Russell Okung spent his first six years in the NFL with the Seahawks, helping the franchise win its first and only title in 2013. He watched the team go from a potential playoff contender to a Super Bowl favorite.
But his time in the Great Northwest came to an end earlier this month, when the left tackle agreed to a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos. The one-time Pro Bowl tackle said goodbye to the "12th Man" on Wednesday, writing a first-person piece for the Seattle Times.
Okung wrote about his start with the Seahawks, how moments after hearing his name called by the club with the sixth-overall pick in 2010, "I knew I wanted to do big things in Seattle. I wanted to accomplish feats Seattle had never seen before. And with my teammates, coaches, and the support of my city, we did."
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Okung goes on to write about his teammates and what they accomplished for the city. "Together, we created a new standard of football for the Seahawks."
But Okung saves his parting message to the fans and the city for last. "Seattle is my home and will always be."