Being selected as a team captain is arguably one of the highest compliments a team can give a player. On Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks did just that for DeShawn Shead.
The voting was done by the Seahawks players and along with Shead, the other captains for the 2016 season are quarterback Russell Wilson, safety Kam Chancellor and punter Jon Ryan.
“I love these guys as captains,” head coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “There’s a number of guys that could’ve been (selected), but the players singled these guys out.”
“And then to recognize a guy like DeShawn Shead, too, that’s a great statement of the program.” Carroll said. “There was a few years back (when) he was one of these seven or eight guys here on the practice squad. (He) worked his way all the way through it with just great heart and stick-to-itiveness and toughness and all that. He’s elevated to the point where he’s a captain now. It’s really a great statement about the young man that he is.”
Once undrafted out of Portland State, Shead has continued to grow as a player with each passing season. His hard work and relentless attitude is a mentality that has been contagious in the locker room.
“DeShawn is one of those guys that came from the bottom of those undrafted guys that got to make their way on special teams.” Chancellor said. “First it’s about getting a spot, and then showing your effort, showing your abilities, and DeShawn definitely stepped it up a lot and came a long way.”
Read more about the captain selections at Seahawks.com.