My fandom has evolved as I have aged. I mention that because, in hindsight, what I am about to say will seem blasphemous.
I wasn’t a huge fan of K.J. Wright when Seattle selected him in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. I actually liked another linebacker; one that was already on our roster; one that we had selected in the first round two years earlier.
Yeah ... I know.
Like I said, my fandom has evolved.
This isn’t a story about that though. And it’s not a story about how much I grew to love, respect, and admire K.J. Wright as he flat-out took control of a starting position for the Seahawks and held it for a decade.
This also isn’t a story about whether or not K.J. Wright will return to the Seahawks this season (my heart says, “yes”; my head says, “no”; and every other part of me hopes that JPG loses the friendly wager that he agreed to with betaparticle yesterday).
No, today’s story is about 2 things.
The first thing, the most important thing, is this:
Happy birthday, K.J. Wright!
The 12s love you and appreciate everything that you have done for the team and for the community. Whatever happens, you will always be our brother and our friend!
The other thing today’s story is about is giving you, the 12s, a chance to share your favorite K.J. Wright stories and memories. Go wild!
My favorite K.J. Wright story:
Many draft experts expected K.J. Wright to be taken earlier than he was. But when the 3rd round ended and he hadn’t been selected, K.J. knew he had a potential problem on his hands. You see, his college graduation was the next day and something told him that he was going to get the call he’d been dreaming about ... Smack. Dab. In the middle of it.
And, of course, he did.
“As soon as I got off the phone, two minutes later I had to go up there and walk across the stage,”
“My mind was going everywhere. I had to whisper, because I really couldn’t talk to them in line, I couldn’t say everything I wanted to,”
Imagine what that moment was like; the surrealness of it all: the event, the stage, the phone call ... one chapter ending and another one starting in near-perfect unison.