season and second in as many weeks. As far as Penny was concerned, he owed that score to Carson.”

Social media reacts: Seahawks top Vikings to take control of NFC West

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Social media reacts: Seahawks top Vikings to take control of NFC West

The Seahawks took control of their destiny in the NFC West with a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

With the win, the Seahawks took over the NFC West and second place in the NFC. Had they lost, Seattle would have fallen all the way back to the five-seed. It was a crucial game with high stakes, but only one team could come away victorious. 

After trailing 17-10 at halftime, the floodgates officially opened for the Seahawks, thanks to two touchdowns from Rashaad Penny, a 60-yard bomb from Russell Wilson to David Moore and how could we forget the defense? That Bradley McDougald recovery and Tre Flowers pick was out of this world. 

Here's a look at how fans and media reacted to the Seahawks 37-30 win over the Vikings in prime time: 

It was the 1-2 punch Pete Carroll has talked about all season long, but we finally saw it in real life. Carson, who sustained a hard hit early on which required a trip to medical tent, got things started for Seattle and scored the first touchdown of the game.

Rashaad Penny responded with one of his own in the third quarter, when he came in on a second-and-goal. Seahawks Twitter kind of lost it. 

Then David Moore was left wide open at the end of the third quarter. The Seahawks wide receiver caught a 60-yard bomb from Wilson to extend the lead to 27-17.

The touchdown pass was Wilson’s 63rd touchdown pass that traveled at least 20 air yards, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The game wouldn't be complete without some defensive stops. Bradley McDougald came up with a clutch recovery and Tre Flowers intercepted the Vikings, which turned in a seven-point play. 

Rashaad Penny SZN wasn't over yet, though. The rook cooked the Viks defense when he sprinted into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. 

With the 37-30 victory, the Seahawks are now 10-2 on the year and the best in the (NFC) West. Seattle will next head to Los Angeles to take on the Rams, who are coming off a 34-7 stomping over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. 

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Minnesota Vikings, follow us on social for live updates

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Minnesota Vikings, follow us on social for live updates

There’s a battle brewing out West. 

The Seattle Seahawks (9-2) are hosting the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) for Monday Night Football and the importance of this game cannot be overstated.

With a victory over the Vikings in primetime, the Seahawks could take over the NFC West, as well as the No. 2 seed in NFC playoff positioning with less than a month of the season left.

If they fall to Minnesota, Seattle would remain second in the West and fall to No. 6—the last seed in the NFC. The stakes could not be higher. 

Our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann and digital producer Lindsey Wisniewski are in Seattle for the game, so make sure you follow along on social. Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

This is the second-straight year the Seahawks and Vikings are battling it out in prime-time. Last year’s meeting was won by Seattle 21-17, when a Wild Card berth was at stake.

The Seahawks are 25-10 all-time on Monday night and their .714 winning percentage on Mondays ranks first all-time in NFL history.

Seattle is 18-2 at home in primetime games since 2010.

With a win on Monday, the Seahawks would start the season 10-2 or better for the fourth time in franchise history.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Pete Carroll on hosting the Vikings:

“It’s been a very good week and very pointed. We feel like we’ve played these guys over the years enough where we have a good feel for them and understand what they’re trying to do. Because of that, we have great respect for their play. This is a really good team. There’s nothing that they don’t do well. They’re tough and physical and really well schooled in all their stuff. We got to play a really good ball game. It’s going to be a great matchup. I hope we’re up for it and play like we’re capable. We’ll see what happens at the end.”

GAME INFORMATION

Time: Monday, December 2 at 5:15 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, WA

TV: ESPN

What They’re Saying: The race in the NFC West and for MVP could come down to one game

What They’re Saying: The race in the NFC West and for MVP could come down to one game

The Seattle Seahawks are 9-2 (or better) for the first time in franchise history and undefeated on the road with a 6-0 record, the team's best start in franchise history.

Russell Wilson is a front-runner to win the league's coveted MVP award after becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with a winning record in each of his first eight seasons. 

Seattle's defense is gelling at the right time, after forcing a season-high five turnovers against the Eagles on Sunday--the most since October 8, 2017.

So, where does Seattle go from here? According to Wilson, they're only going to get better. 

"To be 9-2, and to be where we are, to be fighting for first place in our division and in the NFC, it’s a great place to be," Wilson said. "The great thing is that we’re playing great football. But the greater thing is that we can play even better. That’s the scary part for the NFL and a great thing for us. We’re ready to roll."

Here's a look at what NFL writers around the country are saying about the Seahawks following the Week 12 victory in Philadelphia. 

Peter King of NBC Sports said the MVP race is down to two: Russell Wilson of Seattle and Lamar Jackson of Baltimore.

Here’s what else he had to say about Wilson in his Football Morning in America Column.

“Wilson, with Seattle’s ninth win of the season on Sunday, became the first quarterback in NFL history to post a winning record in each of his first eight seasons. Think of no one ever doing that before…Crazy as it sounds, the race in the NFC West and for MVP could come down to one game: San Francisco at Seattle, Week 17.”

Bill Huber listed Wilson as one of three “bargain” NFL quarterbacks in this article for Forbes.

The Seahawks franchise quarterback signed a four-year, $140 million contract extension to make him the NFL’s highest paid player last summer.

“When you’re the highest-paid quarterback in the league based on average salary ($35.0 million), you better deliver. Wilson has delivered over and over and over again. The Seahawks are 9-2; eight of those wins have been decided by eight points or less. Wilson is second in passer rating (112.1) and first in touchdowns (24). By holding off the Eagles 17-9 on Sunday, Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to start his career with eight consecutive winning seasons.”

The Ringer’s Dantasy Football Podcast discussed Rashaad Penny SZN. Penny had 14 carries for a career-high 129 yards and the game-winning touchdown in Philly.

“He legitimately looked really good yesterday. And that’s encouraging from the point of view that otherwise he’s felt like a completely wasted first-round pick for the Seahawks…It was exciting to see him kind of finally have that really good, exciting, explosive performance.”

NBC Sports Northwest’s Joe Fann detailed why Quandre Diggs has single-handedly made Seahawks a legit contender since entering the lineup at free safety.

“There was a reason why the Seahawks were 6.5-point road underdogs to the 49ers in Week 10 – because the defense had shown nothing to suggest that a significant step forward was in the cards. The pass rush was non-existent and the secondary was leaky at best. If Seattle couldn’t beat good teams at home, why on earth would it be able to beat the undefeated 49ers on the road?

The last two games have been an entirely different story. Not only did the Seahawks win back-to-back road games against the 49ers and Eagles, but it was the defense that definitively put the team on its back. And the common denominator has been Quandre Diggs’ insertion into the lineup at free safety.”

Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN Seattle noted the emergence of Seattle’s pass-rush, despite Wilson having less-than-impressive games at 49ers and at Eagles.

"Wilson made plays against the Eagles in Week 12 – including a 33-yard touchdown to Malik Turner – but he also had an uncharacteristic miss to a wide open Jacob Hollister in the end zone and was intercepted for the third time this year. But unlike their game against the Ravens, the Seahawks didn’t stumble when Wilson struggled. In fact, they looked pretty good in spite of it.

The defense registered three sacks of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, bringing Seattle’s total across the past two games to eight sacks, a marked improvement from their production in weeks prior. The Seahawks had five takeaways (two interceptions and three fumble recoveries) and didn’t allow a touchdown through the better part of four quarters. And they did it all without Week 10 star Clowney, who was sidelined by a hip injury."

Social media reacts: Seahawks edge Eagles to improve to 6-0 on the road

Social media reacts: Seahawks edge Eagles to improve to 6-0 on the road

The Seattle Seahawks Week 12 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t pretty.

There were penalties galore, missed opportunities and trick plays. But after taking a one-score lead at halftime, the Seahawks finished what they started in Philly.

Thanks to a second-half touchdown from Rashaad Penny and a clutch fumble recovery from Quandre Diggs, the Seahawks were able to close out the Eagles with a 17-9 victory.

Here’s a look at how fans, media and players reacted to the Seahawks 9-2 start for the fourth time in franchise history:

In the first quarter, Russell Wilson connected with Malik Turner on a flea-flicker for 33 yards. What. A. Throw.

Bradley McDougald got hot in the second quarter, intercepting Carson Wentz for his second pick of the season and 10th of his career.

After halftime, rookie running back Rashaad Penny broke loose for a 58-yard touchdown. Fans in Lincoln Financial Stadium certainly got their penny’s worth.

Quandre Diggs robbed Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert in the third quarter. Shaquill Griffin forced a fumble and Diggs recovered. Eagles fans began heading to the exits.

Up next, the Seahawks (9-2) head back to CenturyLink Field to take on the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) for Monday Night Football.