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Diaper duty: Tobeck has played sick before

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 14, 2006 at 11:53 am with 15 Comments »
November 14, 2006 11:53 am

Tobeck Robbie.jpgDEPENDS2.jpgRobbie Tobeck has played through all sorts of injuries this season and in years past. He had elbow surgery during training camp. He sprained a knee against Oakland. There probably isn’t a body part that hasn’t been injured during the 88-game starting streak that ended against the Rams on Sunday. Playing through pain is one thing. Playing when you’re too-weak-to-make-a-fist sick is another. They gave him IVs on Sunday morning in a last-ditch effort to get him ready, but there’s not much a guy can do if he’s having trouble getting out of bed.


Which reminds me of a hilarious story about the time Tobeck played against the Redskins after having been sick all week. Steve Raible told the story in the book I helped him write a few years ago. I’ve pasted a few passages below.


Robbie Tobeck was sicker than a dog. Make that sicker than a horse. The Seahawks’ affable center developed some sort of infection, possibly from the horses his family raises, and the ailment was threatening to keep him out of the lineup.

This was seven weeks into the 2001 season and the Seahawks, at 3-3, needed a victory at Washington to creep above .500. Robbie didn’t practice that week, but he gutted it out come Sunday. Unfortunately for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Robbie suffered a major-league accident as he fired out of his stance on the first offensive series.

One of the very next plays called for the shotgun formation, but crowd noise at FedEx Field forced Hasselbeck to cozy up under center. Matt knew something was wrong, but he couldn’t quite put his nose on it. He gained a more complete understanding when one of the trainers offered some advice.

"Hey, I’d stop licking your hands if I’m you."

The trainer came over a little later with a slick, clear disinfectant. Rubbed it all over Matt’s hands. Before long, Matt was losing a fumble and tossing two interceptions – all in the first half. One pass slipped from Darrell Jackson’s grasp, right to a defender.

Coach Mike Holmgren lost his temper at halftime, Matt lost his job for the second half and Seattle lost the game, 27-14.

Thankfully, the equipment guys didn’t lose their sense of humor. Upon returning to FedEx Field in 2003, they rigged Tobeck’s locker with Depends Undergarments on the Saturday before the game. Robbie wore them, too, leading to a hilarious scene as Holmgren passed through.

Exactly what a head coach needs to see: one of his team captains parading around the locker room in an adult diaper.


NOTE 1: Tobeck played 16 games in nine of the previous 11 seasons. He missed 12 games in 2000 after suffering a ruptured patella tendon. He missed one game with Atlanta in 1999. Not counting 2000, he has started 166 of a possible 169 regular-season games dating to the 1995 season. Wednesday should be fun in the locker room. I’m thinking Matt Hasselbeck might have a few cracks about Tobeck missing the game with a tummy ache.


NOTE 2: The assumption is that Tobeck is not suffering from some sort of serious ailment and that he’ll be back on his feet this week. Holmgren described his symptoms as flu-like and did not seem particularly concerned. We would not make light of his condition if we had reason to believe this was a serious ailment.

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  1. SnakeDoctor says:

    “behind” the scenes. Now that is a funny story. I can see how that could throw your game off.

  2. I almost crapped my pants reading that.

  3. spunjdog says:

    when was tobeck captain?

  4. I don’t have a list of year-by-year captains handy. He has been a captain more often than not, if memory serves.

  5. RhewChuryll says:

    ROFL.

    One of the very next plays called for the shotgun formation, but crowd noise at FedEx Field forced Hasselbeck to cozy up under center. Matt knew something was wrong, but he couldn’t quite put his nose on it. He gained a more complete understanding when one of the trainers offered some advice.
    "Hey, I’d stop licking your hands if I’m you."

    Um…now I’m not hungry for lunch for some reason.

  6. dilbert65 says:

    “Fired out of his stance.” Holy crap!

  7. Leroyhill says:

    That is so funny. The story really captured the humor in words.

  8. simonsureal says:

    Man, I cant believe I haven’t read this book. I went to Barnes and Noble last year and they didn’t have it. Sando, you know where I could get a copy?

  9. I bought the book at Amazon.com. Loved it!

  10. simonsureal says:

    I see. No credit card, tho. I might go back to Barnes and Noble and see if they got it in. Maybe Borders.

  11. dcrockett17 says:

    dude, that’s one where if i’m hass i just gotta burn the TO and say to the coach, “you gotta take him out.”

    no ifs, ands, or butts about it. ;-)

  12. Tobeck seemed like a guy they might possibly keep around after he retires as a coach prospect–does he (or do they) show any interest or promise there?

  13. simonsureal says:

    That’d be nice having him around after next year. He’s a big part of the chemistry it seams. And Crockett, lineman relieving themselves during the game is a lot more common then you’d think. Funny story, I was having dinner at Howard Mudd’s house — former guard of the 9ers and O-line coach of the Hawks — and he got into talking about that exact subject. Said if you’ve got to go, and it’s game time, then you go. Also said, even if it was halftime, re-taping and all that wasn’t worth it if you only at to pee.

  14. WiscCory says:

    If that happened this year, Hass would likely use that shotgun option that’s at his disposal.

    Mike, Have you given thought to writing more books? There will likely be an opportunity to write a more nationally accepted publication once Homlgren retires. I suppose your Kaz question several weeks ago ruined that opportunity. :(

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