Every now and then you meet some people in life and at the time you don’t quite know the reason, relevance, or purpose. Things just happen. It is also at somewhat mindless inceptions of relationships that you meet some of the most influential, most loved, most caring, most appreciated people that you will ever come across. My rookie year as I sat at a table during the day before we played the Miami Dolphins, I scrolled across a tweet from Hannah Vanucie with the hashtag “SeahawksMeetRachel”. Intrigued by it, myself, along with some more of my teammates began to explore the legitimacy of this young lady fighting cancer whose goal was to one day meet the Seahawks. After some research, we had to make it happen. The next week, I walked right into Pete’s office and told him about her and with no hesitation he said “let’s roll out the red carpet for her”.
With the help of her good friend Hannah, I manipulated my way down South to surprise her at her house and invite her to practice, meet my teammates, and see the facility. She also was my guest to the 49er game which was pretty dag on cool. Considering it was a life long dream, it was one gratifying moment to see it all come together with the help and cooperation of my teammates and the Seattle Seahawks organization. Everybody enjoyed her company; just check out the tweets.
There were many times between now and then that Rachel and I kept in touch and would just check up on each other and send some words of encouragement just to make sure that we were still fighting the good fight in our respective world’s and I must say, it’s hard to complain about my life when talking to someone fighting a deadly disease – BUT I did my best.
I’m glad that it worked out the way it did because I was able to be a servant. I was able to be a fan. I was able to sit back and do the yelling, screaming, laughing, and crying for someone… So if I could have told you the last time I saw you just a few weeks ago I would have said this:
I’ve played in front of millions and met the President but Rach, girlfriend, you have got it going on. Quietly you scream courage. Humbly you conquered demons. Willingly you loved so many more than yourself when all the world wanted to do was love you and for that, I am a fan. A fan of someone who smiled in the worst circumstances, and laughed in excruciating pain to let the world know you were ok. I’m glad that your fight is over. I’m selfishly sad that you were called home, but overly joyed that you can smile truthfully. God makes no mistakes. He didn’t make a mistake when he made you, and didn’t make a mistake letting you touch every single life that you did. Now you’ll never miss a game, moment, or special day. You’ll be my number one fan wherever this world takes me, with the best seat in the house and I’ll be yours forever wearing the bracelets you’ve sent me. Rest easy for all the nights your couldn’t down here.. We will talk again.. I’ll be sure to stay in touch with the family.. Tell my Dad I said hey and let him know I’m ok.. As I always said call me if you need me, I’ll do my best to answer..
From somewhere deep down in my heart…
Services members from all branches partnered up with the Seattle Seahawks to hold a NFL Draft Day Party. The event gave the opportunity for local community members and Seahawks players to show appreciation for service members.
The event was held at McChord Field in Washington and as part of the event Army Sgt. 1st Class Madeline Diaz was able to announce the 130th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft for Seattle in front of the entire world.
Greg Scruggs, DL, Seahawks, was on hand to MC and host the first part of the event for the crowd. Getting the chance to show his appreciation to service members and their families, Scruggs jumped at the opportunity to help out.
There’s so much value in an event like this, because sometimes we can lose sight of who’s protecting us,” said Scruggs. “These are the people that allow me to go play football on Sunday. We, as an organization, are grateful to the military for all their sacrifices and to all the committed souls that help us. When we get to bring them to the football games, or visit the VA hospitals or give back to the men and women of the military, we jump at the opportunity.”
Listen to what Scruggs had to say about the event:
Greg Scruggs JBLM Draft Day Party 1 on 1 (Audio)
The National Football League announced the 2015 season schedule for all teams including the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday evening. The Seahawks will have three Sunday Night Football games, one Monday Night Football games and a road Thursday Night Football game. Seattle will open the regular season at the St. Louis Rams on September 13th.
2015 Seattle Seahawks Regular Season Schedule
1 Sun, Sep 13 @ St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX
2 Sun, Sep 20 @ Green Bay 8:30 PM NBC
3 Sun, Sep 27 vs Chicago 4:25 PM CBS
4 Mon, Oct 5 vs Detroit 8:30 PM ESPN
5 Sun, Oct 11 @ Cincinnati 1:00 PM FOX
6 Sun, Oct 18 vs Carolina 4:05 PM FOX
7 Thu, Oct 22 @ San Francisco 8:25 PM CBS/NFL
8 Sun, Nov 1 @ Dallas 4:25 PM FOX
9 BYE WEEK
10 Sun, Nov 15 vs Arizona 8:30 PM NBC
11 Sun, Nov 22 vs San Francisco 4:25 PM FOX
12 Sun, Nov 29 vs Pittsburgh 4:25 PM CBS
13 Sun, Dec 6 @ Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
14 Sun, Dec 13 @ Baltimore 8:30 PM NBC
15 Sun, Dec 20 vs Cleveland 4:05 PM FOX
16 Sun, Dec 27 vs St. Louis 4:25 PM FOX
17 Sun, Jan 3 @ Arizona 4:25 PM FOXRead More
Restricted free agent, Greg Scruggs, DE, Seahawks, has signed a new one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.
Scruggs was originally drafted in the seventh-round (232nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent 2013 on injured reserve and played in three games last season before landing on injured reserve for the season. In three seasons, he has played in 15 games with eight tackles (six solo) and 2.0 sacks.
For more on Scruggs and the moves made by the Seattle Seahawks, click here.Read More
Local Cincinnati got to enjoy a day of a lifetime as they got the opportunity for a special, one-day football camp. The participants belonged to an organization called Boys Hope Girls Hope, a foundation that gives kids a wide range of opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t get.
Greg Scruggs, DE, Seahawks, who is from the Cincinnati area, teamed up with Connor Barwin, LB, Eagles and Kroger and Proctor & Gamble to give back to the community.
“Boys Hope Girls Hope was tremendous for me,” said Scruggs. “My mother trusted them and my ability and she gave me to them and let them help me, grow me and nurture me and provided resources that are immeasurable. They gave me relationship with people that you can’t put a price on and it’s things like that I’m grateful.”
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There was a time when Greg Scruggs didn’t want anything to do with football.
“Drumming was my thing,” the Seahawks defensive end told Seahawks.com during his rookie year of his days in the marching band at Cincinnati’s St. Xavier high school. “I had been doing it since I was 10 years old, and I was good at it. I was more popular than the football players because of my drumming.”
But what Scruggs did want was a scholarship to college. He realized his size and athleticism could get him there, so he played football his senior year at St. Xavier and earned a scholarship to play at Louisville. From there, he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seahawks.
“Once I started playing football – I can’t get away from this stuff,” Scruggs said. “I’m having too much fun.”
Scruggs’ musical background makes him our choice to lead off this week’s “Pregame Playlist” ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII rematch with the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field.
Below, check out what songs get Scruggs – and several of his teammates -going on gameday.
(Warning: Tracks May Contain Explicit Lyrics)
Seahawks vs Denver Broncos: Pregame Playlist
1. Greg Scruggs: My Love (Oliver Nelson Remix) – Route 94, Jess Glynne
2. Greg Scruggs: Black Widow – Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora
3. Doug Baldwin: 0 To 100 – Drake
Kevin Pierre-Louis admitted he goes with the flow on gameday, grooving to whatever’s already playing in the Seahawks locker room. But the rookie linebacker did say Kendrick Lamar was a constant in his rotation, so we included a couple of Lamar’s more-popular hits that have been mentioned in our previous playlists.
4. Kevin Pierre-Louis: Money Trees – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock
5. Kevin Pierre-Louis: Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar, Drake
Defensive end Cliff Avril said “nothing’s changed” this week when it comes to what song gets him going on gameday, alluding to Rick Ross’ Hold Me Back – the track that often booms between quarters and during timeouts at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. But before the on-field action starts, Avril said he likes to “keep it chill,” dialing up Spotify’s R&B station and “letting that ride.” After Ross’ Hold Me Back, we let it ride in Avril’s honor with the next three “Pregame Playlist” tracks coming straight off shuffle on Spotify R&B radio.
6. Cliff Avril: Hold Me Back – Rick Ross
7. Cliff Avril: Homecoming – Kanye West
8. Cliff Avril: Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa
9. Cliff Avril: Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
And as promised each week, we’ll feature “Bonus Tracks” from a member of the Seahawks front office. This week’s premiums come from Seahawks Communications Manager Rich Gonzales, who likes to make his gameday drive from Kirkland to CenturyLink Field with these West Coast rappers:
10. Rich Gonzales: 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted – 2Pac, Snoop Dogg
11. Rich Gonzales: Tell Me When To Go – E-40, feat. Keak Da Sneak
12. Rich Gonzales: Blow The Whistle – Too $hort
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Seahawks defensive lineman Greg Scruggs is one of the most upbeat and inspirational guys you’ll ever meet. But he admits being sidelined during all of last year’s Super Bowl-winning season with a knee injury wasn’t easy.
“I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed every bit,” he says.
It was awkward at times for Scruggs, a seventh-round pick out of Louisville. He was at Seahawks headquarters every day along with his teammates, but couldn’t practice and spent much of his time rehabbing from a torn ACL.
“Big Red (Bryant) would always tell me ‘young fellah you’re a part of this, we did this’ so they included me.”
But Scruggs says he often kept his distance because he knew they had a job to do.
“I understood that because their focus was football, not Greg Scruggs.”
It was a lost year, but it wasn’t wasted. Scruggs worked tirelessly in the weight room. When he couldn’t work out, he says he focused on the mental side of the game.
“I used that opportunity to learn, to watch the game and let the game slow down for me. To see how the older guys communicated, see how they took care of their bodies during a 24-game season, if you count the pre and postseason,” he says.
Still, there were times that tried his seemingly endless optimism. He says a key was separating his emotions from his actions.
“I did have my days, but I took it with a grain of salt. I let it blow away with the wind and then I moved forward because no matter how much I might have been angry that day, it wasn’t going to make my knee heal any faster,” he says.
Scruggs has plenty of people pulling for him, and for good reason. He’s been a favorite of coaches, teammates, fans and media since his arrival as the last player drafted by the Seahawks in 2012.
What kind of guy is he? There are plenty of stories of him staying long after practice to sign autographs, interacting with fans on social media and then actually showing up to hang out with them.
Earlier this year, he rushed out to buy gift cards for an underprivileged single mother after seeing a TV news story about her losing the only money she had to spend on Christmas presents for her four kids. He tried to keep it anonymous, but then word got out.
Scruggs is also known for his sense of humor off the field. Several weeks ago, he posted a video he said was of the Seahawks “aquarium” at the VMAC in Renton where they “keep some of their whales.” The video then cuts to a shot of 310 pound teammate Brandon Mebane swimming in the team’s lap pool.
“Bet y’all didn’t know we had an aquarium,” Scruggs wrote in the Instagram post. “We named this whale Brandon and (Bruce Irvin) is feeding him.”
But for all he does off the field, his focus remains on being a significant part of the Seahawks defense in the coming season.
“It’s my time to go play football. It’s been a year, rookie year is over with. I’ve had some good and bad times, but it is my time now to go out and play football,” he says.
Article originally published at www.mynorthwest.com.Read More
When Greg Scruggs gets talking, it’s easy to envision a preacher at an old-time tent-revival, sermonizing on the gift of life, the glories of each day, and the miraculous blessings of surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligaments.
And that’s merely after asking: How ya doin’, Greg?
Get him started on the joy of playing football for the Seattle Seahawks, and he’ll unleash a jubilant monologue that might cause you to come away shouting “Hallelujah, Brother Scruggs.”
That Scruggs is a part of the Seahawks’ plans along the defensive line spurs wonderment, now doubt. He was a kid who played only one year of football in high school — preferring to pound drums in the marching band, instead.
As does any convincing speaker, Scruggs knows when to stress certain words in his message. And when he talks of his troubled and disadvantaged youth in the housing projects of Cincinnati, he punches up the word “want.”
When the topic comes to his professional opportunity, now in its third season with the Seahawks, he lingers on the adjective: precious.
To a work place that causes some to feel entitlement, Scruggs brings a marvelous humility and appreciation.
Now healthy from the knee injury that sidelined him all last season, Scruggs is fighting for a starting job along the defensive front, perhaps in the spot vacated by veteran Red Bryant. Bulked up to 310 pounds, Scruggs is expected to be versatile enough to plug the run or rush the passer.
His goals are simple: “I expect to be the best I can be,” he said. “Whatever that is, I let others decide. For me, I expect to be the best Greg Scruggs I can be, leave nothing in the tank, give everything I can to be the best me. If that’s no sacks or 20 sacks, if I did my best, that’s all I can ask for.”
The opportunity is precious, he said, because he never thought he’d make it to the NFL; and he can look back through his life, having lost friends along the way, and recognize that merely being alive is worthy of celebration.
“You never know what somebody is going through,” he said. “Maybe my smile could affect your day, my hug could affect your day, the way I’m talking to you could affect your day. Just keeping a positive outlook allows me to see that every day is a gift.”
Scruggs’ story of early privation is not uncommon in the NFL, and he stressed he doesn’t want it to sound like a “sob story.” But he often remembers the days “when my mother would feed us cheese just to hold us over until she could get something more for us, or the days when she would sacrifice what she had to feed us, and we’d keep putting water into that powdered milk just to have enough for cereal. She made sure we never starved, but there’s times when you make ends meet just by the hair on your chin.”
So, he embraces his chances to speak to youths, recounting the days when, as early as age 11, he was picking pockets. “I tell kids that I did everything but sell drugs,” he said. “I tried gang-banging and all the negative things that are so out of my character just because I wanted to fit in. I could have easily gone way down the wrong path.”
His mother never gave up on him, he said, and he got lucky when he was taken in by Boys Hope Girls Hope in Cincinnati, a nonprofit organization “that gave underprivileged kids privileged opportunities, and all you had to do was had to exemplify the want to be great in the classroom and in the community.”
The live-in home took him out of the neighborhood and surrounded him with positive influences and mentors.
“I saw the light; I saw the side of life I knew nothing about and that changed my path,” Scruggs said. “I saw what I wanted to do with my life.”
He earned a football scholarship to the University of Louisville, and was taken with the Seahawks’ final draft pick in 2012. When asked if he considered any of the players a particular “steal,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider pinpointed Scruggs. And that was the draft when they landed Russell Wilson in the third round.
Scruggs brings great energy to the practice field and to the games. So much of it, he said, is rooted in his challenging personal history.
“That made me who I am today,” he said. “If I stressed the word ‘want,’ it’s because some of us had the desire to get out of there and be somebody. I love my friends, but fortunately for me I had my eyes open to different things.”
The other critical influence, of course, was his mother.
“She never let up; she’s the one who gave me the work ethic,” he said. “She’s the reason I continue to push myself so hard.”
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Want to know what drives Greg Scruggs? Listed to a candid interview with Greg about football and life on the Furness Show on 950 KJR in Seattle. Greg talks about his passion for football, the competition on the Seahawks, and his mindset going into the season. The interview is about much more than football though, it’s about Greg’s desire to be the best he can be and leaving nothing to chance.