Is it over for Seahawks’ Leroy Hill? Not yet

Published on May 29, 2012 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

To watch the Seahawks’ herd of young bucks at linebacker is to suspect the evolution of a new predatory species, a hybrid that maximizes speed without sacrificing power.

And fitting in well with this group during offseason workouts is a lean and fast kid wearing Leroy Hill’s old jersey. This new No. 56 seems very polished, though.

As it turns out – somewhat against the odds and occasional skepticism – the guy in Hill’s jersey actually is Leroy Hill.

At 235 pounds, with scant 12-percent body fat, Hill resembles the 2005 rookie linebacker who surprised everyone with 71/2 sacks and led the Seahawks in tackles during their playoff run to the Super Bowl.

“I feel amazing,” Hill said after a recent practice. “A little more muscle and leaner … I committed to the offseason program and I’ve been going hard and feeling great. I feel … youthful.”

Hill will turn 30 in September. He’s had injuries that have sidetracked his career, and off-field issues that probably limited his marketability and earnings over the years.

But here he is, one of only two Seahawks remaining (along with cornerback Marcus Trufant) from the Super Bowl XL squad.

Hill looks as if he’s up to the challenge. He looks even better in fact than last season, when he started all 16 games and was fourth in tackles (89) and second in sacks (4.0).

“Hey, there’s no choice in this business,” he said. “Last season was a springboard season and I’ve been working hard to have another great season.”

The Seahawks drafted linebackers Bobby Wagner (Utah State) and Korey Toomer (Idaho) this year to complement one of last season’s best surprises, fourth-round pick K.J. Wright, who learned the strong-side position so well he made former first-round pick Aaron Curry expendable in trade.

“We’ve got a young team and the theme is to compete, and they’re ready to compete,” Hill said. “Bobby is playing (middle linebacker) and he’s picking it up and running with it, and we’re helping him out along the way.”

Hill pointed out that 10 of 11 starters return from a defense that finished No. 9 in league statistics. But the one starter lost was veteran middle linebacker David Hawthorne, and that absence thrusts Hill into a new role.

Through Hill’s early seasons, Lofa Tatupu had been the leader of the defense, and Hawthorne accepted that duty when he succeeded Tatupu in the middle. Now, Hill is linebacker emeritus.

“I’ve never really had to do that; I usually just came in and played my position since there was always a leader,” he said. “This year, the guys are looking up to me. I’ve never had to be that, but it’s important to me and I’m taking on that role.”

Hill signed a one-year contract in April, and even that short extension seemed unlikely in late February when he was arrested for marijuana possession in Georgia – the second time in his career he’s faced that charge.

But when a negative urinalysis came back, charges were almost immediately dropped. Still, the initial headlines added to a smudged public image.

“I went into last offseason with a lot of confidence and then there was that incident and that kind of shot me down a little bit,” he said. “But that doesn’t change my confidence on the field. It was unfortunate timing is what it was, but you move on.

“That stuff has clouded people’s perception of me, or whatever,” he said. “But I’m back on the field and I feel amazing and ready to play football.”

via Is it over for Seahawks’ Leroy Hill? Not yet | Seattle Seahawks – The News Tribune.

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

trufant (1)

Marcus Trufant to retire a Seahawk

Marcus Trufant will retire a Seahawk. On Wednesday, the Seahawks announced the former Seahawks cornerback had signed with the ...
140423wagner660

Seahawks schedule shows four primetime games, including Thanksgiving day feast with 49ers

The Seahawks are scheduled to play four primetime games in 2014, matching the primetime total from their Super ...
Russell-Wilson-divorce.final_

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson files for divorce from wife of two years

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has filed for divorce from his wife of over two years, the team announced ...
IMG_0826

A happy Beast Mode birthday to Marshawn Lynch

Tuesday is Marshawn Lynch’s 28th birthday, and his teammates are at a loss for just what to get ...
186158581_8

Report: Seahawks close to making Sherman top-paid CB

The Seattle Seahawks and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman are hopeful to reach a deal before next month’s NFL ...
pryor-throw2

Seahawks trade 7th Round pick to Raiders, land Pryor

The Seattle Seahawks front office has earned a reputation as an unpredictable lot. They furthered that Monday. The Seahawks traded ...
140421-harvin-600

Seahawks begin Phase One of offseason workout program

The Seahawks are one of 19 NFL teams to begin Phase One of the League's voluntary offseason workout program today, meaning several players ...
140418wilson600

Despite Super finish, there’s much more to come for Russell Wilson

Asked what he liked about the Seahawks’ 2013 season, Carl Smith smiled and offered the obvious. “I really liked ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

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