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(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer Questions like this make Earl Thomas uncomfortable. The confidence he shows on the field takes a backseat when Seattle's star free safety is asked if he is the reason the Seahawks work defensively - even more so than their brash cornerbacks, more so than their talented linebackers or pass rushers. It's natural when he tries to deflect praise as much as possible. ''I don't want to say it's all about me as far as I don't ever want to come across like that, especially to my teammates,'' Thomas said. ''I think it's a collective effort but I play a big role just me being back there.'' On a team where Marshawn Lynch is the beast, Russell Wilson is a media darling and Richard Sherman seemingly can't stop receiving attention, the most important player in the Seahawks starting lineup could arguably be their free safety. Last season the Seahawks were the best scoring defense in the NFL. When their offense sputtered...
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