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Michael Robinson- An Inspiring Leader

Michael Robinson is a true leader for the Seattle Seahawks and plays with passion and energy every time he steps onto the football field. He has come a long way throughout his football career, and going to the Super Bowl is something that has made him teary eyed and for good reason. After the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, Robinson showed his excitement with tears streaming down his face. It is something truly inspiring to see Robinson accomplish so much.mikerob[1]

Michael Robinson actually played quarterback at Penn State. He got drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL draft and they decided to switch Robinson to running back in his rookie year. He was successful in the position change rushing for 116 yards in his first season. Midway through the 2008 season the 49ers switched Robinson to full back and once again he took the change of position in stride.

Robinson was released by San Francisco at the end of the 2010 preseason. He was signed a couple days later, by his current team the Seattle Seahawks. Robinson has had a huge impact on the Seahawks. He has provided a young team with excellent leadership, and one way you see this leadership in action is his inspiring pre game talks. Fans can see the respect that Robinson has in the locker room and his humor by viewing his show on YouTube called the “Real Rob Report.”

Michael Robinson
Before the 2013 season, Robinson was released by the Seahawks during the final cuts. The reason being, Robinson’s liver and kidneys nearly failed and he had to spend numerous days in the hospital. He lost 30 pounds, dropping from 245 pounds all the way down to 212 pounds. Thankfully Robinson became fully healthy about a month and a half after being cut and the Seahawks were fortunate to be able to sign him again. Seattle Seahawks fans were very excited to have him back and he stepped in right away without missing a beat. He has been a dependable blocker and a big contributor to yet another successful season by Marshawn Lynch.

The Super Bowl is coming up and it’s a huge game for the Seattle Seahawks organization. The Hawks are a young team, but we can count on Michael Robinson to provide inspiring leadership that will lead the Seahawks to success. Robinson has come a long way, especially this season, and winning the Super Bowl would be a dream come true.

Go Hawks!!!

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O’Brien Schofield- An Unsung Hero

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl! That sounds so good. It has been a complete team effort the whole entire season and it has been great to see the Seahawks players make it so far. One particular player that I want you to take note of is outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield.

Schofield has played a big part in the Seattle Seahawks season. O’Brien went to school at the University of Wisconsin and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL draft. Schofield became a starter for the Cardinals in the 2012 season. But, to the Seahawks surprise he was released by the Arizona Cardinals on July 25, 2013. The Seahawks knew the talent that Schofield had and didn’t waste any time; they claimed him off waivers on July 27, 2013.

In preseason he impressed many with his athleticism when rushing the quarterback. A point of emphasis for the Seahawks in the offseason was improving the defensive line. More specifically, the Seahawks needed a better pass rush. Schofield was exactly what the Seattle Seahawks were looking for.

In the regular season, Schofield started 2 games and has had 1 very nice sack against Cam Newton. But, his real impact has come on special teams. Having someone as athletic and skilled as Schofield is important to have on the special teams unit, and is a reason why the Seattle Seahawks are such a complete team.

Schofield is also one of the more positive people I have heard on the team. On Seahawks.com they have a program called “All Access” where you can hear the players before and during the game. Schofield is a regular on the show, talking before the game, showing that he has the positive energy and passion that Pete Carroll wants.

In my opinion he could start on any other team, but this season the Seahawks have been fortunate to have someone like O’Brien to provide the excellent depth. Unfortunately, with the amazing talent on this Seahawks team, Schofield was inactive against the 49ers. As we inch closer to the Super Bowl, Seahawks fans can count on Schofield working his butt off in order to make it on the field. And, if that isn’t meant to be, we can still count on him to be on the sideline giving his team energy by his positive attitude and his passion for the game. I wish O’Brien Schofield the best, and I hope that he continues to play in a Seattle Seahawks uniform for many years to come. Go Hawks!

A Closer Look Into Bobby Wagner’s Success

Bobby Wagner is a huge part of the Seahawks success on defense. He has been a consistent player for the Hawks and plays with energy and confidence. Watch out for him, as he leads the Seahawks defense one step closer to the final prize.

Wagner played his college ball at Utah State, which was his only offer coming out of high-school. He went on to be very successful at Utah State and was named the WAC defensive player of the year as a senior in 2011. The Seahawks made a great decision, when they drafted Wagner in the 2nd round in the 2012 NFL draft. At the NFL combine Wagner ran a 4.4 40 yard dash and had an impressive 39.5 vertical jump. He is very athletic and can run sideline to sideline, making plays on speedy running backs and athletic quarterbacks.

In his rookie season, Wagner led the Seahawks in tackles with 140. He was also only 2nd to Luke Kuechly, in voting for the NFL defensive rookie of the year. To step in and start every game as a rookie is remarkable, and to do the job at a high level every game exceeded anyone’s expectations.

This season Wagner led the Seahawks again with total tackles. Bobby Wagner also missed two games with a high ankle sprain, but made a fast recovery from the injury. In fact Wagner has started every game in his career, except for the two games missed from the high ankle sprain. Once Wagner came back from the injury, he didn’t miss a beat and has continued to be a dominate force on defense.

The game on Saturday against the Saints was one where Bobby Wagner played his very best. He had 9 total tackles, and made many crucial plays in stopping the Saints running and screen game. Last time the Seahawks played the 49ers, Wagner made a shoe string tackle, to stop a touchdown bound Colin Kapernick. These are the kind of plays that Seahawks fans have become used to seeing from Bobby Wagner.

Expect many more big time tackles from Wagner in the years to come. He will continue to improve and has already become a dominate linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. With the biggest game of his life, coming up on Sunday, Seahawks fans can be assured that Wagner will be ready to go. He hasn’t backed down from a challenge since being the starting middle linebacker as a rookie. To win a Super Bowl in only his second year would be a dream come true. But, Wagner knows he has to have a big game on Sunday, in order to achieve that dream. The 12th Man will be in full force, cheering Bobby Wagner and the rest of the Seahawks to victory against the 49ers. Go Hawks!!!

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Will the Real Luke Willson Please Stand Up

If you haven’t heard of Luke Willson, then you better start paying attention. No, I am not talking about the actor, the one that’s the brother of Owen Wilson. I am referring to the backup tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, who was the fifth round draft pick in 2013 and has exceeded expectations during his rookie year.

All Canadian Seahawks fans should know about the real Luke Willson. Willson grew up in LaSalle, Ontario and was a natural athlete as he played many different sports. He played high-level ice hockey, but decided to quit when he got offers for football. Willson also played for the junior national Canadian baseball team and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. And, of course, Willson played football at Rice University.

At Rice, Willson was overshadowed by San Francisco’s 2013 second round draft pick tight end, Vance Mcdonald. But, the Seahawks saw something in Willson that they really liked and made a great decision by drafting him. In fact, this year Luke Willson’s numbers are superior compared to Mcdonald’s. Willson has 20 receptions for 272 yards and 1 TD. Mcdonald, on the other hand, has only 8 receptions for 119 yards and 0 TD. This is a true testament to the hard work that Luke Willson has put in and it is most definitely paying off.

Anthony McCoy, who was this season’s projected number 2 tight end for the Seahawks, went down with a torn Achilles tendon before the season had started. Willson, all of a sudden, had to step up and learn the playbook quickly while still playing at full speed. He did just that, and Seahawks fans have been pleasantly surprised by the production that Willson has put up. He has made many excellent catches and has blocked very well. His first touchdown came in a huge game against San Francisco. On that play, Luke Willson used his top notch athleticism to beat pro bowl linebacker Patrick Willis and caught a nicely thrown ball by Russell Wilson, and didn’t stop running until he reached the end zone.

After that game fans got to see a bit more air time on Luke Willson. He responded well to all the attention and stayed humble throughout the process. He dressed for success in interviews and he stayed positive, even after the disappointing loss to the 49ers. Willson also has been actively involved in the community, recently volunteering at Tent City 4, which is a homeless encampment. Luke Willson is a great role model for young fans and continues to put smiles on their faces through his play, both on and off the field.

Pete Carroll has been impressed with the production of Willson. “To play so early and contribute in such a variety of ways, and he’s really just getting started. He’s a tremendous prospect for us for the years to come.” Carroll is obviously excited to watch Luke Willson as he continues to improve throughout the years in a Seattle Seahawks uniform.

Watch as Willson plans on quickly coming back from his high ankle sprain that he suffered in the last game of the season. Luke Willson tweeted this on January 1, “I’m all about the Canadian quick healing blood.” Seattle fans can count on Willson being a difference maker as the Seahawks continue to compete for the final prize. So, will the real Luke Willson please stand up, and put all of your fingers on each hand up. And, catch another touchdown pass, from your quarterback, Russell Wilson. Touchdown Seahawks! Wilson passes to a wide open Willson! A last name worth mentioning twice, in one sentence.

Go Hawks!!!

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NFL Wild Card Predictions

It’s the eve of the NFL Playoffs, so here are some predictions to get you ready for the big games.

CHIEFS AT COLTS (Sat., 1:35 p.m. PT, NBC)
The Chiefs lost to the Colts 23 to 7 in week 16. But, this game will be different. It’s tough to beat the same team twice in a season. Jamaal Charles is sure to have a monster game and the Chiefs defense is going to step up. Andrew Luck is going to miss having Reggie Wayne in this big playoff game. The Colts run game is going to struggle and the Chiefs will put the pressure on Luck early and often.
Chiefs 24 Colts21
GAME MVP: Jamaal Charles

SAINTS AT EAGLES (Sat., 5:10 p.m. PT, NBC)
This should be a fun game to watch. Two high powered offenses will be going at each other all game. The Saints have struggled on the road this year and this game will be no exception. The Eagles are hot and have had great success with Nick Foles as their quarterback. LeSean McCoy won the rushing title and will continue to run with success. This will be a high scoring game, but the Eagles will pull this one off.
Eagles 33 Saints 24
GAME MVP: LeSean McCoy

CHARGERS AT BENGALS (Sun., 10:05 a.m. PT, CBS)
The Chargers barely squeezed into the playoffs, but they won the games that mattered. They have a fiery quarterback in Philip Rivers who knows how to win and a star rookie wide receiver in Keenan Allen who continues to make plays. The Bengals have played very well this season, but Andy Dalton has been inconsistent. Philip Rivers will make more big plays than Andy Dalton and that will be the difference in this game.
Chargers 21 Bengals 10
GAME MVP: Philip Rivers

49ERS AT PACKERS (Sun., 1:40 p.m. PT, FOX)
This is the most anticipated game this weekend. The 49ers are travelling to chilly Lambeau Field. The cold weather gives the Packers an advantage. The Packers also have their franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing and he’s ready to go. Green Bay lost to the Niners last year in the playoffs. In fact, they got embarrassed. And this year they lost to the 49ers in the regular season. The Packers won’t let the 49ers beat them up again and Green Bay’s defense will step up for this game and make enough plays to slow down Kaepernick.
Packers 28 49ers 24
GAME MVP: Aaron Rodgers

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