Today is the day where almost everyone in America celebrates an ancient feast by watching football and gorging themselves until they lapse into a tryptophan induced coma, only to wake up later for pie and more football. So today, once you’ve reached that point where you’re so stuffed it hurts to move, please take a moment and remember that there is a lot to be thankful for as a Seahawks fan.
Here’s my top 10 reasons for Seahawks fans to be thankful on this Thanksgiving:
10. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor – It’s been since 2007 since the Seahawks have had a corner who could single handedly shut down one of the league’s top receivers. Making it even more remarkable is that Sherman wasn’t even supposed to be playing at this point. His development is clearly well ahead of schedule. Add to that the fact that the Seahawks have the best duo of safeties in the league, and that they’re both in just their second year. These three kids will only get better over the next few seasons.
9. Beast Mode – Marshawn Lynch might not have been able break out his beast mode persona very often this year, but when he does it’s still a thing of beauty.
8. Pete Carroll - For all of his questionable game day choices and clock management problems, Carroll is still the right person for the job in Seattle right now. He’s the perfect leader to help this young team grow and develop into a contender.
7. The Wide Receivers – I’m not sure that the Seahawks have ever had a WR group as talented as they have right now. The Seahawks have 6 receivers on their current roster who could be starting on some teams.
6. Tarvaris Jackson – Yes, I did just say Tarvaris Jackson. Most QBs would be on IR with the pectoral injury he’s been trying to play through. Even though the injury is hurting his performance, he still gives the Seahawks their best chance to win each week.
5. Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch – This trio of defensive lineman anchor one of the best run defenses in the league.
4. Paul Allen - In a league that seems to be full of transient chaos, the Seahawks owner provides a definite degree of stability to the franchise. It should also be remembered that it was Allen who saved the Seahawks when previous onwer Ken Behring tried to move the team to LA.
3. John Schneider – His ability to find gems in the late rounds and after the draft have greatly sped up the rebuilding process. He has shown to be an outstanding evaluator of talent.
2. The Rest of the 12th Man – You are apart of the best fan base in all of sports. Enjoy it.
1. Your Family and Friends – In the end, the Seahawks are just a small part of each of our lives. We must all remember to be thankful for the wonder people in our lives. I am especially thankful for my wife and our son.
*** As the editor here at 12th Man Rising, I am extremely thankful for the staff writers who help me generate a continuous flow of new articles for everyone to read. Thank you Joe, Nate, Jeff, Diane, and Jake. You all do a great job.
So why are you thankful this year? Did I miss anything?