Same birds, different songs

Published on January 28, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

Tampa, Fla. – Consider them contributors, but also along for the ride. Two former Seattle Seahawks are enjoying the Arizona Cardinals’ first appearance in the Super Bowl.

One said his time with the Seahawks helped him believe he could be a receiver in the NFL, while the other chose a hasty departure from Seattle.

Singing the praises of Seattle was Arizona wide receiver Jerheme Urban, who has developed into a key reserve and special teams player for the Cardinals.

Urban suffered through three mostly injury-plagued seasons in Seattle, finishing 2005 on the injured reserve list after several players protested when he was waived midseason after a foot injury. Urban was released the following summer.

He said Seattle’s move to keep him for the rest of the 2005 season showed there is still a sense of team, even in the NFL.

“Without Coach (Mike) Holmgren giving me a shot, I probably wouldn’t be here today,” Urban said. “I had a great receiver coach in Nolan Cromwell who taught me a ton of stuff. Matt Hasselbeck and Trent Dilfer took me under their wing my first couple years and really taught me what NFL quarterbacks are looking for in receivers and just really helped me mature, on the football field and off.”

Urban said that, coming to the NFL from Division III Trinity University, he had to learn the speed of the game while in Seattle, which helped him ultimately earn a job with the Cardinals.

In his sixth year in the league, and second with the Cardinals, Urban finished with a career-high 34 receptions for 448 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, including a 16-yard touchdown catch against his former team in the final game of the regular season. He’s become a steady player the Cardinals can depend on in a pinch.

“I think I give us a reliable, smart option in the slot for Kurt (Warner),” Urban said about his role with Arizona. “I’ve proven to the coaches that if need be, I can move outside if we had an injury. And then I’ve just been grateful for the chance to play special teams here.”

As grateful as Urban is for his opportunity, ex-Seahawk Chike Okeafor is another matter.

Okeafor came to the Seahawks as a free agent from NFC West Division rival San Francisco in 2003. He led Seattle in sacks the next two seasons, and his unconventional training, based on the study of martial arts techniques, along with his dabbling in alternative medicine, created a minor stir in the locker room.

Okeafor bolted the summer of 2005 to Arizona, accepting a five-year, $25 million deal with the Cardinals, including a $5 million bonus. He accepted the deal with the Cardinals, perennial cellar dwellers at the time, even though Seattle offered more money.

“They weren’t really talking about much respect,” Okeafor said about his time in Seattle. “So I signed for the minimum that I could so I could be on my way after I proved myself.”

Four years later, Okeafor finds himself playing for a Super Bowl ring. But Okeafor said he’s not holding any grudge toward Seattle.

“I’m not a, ‘I told you so,’ and ‘this and that’ (kind of guy),” Okeafor said about his departure from Seattle. “Those things seem to work themselves out. I just play the game like a kid at recess, for the love the game.”

At 32, Okeafor still can turn the corner and be effective rushing the passer.

He finished with 60 tackles and 4.5 sacks for Arizona during the regular season.

In his 10th NFL season, Okeafor said his focus on being efficient and staying healthy has helped prolong his career.

“It’s a long grind, mentally and physically,’ Okeafor said. “In the fourth quarter, that’s when you really break lose. That’s when the average guy gets tired. And that’s when the game is usually won.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

wilson-entourage

Russell Wilson isn’t “Black Enough,” Seahawks Players Allegedly Say

After Percy Harvin was traded to the Jets, the leaks began almost immediately. Harvin physically fought teammates. Harvin ...
hi-res-c36ccb423dec27409ba5c600d9a89b53_crop_exact

Seahawks say they are far from buried

Here’s something to help the morning coffee go down more smoothly: Sure, these aren’t the same Seahawks who blew ...
Oct 19, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball for a touchdown during the second half of a football game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 28-26.  Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson is first player in NFL history to have 300/100 game

Peyton Manning wasn't the only NFL quarterback who made history in Week 7, so did Russell Wilson.In the ...
505963447TW00040_Seattle_Se

Percy Harvin gave Golden Tate black eye before Super Bowl

The Seahawks stunned the NFL world on Friday night by trading Percy Harvin to the Jets, less than ...
o-MARSHAWN-LYNCH-facebook

Darrell Bevell: I must get Marshawn Lynch the ball

Darrell Bevell has heard you, Seattle Seahawks fans. The offensive coordinator heard the rampant consternation and deep-throated queries wondering ...
goywh.AuSt.5

Seahawks trade WR Percy Harvin to Jets for draft choice

Well, that’s the end of that problem of getting Percy Harvin the ball down field more, or too ...
131230bennett6vgdfgdgdfg60

Less dancing, more tackling from Seahawks, please

As the Dallas Cowboys were giving them a beating last Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks defense provided a CenturyLink ...
17YsDE.AuSt.5

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “Whenever we’re running the ball, we’re fine”

Marshawn Lynch sprinted down the right sideline untouched, into and out of the end zone. But he wasn’t carrying ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com
 

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz