Mack Strong Retires

Felled by a herniated disc.

How much do you want to bet he hoists the 12th man flag on Sunday?

Editor's Note: I thought Holmgren may have abandoned the run because Strong went down. Strong was still, a bit depressingly, Seattle's best receiver out of the backfield and lead blocker on rushing plays. Though well past his prime, Holmgren clearly had more confidence in Strong blocking than he does Weaver. I can't help but think this might be a pretty big blow for Seattle's already foundering rushing attack.

I'm crazy jacked for time, but after thinking about this a few minutes I realized that Strong should not be treated so pragmatically, like a part in a faceless machine.

Mack Strong joined the Hawks in 1994 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. He brought toughness, discipline, selflessness and the coolest name in football to Seattle sports. He also brought more than a few DBs to their knees. Whether leading Warren, Waters, Green or Alexander, Strong played like a free floating guard, busting holes and asking no thanks and nary a mention. Strong is part of a dying breed: a starting fullback; a man, that gave his career and ultimately his health for the glory of others. Anyone who has ever called themselves a Seahawks fan will miss you Mad Mack, thanks for the service, as a football player no man's dedication was ever stronger.