5 Fun Facts About Seahawks’ Sheldon Richardson

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What’s up 12’s? I can’t wait for this week one matchup against the Packers, especially now that our front seven just got a lot scarier! The Hawks have signed DT Sheldon Richardson from the NY Jets.

“Watching those guys on film get after it, I feel like I can fit right in.” – Sheldon Richardson #GoHawks

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In case you are unfamiliar with this defensive powerhouse, here are 5 Fun Facts about Sheldon Richardson:

1. Richardson attended Gateway Institute of Technology High School in St. Louis where he played on both sides of the ball recording six defensive TD’s and eight from the tight end position. He was named an All-American in high school and ranked as the #1 defensive tackle and #4 overall best player in the Nation according to Rivals.com. He also lettered in baseball, basketball AND track!

2. In 2012, his last season as a Missouri Tiger, Richardson recorded 75 total tackles–most out of all defensive tackles in the SEC. Very impressive!

3. The highly touted defensive force was the first defensive tackle off the board, drafted at #13 overall by the NY Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft.

4. In November of 2013, Richardson was named the NFL Rookie of the Month, becoming the first Jets player to do so since Mark Sanchez in 2009. He went on the win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award beating out fellow phenom, Kiko Alonso.

5. Richardson was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 after recording eight sacks and 67 total tackles with the NY Jets.

Pro Football Focus has ranked Richardson as having the fifth best run defense grade of any lineman. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to see how he impacts an already dangerous defensive line. Go Hawks!

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Photo Credits:

  • Richard Sherman on flickr by Keith Allison
  • Doug Baldwin on flickr by Keith Allison
  • Russell Wilson on flickr by Keith Allison
  • Bobby Wagner on flickr by Keith Allison
  • Sheldon Richardson on Wikimedia by J. Van Meter
  • Michael Bennett on Wikimedia by Jeffrey Beall
  • Cliff Avril on Wikimedia by Mike Morris
  • Frank Clark on Flickr by Mike Morris
  • Eddie Lacy on Wikimedia by Kyle Engman
  • Missouri Tigers Logo on wikimedia by University of Missour
  • NFL Draft on flickr on Zennie Abraham
  • Pro Bowl MVP Trophy logo on wikimedia commons by Cpl Jody Lee Smith

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