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Morning links: Walter Jones revisited

Post by Eric Williams on April 29, 2010 at 7:42 am with 30 Comments »
April 29, 2010 7:42 am

In anticipation of Walter Jones impending retirement this week, our own Dave Boling looks back on his impressive, 13-year career in Seattle through the eyes of two people who know him well – former teammate Robbie Tobeck and Randy Mueller, who served as the team’s general manager when Seattle drafted Jones sixth overall in 1997.


This region never had a superstar who managed to go so unexamined, who kept such a low profile. That’s who Walter Jones is and always will be; singular and unique, a man unto himself.

Former Hawks general manager Randy Mueller recalled when the team brought him to its headquarters for an interview the week before the 1997 draft.

“He was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans and he didn’t say ‘Boo’ the whole time he was here,” Mueller said. “He was hard to get a read on, but you knew he was uncomplicated and pure.”
Uncomplicated and pure … not modifiers generally applied to superstar athletes.

“And he never changed,” Mueller said. “He just kept working, kept his mouth shut, and kept getting better and better. In 25 years, I’ve never been around anybody like him. We’re all very fortunate to have had time with him.”

CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell discusses the evolution of sports marketing, highlighting Microsoft search engine Bing’s relationship with the Seahawks, including using the mic flag and team practice jerseys as advertising space.

Chris Sprow of ESPN argues that Charlie Whitehurst could be a better quarterback than Sam Bradford, showing evidence that quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers who wait their turn to play are generally better quarterbacks.

West Bunting of the National Football Post lists Seahawks fourth round draft pick cornerback Walter Thurmond as a late-round pick with upside.

Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated has Seattle selecting Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, with Jake Locker dropping all the way to No. 10. If Seattle has the No. 1 overall pick next year there’s no way they will pass on Locker.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has Seattle selecting defensive tackle Adrian Clayborn of Iowa at No. 14 overall.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore interview new Seahawks receiver Golden Tate.

Walter Thurmond talks with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler in this audio link.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, don’t think I didn’t catch your little jab. Well played, sir.

    Mueller’s comments are as complimentary as anything one can say about another professional. Big Walt set an amazing example for those to follow.

  2. Walter Jones was a men amongst boys in the NFL. He was a true once in a franchise pick, who knows if the Hawks will ever get another player of his calliber. I’m so glad that he played for the Hawks all these years, made a lot of players (Alexander etc.) look really, really good, and was a key cog in getting the Hawks to their first Super Bowl. Congratulations Walt, and thanks for all that you have done.

  3. I’ve been holding out hope that there was some way he’d grace us with one more season, but, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. I’m not sure I could ever respect a player a much as I do Big Walt.

  4. With respect to that silly mock draft: How did the Rams get better than us all of a sudden? I mean, they are starting a rookie QB and didn’t dramatically improve their talent level and now their best defensive player is about to leave after June 1. Stupidity at its finest.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK – The Rams are skyrocketing up the power rankings, how can you not see that?. Speaking of which, now that the draft is over we should be graced by those idiotic lists any day now.

  6. zombiehooliganfc says:

    It isn’t likely that the NFC West, even as bad as it is, can produce a #1 and a #3 pick in the draft. It isn’t likely that the Rams gain 3 or 4 games on the Hawks. And it isn’t likely that the Hawks, with their schedule, will have the worst record in football. Once again, Sports Illustrated is a shining example of why people flock to the Internet for information. If you’re going to get insanity and BS, you may as well get it for free.

  7. zombiehooliganfc says:

    Ugh. And the Fox one is even more unrealistic. WR’s going #1 & #2? Didn’t the Rams essentially pass on Suh and McCoy because taking anyone other than a QB at 1 is insane (unless the CBA changes everything). And really, the days of taking WR’s that soon are pretty much over, let alone going back-to-back. Why do I waste my time on this goofy stuff?

  8. footballscaa says:

    Walt Jones is and was the greatest lineman the Hawks have ever had. However, I saw the words, hold out in an earlier post. It reminded me of when Mr Jones would throw his annual hold outs during the mini-camps -no show – then through training camp, and sometimes into the season. It is nice he kept himself in shape during those hold outs for more money but, who knows what could have been had he actually attended those camps. So, overall, the respect I have for Mr Jones is a bit tainted, but it’s also good to see a player know when hang em’ up.

  9. Duke,

    What was the jab? I read it three times and couldn’t figure out what you were talking about lol..

  10. How do I become a SI writer, thats got to be the easiest job ever. I don’t think I have ever seen anything as ridiculous as that except maybe on FOX news. Someone just throwing stuff out there with not even the littlest of effort. WOW, crazy what people get paid for.

  11. Yeah Snydro…Duke…I read it again too. What jab are you talking about?

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Snydro – That Fox Sports link to a 2011 mock draft, just one week removed from the 2010 actual draft. He posted a mock draft many months ago and commented how he knew when he posted it, I would be irritated. He may not have meant this link in that way, but I can’t say for sure he didn’t. Lol. (Please make them go away)

  13. If there is any money at all in running a mock draft site, maybe we should all start one. We can’t do any worse than what’s out there.

  14. Like Walter, the Tez kept a pretty low profile. And while he wasn’t as dominant as Walter, he deserves to be in the HOF.

  15. “And he never changed,” Mueller said. “He just kept working, kept his mouth shut, and kept getting better and better. In 25 years, I’ve never been around anybody like him. We’re all very fortunate to have had time with him.”

    Dear God, Please give Russell Okung some of what Walter Jones had.

  16. JMSeaTown says:

    Walter will go into the Hall as one of the best OTs to ever play the game… and yeah, we’re on a 1st name basis

  17. chuck_easton says:


    Quick poll, is Okung the rebound LT that we are all going to hate simply because he isn’t Big Walt or have the past 1 1/2 years of watching a parade of bodies (Locklear included) put enough distance between the two that we will just accept Okung for who and what he is?

    I’m willing to accept. Nobody will ever be Big Walt and I don’t think Okung needs to try to fill those shoes and deserves to be out from under the shadow of the legend.

  18. It’s too bad we couldn’t be Walt back in the house for one more season, so Okung could watch him in action. Though, I guess you could argue it’s a good thing, because it could be discouraging to see the best of all time in action, and we’ve had a couple of years of football without Walt, so Okung is fixing a huge problem and not actually taking over for a legend.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Okung needs to be himself. It’s never easy to replace someone of Walt’s stature but all he can do is be the first Russell Okung. I think he’ll be fine. Like Stevo said, there has been sometime and awful play between Walt’s last game there and now. I think that buffer helps the transition. Not to mention there has been an entire staff that has come and gone in between.

  20. Chuck, I like your poll question.

    I think we’ve suffered long enough. I think we will be happy to cheer for Big Russ as long as he’s better than what we’ve seen lately.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Since we’re talking o line, I though I would pass this along from yesterday.

    And before, I meant *like Chuck said…*

  22. footballscaa…I am not happy he held out but I can’t help but wonder if maybe those hold outs were good for him. Perhaps they prolonged his career. There is close to a season plus worth of torture he didn’t take during those hold outs. What if we got one extra year out of Walt because of those hold outs? Although that can never be proven, it is something to think about.

  23. chuck_easton says:


    Technically those weren’t holdouts and Walter wasn’t doing it for more money.

    Those years he received the Franchise tag but he wasn’t under contract. He had no duty to report until the 10th game of the season and then sign the tender.

    Walter always signed the Tender the week between training camp and the first game of the season. He never missed an actual game.

  24. snydro81 says:

    Duke, you still never told us what you meant by “the dig.”

  25. piperfeltcher says:

    He did miss the 1st game one year

  26. Dukeshire says:

    Because of singling me out when posting a mock draft quite a while back, because he knows how stupid I think they are, I think in part, posting a link to a mock for next season’s draft is a little jab in my direction. Again, because they are idiotic, especially this far in advance.

  27. Personally, I expect Okung to be a decent player. I expect that he’s going to be a very good run blocking LT, but I don’t expect anything close to Walt in terms of pass protection. I think he’ll be fine but he’ll need some help with some stud pass rushers (like Curry would be if he were an opposing elephant – that’s my jab for the day) and things like that. I think the year-and-a-half year of follies from LT have helped us realize there is only 1 Walt and we will appreciate solid play from that position (even if it isn’t to Walt’s standards). I know I will.

  28. Mock drafts are a good starting point with good preliminary information for those of us too busy to “live” football and already know who the main players are. But it is absurd to do them before the college football season starts.
    What is really ironic is how everyone praised our drafting and key trades, yet project us to have the first pick because of the worst record in the league. Can’t they connect the dots?

  29. Tomorrow (4/30/10) has officially been declared “Walter Jones Day” by Governor Gregoire. Looks like he’ll announce it tomorrow. Thanks Walt!

  30. Dukeshire says:

    You know #71 will be retired tomorrow as well.

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