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Milloy hosts football camp in hometown; free agent could play elsewhere next season

Post by Eric Williams on June 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm with 7 Comments »
June 29, 2011 10:55 pm
Lawyer Milloy of the Seattle Seahawks talks to players at his football camp at PLU, while teammate Deon Butler looks on. (Janet Jensen/TNT)

Time passes, but Pacific Avenue remains the same for Lawyer Milloy.

The Tacoma native and Lincoln High graduate caught a glimpse of the busy thoroughfare he used to spend time on while driving on it Wednesday on the way to his football camp at Pacific Lutheran University.

”I went downtown to eat at the Matador, and instead of getting on I-5, I said, ‘Let me drive through the old ‘hood,’” Milloy said. “And that’s what it’s all about ¬ to come back to where it all started out for me. Those streets are very familiar. A lot of times I lived on those streets. So I know and can relate to what some of these young kids are going through.

”I think it’s up to us while we’re on that platform to use it in a positive way. And what better time than right now, while we have all this extra time (because of the NFL player lockout).”

Partnering with Sports International Football Camps, Milloy hosted his first camp in Parkland this week, with Seahawks teammates Deon Butler and Marshawn Lynch chipping in to make appearances in order to teach kids the ins and outs of the game.

But Milloy didn’t just pop in to show his face and talk for five minutes. He spent quality time working with kids in individual drills.

“I don’t want to be a guy that sits on the sidelines,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about. These parents want their kids to get something, and they want them to get it from me. That’s why my name’s on it. And so I think it’s important for me to get out there and have fun with the kids. And it comes natural when you’re having fun.”

PLU football coach Scott Westering, who offered his campus to host the event, says players like Milloy help bring the message home for young players.

The Seattle Seahawks receiver Deon Butler makes the catch during football camp at Pacific Lutheran University, in Parkland. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

”There’s a better-than-average chance a lot of these kids will not experience major college football, much less professional football,” Westering said. “And so it’s important for them to hear whether it’s Lawyer, Marshawn Lynch or Deon Butler ¬ talk about life bigger than football, and to encourage these kids to obviously give football it’s due,
and love the game and give it your best shot, but then ultimately make sure you’re growing in other areas of your life.”

Butler, who suffered a gruesome broken right leg against San Francisco on Dec. 12, appears to have healed six months later, moving well while running routes against some of the campers.

Although Butler, one of the fastest players for the Seahawks, admitted he’d have trouble beating Milloy in a race right now.

Lynch talked to kids about the importance of teamwork. His example? Lynch told campers that on his spectacular, 67-yard touchdown run that iced Seattle’s 41-36 win over New Orleans in the NFC Wild Card game, he was so tired that he had to lean over to fullback Michael Robinson for a reminder of which hole in the line the play was designed to go through.

Lawyer Milloy, a University of Washington product, gives the Cougars a thumbs down. (Janet Jensen/TNT)

Milloy channeled his inner child during the afternoon portion of the camp, with the former University of Washington star giving a kid the business for wearing a Washington State University decal on his helmet.

“I had to remember that he’s like 10 years old,” said Milloy, chuckling. “It’s a healthy rivalry between the University of Washington and the other school. And you’re starting to see a lot more of their stuff popping up on some of these kids.

“I’d rather see our kids wearing some kind of university on their shirt that gives them motivation. But ultimately I’m a Dawg – Dawg for life. And my university is better than his ¬ even if he’s 10 year old.”

At 37 years old, Milloy believes there¹s still gas left in the tank, and does not rule out returning for a 16th season in the National FootballLeague. Milloy played for the veterans’ minimum salary the past two seasons in Seattle.

After playing special teams and a reserve role for the first time in his career, Milloy was given an opportunity by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to earn a starting job in 2010 along with becoming a team leader. Milloy flourished.

He did not have an interception, but the strong safety started all 16 games, finished second on the team with 88 tackles and third on the team with four sacks.

Lawyer Milloy demonstates a running back drill on Wednesday at PLU. (Janet Jensen/TNT)

Milloy also became the 11th player in league history to total 20 sacks and 20 interceptions in his career ¬ He has 21 sacks and 25 interceptions. However, with the Seahawks drafting safeties in back-to-back years ¬ Kam Chancellor in the fifth round in 2010 and Mark LeGree in the fifth round this year, Milloy is keeping his options open.

“I had a chance to get back on the field last year, and I had outstanding numbers,” Milloy said. “You can put my numbers up to really anybody out there besides interceptions.

“I did the dirty work and I did my job. I definitely outworked my pay while making people around me better, and that’s what I do.

“I’m a free agent, just like anybody else. I’m available to all teams. That’s the only thing. When I go out, I want to go out fighting for a job. Just like last year when I talked to Pete (Carroll); I don’t want anything handed to me. I want to go out and earn it. And as long as I feel that I can do that and keep my body in shape (I’ll keep playing).”

So it doesn’t have to be in Seattle?

“Yeah, I’m a free agent,” he said. “As a business person, you never say you love one situation over another when you’re trying to get a job. I want to win a championship, that’s always first and foremost. Being at home is a bonus. I’m open to whoever thinks they can have an older guy that can make plays, make people around them better and that can lead a team ¬ that’s the best situation for me and that’s where I’ll be.”

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  1. Soggybuc says:

    Dammit Eric whats with all this Blog posting BS you’ve been your pulling these days??
    All your doing is interfering with our long drawn out circular nitpicking arguments! completely unacceptable!

    Always been a big fan of Lawyer. the definition of class act. even after he just jaw jacked you from completion to fumble.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    NIce piece, Eric. Here’s the “problem” with Milloy, as I see it. I’t would be great to have him back is Seattle to continue working with Chancellor and some of the rookies and other young players. He’s a great leader and knows Carroll’s defense as well as anyone in the building. But, he’s not going to accept being in a situation where that’s his primary role, I wouldn’t think. He wants to play. But here, they need to play Chancellor, Legree perhaps Browner, even if that means they take their lumps back there. If he’s around and with Carroll’s compete mantra, Milloy would likely earn the starting SS out of camp and that retards the learning curve for some of those players. With an eye 2-3 years down the road, him not coming back may be the better thing even if they suffer a bit in the immediate.

  3. Duke,

    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve always loved Milloy, but like you said, he is such a competitor that he’s not just going to sit there and mentor. He also has definitely lost a step and got burned a lot last year. That happens and I understand all too well. I’m now 40, still in the military, and have had to admit that I just can’t do some things like I used to at the same level.

    We need to clear the way for those young guys you mentioned and see what they’ve got. I’m not saying one of those guys will be the next Ronnie Lott, but if I’m not mistaken, SF started a couple of rookies in their secondary that year. I can’t wait to see how they do and how all that youth, speed, height, & hard hitting adds to our game. I’d still love to pick up Nnamdi, but am
    looking forward to seeing Browner and Thurmond after his full recovery as well.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I had a chance to get back on the field last year, and I had outstanding numbers,” Milloy said. “You can put my numbers up to really anybody out there besides interceptions.

    “I did the dirty work and I did my job. I definitely outworked my pay while making people around me better, and that’s what I do.”

    Sure Milloy, You can put your numbers up to anybody out there last year. And of course you definitely outworked your pay while making people around you better.
    Problem is that the people you made better were the ones you tried to cover! And here I thought it was just Greg Olsen making a great play. It never dawned on me until now that it was just you making the people around you look better.
    And those are words comming out of a veteran team leaders mouth? Where’s the humility?appreciation? Or at least the truth?

  5. Palerydr says:

    Looking forward to seeing some young guys fly around in the secondary. I would be happy to see them bring in Milloy as an assistant secondary coach if he doesn’t find a job that he likes. I’ve been an advocate of bringing in Jonathen Joeseph since before the draft and I’m still in that camp but I read where he is leaning toward staying in Cincy(Gasp!) and according to what I can put together from the pending CBA news Cincy will actually have to spend some serious cash so he will probably get a pretty good offer to stay. I’d also like to grab Asomoughe but he looks like the kind of person that Daniel Snyder will go after with ridiculous money. The Cowboys also would spend big bucks but they are in a bad situation with roughly 10 mil to spend and they need to resign Doug Free desperately. I’m also ecstatic to hear the rule of 8 is going away which couldn’t be better news for us as we are positioned to spend. here’s my FA wish list:

    Resign Hasselbeck, and Mebane

    CB Jonathen Joeseph

    DE Cullen Jenkins/Charles Johnson ->Panthers are close to same boat as Cincy and will need to spend so won’t come cheap

    LG Davin Joeseph Bucs ->same as us good shape in cap with money to spend so another tough sign.
    Harvey Dahl-> Back up plan for Joesph

    WR Malcom Floyd Big fast deep threat to stretch the field and got to cut costs somewhere so sorry all you guys who want Rice

    FB Vonta Leach/Le Ron Mclain need a road grader for a power run game

    Would also sign as free agent rookies
    DT Martin Parker/Cedric Thornton
    DE Brandon Bair
    DT/FB Matangi Tonga 6′ 3″ 290 4.7 40 and has soft hands out of the backfield with ability to play both sides of the line.
    WR Terrance Toliver/Jeff Maehl
    C Kristofer Odowd
    OL Willie Smith/Zach Hurd /Justin Boren/David Mims

  6. Palerydr says:

    oops forgot QB Pat Devlin

  7. chuck_easton says:

    If the rumored spending floor is correct Seattle will have to spend between 37-39 million just to be within the range. That sounds great.

    Except when you look at the fact the Bengals will have to spend 60+ million in actual salary just to get to the floor and the Bucs are going to have to spend 70+ million to reach the floor.

    Now if I’m a GM for those two teams first thing I do is take care of every one of my own players but that leaves a HUGE load of cash that is going to have to go into FA.

    This could be a year where all the best FA’s go to 2 or so teams just because that team not only has the ability but also has a requirement to spend.

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