This is the most nerve-wracking weekend of the year for most NFL football players -- me included. After the last preseason game, teams cut their rosters from 75 to 53 players. That means that there are twenty-two players who played for the Seahawks in Thursday's game who will not play during the regular season. That also means that there are 704 NFL-caliber football players who played in the last preseason games who will not play in the NFL at all this season. As a football player, that's scary stuff.
In the NFL nothing is guaranteed. So, for the last six years, I've had the same upside down feeling in my gut during the cut weekend. I'm not sure why, but I thought this weekend might be different for me. It wasn't.
Rachel and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary. We went away Friday night and our (awesome) neighbors watched Journey for us. We didn't go far -- just to Bellevue. We stayed in the Bellevue Westin in an amazing corner suite that looked over all of Bellevue. We had ahi tacos (they are incredible) and sliders at Joey's in Bellevue and then bought a piece of cake at The Cheesecake Factory (white chocolate macademia nut cheesecake) that we brought back to our room. We spent some time walking through Bellevue Square and reminiscing about the early days of our relationship when we lived at Milano Apartments in Bellevue. It was wonderful. I had my gorgeous wife beside me -- she is my love, my inspiration, and my best friend. Life couldn't get any better.
When we woke up Sunday morning, I couldn't help but watch the clock tick down until 12:00 finally hit and I knew the Seahawks were probably done with their cuts. My wife and I breathed a huge sigh of relief that we could spend another year together in Seattle with the Seahawks. Even though I'm excited about playing this year, it's never easy to say goodbye to friends (who feel like brothers) who were cut this weekend. Most of them from the Seahawks will have no problem securing a place either on the practice squad or on another team's 53-man roster.
For now, I'm going to make dinner with my wife, enjoying our time back at home with our little girl, and celebrating one more year in Seattle.
TODAY'S TOUCHDOWN: You're probably guessing that it is making the 53 man roster....It was sleeping in with my wife without our daughter crying to wake us up. Did I mention our neighbors are awesome?