To the surprise of no one, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his Wagnerian performance against the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday.
Wagner did whatever he damn pleased vs. San Francisco. He recorded a dozen tackles, forced a fumble (and recovered it) off of Jeff Wilson Jr, broke up two passes, notched his first sack of the season, and then capped his brilliant day off with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown. Not only was it the first pick-six of his career, it’s now the Seahawks franchise record for longest pick-six in team history.
While Seattle romped the Niners 43-16, it has to be noted that both of Wagner’s takeaway were deep into the red zone, with the fumble occurring at 13-0 Seahawks in the 2nd quarter, and the other one at a less critical juncture of the game at 37-16 with under four minutes remaining. If not for #54, the score could’ve been a lot closer than it needed to be.
Amazingly, this is the first time Wagner has ever won a Defensive Player of the Week award. Then again, he’s only ever received a single Defensive Player of the Year vote (last season). With the Legion of Boom gone, Wagner is the undeniable focal point of the Seahawks defense, and maybe we’ll see him get more national respect than he’s received over his splendid career.