Seattle Seahawks players honored departing head coach Mike Holmgren with an award usually reserved for players.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck presented Holmgren with the Steve Largent award after practice.
Holmgren is the first non-player to be presented with the award since its inception in 1989. The players vote on the award each year, presented to the player that best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks.
“It was very special,” Holmgren said. “I’ve admired him (Largent) forever and ever, and it really is a player’s award. It really is. But these guys never cease to amaze me sometimes.”
Bobby Engram won the award last year, and Mack Strong won it three straight years before that.
Hasselbeck said the team wanted to surprise Holmgren with the honor.
“It just kind of got circulated as a good idea,” Hasselbeck said. “Someone brought it up, and I think most of the players were pretty excited to do it. I think he’s earned our respect, that’s obvious.”
Holmgren also awarded game balls after practice, with Seneca Wallace receiving one on offense, Marcus Trufant on defense, and Olindo Mare for special teams.
Former Buffalo Bill receiver and special teams player Steve Tasker showed up at practice and addressed Seattle’s special teams players. Tasker will work the TV broadcast for CBS, and is a good friend of Seahawks special teams coach Bruce DeHaven, who coached special teams for years in Buffalo.
As far as the injury report, Jordan Babineaux (concussion), Leroy Hill (neck), Matt Hasselbeck (back) and Sean Locklear (toe) did not practice.
Holmgren said as expected, Hill and Locklear likely will not play on Sunday, and Hasselbeck will serve as the team’s third quarterback.
Babineaux should be ready to go. D.D. Lewis (shin) was limited in practice today. Lewis, who would start in place of Hill, will have X-Rays this afternoon. If he can’t go, Will Herring would get his first start of the season.
Holmgren talked about playing in the cold, with a new storm expected to dump more snow on Sunday.
“We’re aware of it,” he said. “We’ve played games in bad weather before. It really boils down to trying to eliminate the elements, do the right thing, play hard.”
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu talks about Holmgren’s departure and playing in the snow here.