Seahawks great K.J. Wright ends career on a classy note: ‘I’m so thankful’

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The Seahawks signed linebacker K.J. Wright to a one-day deal yesterday so that he could retire with the team that drafted him. Today, in a press conference at the VMAC Wright made that news official.

Fighting back tears, the 11-year NFL veteran reflected on his career. As one might expect, Wright’s going-out speech was every bit as classy as the way he carried himself on and off the field for Seattle and his genuine gratitude showed through. Here’s a portion of what he said at the podium.

“I’m so thankful… I gave this game every ounce I had in my body. I gave it my heart and my soul. I put my body on the line… This game as taught me lessons that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Wright thanked everyone involved during his 10-year run with the Sehaawks, including general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, with whom he “kicked a lot of ass together.” He shared special recognition for former defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., who was Wright’s first position coach.

“Thank you so much for grooming me to be the man I am today, on and off the field. I love you, coach Norton.”

Eventually, Wright called his mother and his wife up to join him on-stage to give thank for their sacrifices. Teammates, coaches and other family members all joined in the ceremony, which reflected the special character of No. 50. In conclusion, Wright thanked the city of Seattle and its fans for welcoming him and making it so much fun.

The Russell Wilson trade and Bobby Wagner’s release may have been a bigger deal than today, but this truly feels like the end of an era.

Thank you, K.J.

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