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Walter Thurmond explains his ‘English gentleman’ look

By Brady Henderson

It was undeniably dapper but not quite fashion forward.

Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond went with “the English gentleman” look after Sunday’s game. (photo by Danny O’Neil)

Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond actually turned back the clock – about 200 years – with his postgame attire after the Seahawks beat Tennessee 20-13 at CenturyLink Field, answering reporters’ questions in Seattle’s locker room while wearing an outfit that looked like something out of a Charles Dickens novel.

It was the full monty, so to speak: coattails hanging down to the back of his thighs, a double-breasted waistcoat, a top hat, an ascot and, of course, a pocket watch.

“The English gentleman,” is what Thurmond called the look when he joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” on Monday.

Thurmond – a former fourth-round pick out of Oregon who’s in his fourth NFL season – has been known to sport a high-top fade, a haircut that was popular back in the early 1990s. He wanted to go even more retro with his garb on Sunday.

“I was just thinking about what I wanted to do, something different. I kind of go outside the box sometimes with the attire, and early-19th-century attire got my attention,” he said. “So I went online and looked and found some stuff, and things came in earlier this week and I was like, ‘I’m going to wear it for the home game.’ “

Naturally, there was some good-natured ribbing from teammates. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said Thurmond looked like “the black Abe Lincoln.”

710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny O’Neil solicited captions from his Twitter followers after posting pictures of Thurmond’s getup (including another shot that shows him sans coat). Former Seahawks tackle Ray Roberts responded with this: “Wjango! The ‘W’ is silent!” in a reference to a memorable line from the 2012 film “Django Unchained” starring Jamie Foxx.

ESPN even showed O’Neil’s photo of Thurmond during the “C’mon man!” segment on “Monday Night Countdown”.

Thurmond wore it well – the mockery and the outfit.

“I felt really comfortable,” he said.

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