Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/20/13
SWAG We here the word swag thrown around a lot these days.  By definition it can either mean ornamental flowers or money taken by a thief.  Based on the later definition Aaron Curry and Brian Bosworth would have to be at the top of the list. However, I don’t think that is what is meant today when people say “swag.” Like many words the kids today use, it means something completely different.  Who makes these definition up? I do not know but what I do know is that a ratchet is something I use to work on my car, not a person’s behavior. Now that we have established that I am an old fuddy-duddy, what is swag? Obviously it is the acronym S.W.A.G. S – Seahawks W – Winning A – Association G – General Though the team has a ton of S.W.A.G. there are 5 players who stand above all others in my eyes. Russell Wilson The 5-star general of the Seattle Seahawks on and off the field, all Russell Wilson does is win and he make everyone around him better. Seattle could not ask for a better young man and role model.  He exudes excellence. All week Russell spends honing his craft trying to become the best quarterback he can be.  That kind of dedication rubs off and builds the respect of his teammates and coaches. Of course everyone needs some time off.  While 49ers quarterback Colin Keapernick spends his time taking “selfies” in the mirror while kissing his biceps, Russell Wilson spends his Tuesdays at the Seattle Children’s Hospital hugging children, signing autograph and taking photos. I spent the better part of a year in the Shriner’s Children Hospital when I was 12 years old.  One of my favorite days was when Washington State Cougar head coach Mike Price and some members of the team came in and visited with us. It may be hard to believe but Wilson has a ton of SWAG. For just a moment it allows all the children to forget what ails them.  You cannot put a price tag on that. Richard Sherman “I’m better at life than you” He’s definitely better at trash talking than anyone who has ever played for the Seahawks.  After his playing career I think Richard and Gary Payton should collaborate to become the new “Siskel and Ebert.” Could you imagine those two bantering back and forth while critiquing anything? Even paint drying would be must see TV. On the field Richard backs up everything he says off the field.  The Seahawks have never had a super-star cornerback before; They have one now. Kam Chancellor Kam “Kam Bam” Chancellor puts the BOOM in “Legion of Boom.”  The rest of the Seahawks secondary doesn’t shy away from contact but no one hits like Kam does. Many players have woken up on a Monday morning wishing they had never played against the Seahawks strong safety. Marshawn Lynch Speaking of bruising opponents, Marshawn Lynch is about as physical as it gets as a running back. Marshawn’s style he is at his best late in games after he has tenderized a defense.  By the 4th quarter no one on defense wants to tackle Lynch using body contact so you end up seeing a lot of attempted arm tackles. Lynch is a sheer bruiser (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP) That doesn’t work tackling a hard running back who even walks angry. Breno Giacomini Say what you want about Breno Giacomini – he may get more than his fair share of penalties — but his attitude is exactly what the Tom Cable wants in an offensive lineman. While the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tom Cable was investigated by the NFL for breaking an assistant coach’s jaw during training camp.  Although Cable was never reprimanded by the league and there were never any criminal charges file in the incident, it is clear that Tom has an aggressive nature about him. Breno carries that on the field.  Two weeks in a row his attitude has forced the opponent to retaliate and pickup a stupid penalty. As for Giacomini’s penalties, I will take them time and again because he sets a ton for the whole group.  Once upon a time Jim Mora Jr. wanted “dirt bags” on the offensive line.  Breno Giacomini is the prototype of the player Mora was referring to. There you have it.  These are my Seahawks Winning Association Generals. If you have an issue with it, take it up with Breno. . . In the words of IMDABES ”Swag swag swag swag swag” Go Seahawks! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION!
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