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.