Seahawks LB KJ Wright Named Male Seattle Sports Star Of The Year –

Reflecting on all he’s accomplished in his career—one that includes Pro-Bowl honors in 2016 and several other Pro-Bowl-caliber seasons that weren’t recognized by voters; being the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Nominee in 2018; recording 934 tackles, the third most in team history behind Wagner and Eugene Robinson; helping anchor one of the best defenses in NFL history on the way to a Super Bowl title—Wright admitted it has all been more than he could have envisioned.

“It’s amazing,” Wright said. “I’ve accomplished way, way more than I thought I ever could. When I first came here, I just wanted to play football, but you start playing football, and all these different opportunities start opening up for you, so it’s just been amazing. I’ve done everything I could for this city, and I plan to continue to post-football. I just want to be great in the community, help people and be around football.”

With free agency looming, Wright isn’t sure what his future holds—both he and Carroll have made it clear they’d love to see Wright continue his career in Seattle, but as always in free agency, there are financial decisions to be made by both the team and the player—so while no one knows for sure what’s next, Wright does know that this past decade in Seattle has been all he could have hoped for and more.

“It’s meant everything,” he said. “I believe I put together a Ring-of-Honor resume with my play, how I’ve helped in the community, helped bring the team a Super Bowl. The legacy is pretty cool. I’m thankful for every play that I’ve played, and I definitely want to come back and finish it and get a ring. We’ll have to wait and see.”

The Seahawks were also up for the Seattle Sports Story of the year for a 2020 season that saw them win the NFC West while being the only team in the NFL to go the entire season without a case of COVID-19 among players or coaches, but that award instead went to the the Seattle Storm, who won their second championship in the last three years after sweeping the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA Finals.

Other awards handed out were Female Sports Star of the Year, which went to Seattle University guard McKenzi Williams; the Paul G. Allen Humanitarian Award, which was won by 20-year NBA veteran and Rainier Beach High School alum Jamal Crawford; the Royal Brougham Sports Legend award, which went to former Mariners manager Lou Piniella; the Keith Jackson Media excellence award, which was awarded to longtime Seattle Times photographer Dean Rutz; the Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Youth Award, which went lacrosse player Matthew Esselsrom; and the Equity and Inclusion in Sports Award, which went to All Girls Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP).

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