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A statue for Walter Jones

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm with 21 Comments »
August 30, 2011 10:03 pm
Former Seahawks Walter Jones poses next to a statue in his likeness at Sea-Tac Airport. (Corky Trewin/Seattle Seahawks)

Now you can see former Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones whenever you want.

You just have to make a trip to Sea-Tac Airport.

Tuesday afternoon the Seahawks held an unveiling for a new, 8-foot bronze statue of the legendary Seattle offensive tackle. The statue sits out front of the team’s new restaurant at the North terminal of the airport, called the Seattle Seahawks 12 Club – named after Seahawks 12th Man.

The new restaurant is a joint venture between the Seahawks and HMSHost, a dining and shopping company for travel venues.

Jones’ likeness stands in full pads, ready to block an oncoming pass rusher.

“It’s cool,” Jones said after the unveiling, sharing the moment with his children, paternal twins Walterius and Waleria “You go around to a lot of the airports and you see a lot of athletes being honored in the airports. So for me to be honored in Seattle is a great feeling.”

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  1. Soggybuc says:

    Awesome! I’ll be flying in at the end of October and will have to make a pilgramage.

  2. freedom_X says:

    Having statues of the players is one of the cool things in Pittsburgh’s airport. I’ll be checking out this on my next trip to Sea-Tac.

  3. freedom_X says:

    On the one hand, a person might ask why Steve Largent isn’t the guy with the statue. He’s the only “true” Hall of Famer (vs. the others who only played a small portion of their career in Seattle.) And he held many major records at the time of his retirement.

    Of course, Walter Jones should make the Hall of Fame, and he did have 4 All-Pro appearances (not sure Largent ever was 1st team All-Pro.)

    But I think it’s more the generational gap – Largent never maintained close ties to Seattle after he retired, so from a business standpoint, Jones would probably be a more popular choice.

  4. OutSydeDog says:

    I just hope it’s outside security, otherwise you have to buy a ticket to somewhere to see it.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Largent was 1st team All-Pro in ’85. And I’d agree that Largent deserves a statue as well, but I think you’re right about it being a generational situation. I would think that most fans of the team now were either too young to really remember Largent or never saw him play and Walter is still fresh on people’s minds.

    Very cool in any case.

  6. 8-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro defensive tackle
    Cortez Kennedy should be included in this picture or near bouts.
    Wonder who would win the battle, Jones vs Kennedy

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, Tez gets a statue.

  8. “Walterius and Waleria”??? Is that a joke?

  9. GriffinNW says:

    Flying out to Cali in a week, definitely gotta stop by and get a pic.

  10. rramstad says:

    The North satellite is only accessible after passing through security, so you can’t just head out there to check out the statue.

    No, it’s not a joke, his children are in fact named Walterius and Walteria.

  11. chuck_easton says:

    I sometimes wonder about famous people and what they name their kids.

    Just like George Forman naming all 6 of his sons George.

    I can understand naming your first child Walter Jr. to keep the family name but I feel for his daughter. You just know she is going to go through life with some nickname like cookie or something so people don’t have to call her Walteria.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Walteria sounds like the name of a carpet factory outlet.

  13. Walter + Cafeteria = Walteria

    Walter + Sirius (satellite radio) = Walterius

  14. bird_spit says:

    Walter is living proof that it pays to blow off the expectations of a system, and do it your own way. Walter regularly missed OTAs, and the start of camp with some contract issues. So it does not shock me that he named his kids Walteria or Walterius.

  15. afishburne says:

    Let’s insert that statue into the starting lineup on opening day.

  16. Didn’t the Erickson regime draft Walter? Only good thing that came out of that era.

  17. Sarcasticus says:

    He looks good. The ‘Hawks should sign him. As far as the statue, the ‘Hawks already have a few of them on the o-line.

  18. Dear Walt,

    I miss you so damn much! I wish I could clone you and Hutch to your 21st birthdays, sign you to 12 year contracts, and watch you together for over a decade.

    Your Fan

  19. I never heard of “paternal twins.” Does that mean they have a father? (Ie. not artifically inseminated?!)

  20. wabubba67 says:

    I really don’t think that Walteria has to worry too much about the neighborhood kids making fun of her, do you?

  21. Sadly, the statue of Walter Jones is still more mobile than John Carpenter…

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