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Seahawks Spotlight: Michael Wilhoite is the NFL embodiment of grit

Linebacker Michael Willhoite talks about his trip from Kansas to the NFL with "Danny, Dave and Moore." (Jessamyn McIntyre photo)
LISTEN: Michael Wilhoite, September 18, 2017

Getting to the NFL from a Division II college in Kansas is never easy.

For linebacker Michael Wilhoite, the path from Washburn University to a six-year NFL career is more difficult than you’d expect. He spent a season in a league that no longer exists and was selling shoes in a mall and weighing the possibility of a future as a Navy SEAL before he really got going.

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Six years later, he’s a vested NFL veteran coming off his Seahawks debut, and on Monday he joined “Danny, Dave and Moore” to share a story that included a stop in the now-defunct United Football League with the Omaha Hawks before he was signed to the 49ers’ practice squad.

A potential starter in Seattle, Wilhoite looked back on the fact that he wasn’t required to take out the trash as a kid as one reason he’s gotten this far. Seriously. It’s worth listening the interview to find out why.