Friday, January 16, 2015


I'm a sucker for the underdog, which makes me a natural Heath Farwell fan.  He was an undrafted free agent when he first made the Vikings in 2005 as a reserve linebacker.  He would eventually establish himself as one of the premier special teams players in the NFL.  Following the magical 2009 season, Farwell was selected as the NFC's special teams specialist in the Pro Bowl.

Prior to the 2011 season, Farwell was let go for salary cap purposes.  He eventually signed with Seattle and quickly established himself as the Seahawks special teams captain.  His career reached its pinnacle last February when he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy with his teammates.

During the 2014 preseason, Farwell suffered a season-ending, career-threatening groin injury.  Rather than release him with an injury settlement (an NFL custom for players of his age and talent level), the Seahawks admirably elected to keep him on-board this season as an unofficial coaching apprentice.  That says something about the Seahawks organization, but it also says a heckuva lot about Heath Farwell.

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