Found December 28, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Nfl-holds-2010-draft-new
Okung’s his own man It is nearly impossible for a player to follow a legend. That is exactly what Pete Carroll and John Schneider asked Russell Okung to do when they selected him with the 6th overall pick in 2010, their first draft. Chances are, if you’re still reading this, you know the legend that I am referring too, Walter Jones. In my opinion, #71 Walter Jones is several things: The BEST left tackle in Seahawks history The BEST offensive lineman in Seahawks history The BEST left tackle that has ever played the game The BEST Seahawks player of time One of the top 5 offensive lineman in NFL history A sure fire First Ballot Hall of Famer 9 time Pro Bowler 7 time All Pro Russell Okung is NOT Walter Jones, but he is: Russell Okung looking fly on draft day (Photo: Washington Post) Starting Left Tackle for your Seattle Seahawks The best current offensive lineman on the team A Starter in the 2012 Pro Bowl They are not without their similarities: Both players were drafted by the Seahawks Both were chosen with the 6th overall pick Both stand 6’5″ tall Both had injury hampered rookie seasons Both started every game they played in Both went through a rebuilding of a team, including a jersey style change Both were selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their third season But here’s the reason I love Russell Okung I feel like I have had to defend Russell Okung against fans calling him a “bust” since his rookie year. I hope that being selected as the NFC’s starting left tackle in the 2012 Pro Bowl, only his third year in the league, helps him step out of Walter’s shadow a little bit. Russell Okung is not Walter Jones, no one could be. However, what Russell can be, and is, is an outstanding young left tackle who the Seahawks and the 12th man are lucky to have. We all know Jones is a big Seahawks fan these days, I’m sure even the legend himself is a fan of Okung’s. Just because you recognize how good Russell Okung is doesn’t mean you are forgetting Big Walt, it just means you’re moving forward. I was there when Walter Jone’s number 71 was hung up in the rafters, I cried while he was giving his speech, I screamed “We Love You Walt” as he walked into the tunnel. I will be in Canton Ohio when Walt gives his speech, again I will be crying. Walt was everything we could have dreamed of, and more, nevertheless it is Russell Okung’s turn. Let’s enjoy his career, and watch him build his legacy. Who know’s, maybe we will be crying when the number 76 finally hangs from the rafters too. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Seattle Seahawks act valiantly during bar shooting.

Several Seattle Seahawks players hit their local club scene after beating the brakes off their division rivals the San Francisco 49ers. Every so often in bars and clubs all over the world a party disintegrates into felony. When things went south at Seattle’s Munchbar on Sunday, a witness has come forward to state the players in attendance did the right thing.  Please Click...

Richard Sherman wins appeal of PED suspension

Richard Sherman has won his appeal of a four-game PED suspension. Sherman, originally suspended for Adderall, cited flaws with the collection of his specimen. Sherman said that his urine was contaminated because the cup used to collect it was leaking. The collector then used a second cup. Teammate Brandon Browner also tested positive for Adderall and will serve the final game of...

Explosive Seattle Seahawks Grab No. 1 Spot In Quality Stats Power Rankings

The Seattle Seahawks have been bubbling beneath the statistical surface all year long, waiting to explode. They've erupted like a long-dormant Mt. Rainier in recent days and grab the No. 1 spot in our Quality Stats Power Rankings entering Week 17.

Seahawks shafted for 2013 Pro Bowl roster spots

 East Coast Bias The Pro Bowl rosters are out—and flawed. Even though the Seattle Seahawks are indisputably the NFL’s hottest team, and just torched the “best defense” in the league for 42 points, we have the same number of pro bowlers as…..the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s right. The football world thinks we have the same amount of elite players as a team with more pro...

NFL Rumors: Richard Sherman Says He Won His Appeal Against NFL

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has said that he has won his appeal against the NFL for a four game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. Sherman tweeted the following just after noon on Thursday. “Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord. I won.” News first broke of...

Richard Sherman Appears To Have Won His Appeal For Positive Adderall Test

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman tweeted on Thursday that he has won his appeal for the four-game suspension that was handed down by the NFL for a failed test that showed traces of Adderall. Sherman made the case that his urine specimen was contaminated because it was leaking from the container and the NFL must have felt that this was an adequate argument to drop his suspension...

Richard Sherman Wins Appeal

Christmas week just keeps getting better for the Seattle Seahawks. Today, cornerback Richard Sherman announced he’d won his appeal of a four-game suspension related to performance enhancing drugs that would have kept him out of Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, and, more importantly, the entire NFC playoffs. The league hadn’t yet announced the results before Sherman...

Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman wins his suspension appeal.

The loud mouth playmaker will play for the Seahawks into the playoffs.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman Wins PED Appeal Against NFL

After spending yesterday passive aggressively complaining on Twitter about being snubbed from the Pro Bowl, Richard Sherman finally has something to hang his hat on. He has officially won his appeal against the NFL’s claim of his use of performance enhancing drugs. Does anyone else think it’s strange he refers to Roger Goodell as “lord”? Not to be pessimists, but we were...

Seahawks couldn't be happier with Russell Okung

Seattle Seahawks OT Russell Okung has certainly come into his own this season, earning him a starting spot for the NFC in this year's Pro Bowl. "This is a chance to see him grow and develop through the whole thing," offensive coordinator Tom Cable told Danny O'Neil on the Seattle Times. "Then to stay healthy, you have to do that. His progression has been...

The Seahawks Now Have Two Victories Thanks To Bad Calls

While the scab refs’ Fail Mary ruling in Week 3 will be better remembered, it won’t end up being the only bad call that helped the Seahawks to a win in 2012. The Chicago Tribune learned that the NFL admitted to the Bears after their 23-17 overtime loss to Seattle in Week 13 that game officials had erred by not calling two offensive pass interference penalties committed by Seahawks...

What I’m watching for Sunday in the Rams vs. Seahawks matchup

Uno Mas in the Traffic Jam that is the NFC West Playoff Picture Last Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks gave their fan base an early Christmas gift with the complete dismemberment of the San Francisco 49ers. The 42-13 annihilation was—once again—a complete effort from each side of the ball. Russell Wilson again shined, adding four scores for the second week in a row. The defense...
NFL Forum Discussions
Can't wait SPLASH MESSAGE! 2 days!
4 replies, 2 days ago
1st win 2013!
2 replies, 2 days ago
Thank you kinmosa and watamote!
4 replies, 2 days ago
Rodgers out 3-6 weeks?
4 replies, 2 days ago
Thank you Vikes!
4 replies, 2 days ago
Thank you 5 years!!!!!
2 replies, 2 days ago
Home Sweet Home!
2 replies, 2 days ago
NFL on NHK next week
2 replies, 2 days ago
Pro Bowl draft
2 replies, 2 days ago
We are NFC EAST Champion!!!!!!!!!!
2 replies, 2 days ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.