No one man makes an entire team. However, when one of the team’s and the NFL’s best players mulls retirement, a domino effect occurs on the team that this epic player plays for. Especially after the Seahawks lost another one of its icons to retirement in Marshawn Lynch (of course we all know he is out of retirement and is now playing for his hometown in Oakland).
Earl Thomas (whom I call Cousin Earl, but no real relation), since being picked number 14 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, helped recreate a defense that at the time ranked 30th overall in pass defense and continues to amaze us with his ball hawking ability.
He has lived up to the hype that Mike Mayock said shortly after the Seahawks chose him in the 2010 NFL Draft that he was the most instinctive safety in the draft, a playmaker on defense and will be a day 1 starter. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Eagles, who also needed a safety traded up to the 13th pick with Denver to move ahead of the Seahawks picked DE Brandon Graham (who by the way is holding out, currently, wanting a better contract.
Speaking of Denver, the Broncos traded their 2010 1st round draft pick to the Seahawks as a package deal to move into the 2009 1st round. So, thank you Denver, on behalf of the writing community in Seattle for helping us get a player that would be one of the most impactful players in franchise history.
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