Watch: Bobby Wagner gets huge ovation in Seahawks return
Sep 10, 2023, 2:08 PM
If you had to come up with a list of players who could be considered the best in Seattle Seahawks history, Bobby Wagner would undoubtedly be included.
The Hawks fans know that, as evidenced by how they reacted to his return at Lumen Field in the team’s blue and green uniforms.
The introduction of Wagner before Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams was met with a thunderous ovation by the capacity crowd (some of which held up signs that read “Welcome Home Bobby”), perhaps the loudest any player in Seahawks history has ever received during intros.
Introducing… Number 54 from Utah State…. BOBBY WAGNER! pic.twitter.com/vDtGTHlGr3
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 10, 2023
The 12s welcome Bobby Wagner back to Seattle.
— NFL (@NFL) September 10, 2023
The 33-year-old Wagner is an eight-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro linebacker, receiving all of those accolades with the Seahawks. A second-round NFL Draft pick by Seattle in 2012 out of Utah State, he played the first 10 seasons of his career with the Hawks. The two sides parted ways after the 2021 season, however, and there was concern that they weren’t on the best terms due to the nature in which Wagner, who serves as his own agent, received the news that the Seahawks were letting him go.
Wagner went on to have a successful season playing for the Los Angeles Rams in 2022, and the good news is he and the Seahawks patched things up and reunited this offseason in free agency.
The return of Wagner figures to be a big help for a Seahawks defense that struggled to stop the run and had some communication issues in his one year away. And in an interesting turn of events, Wagner makes his re-debut for Seattle against his old team, somewhat similarly to how the Hawks opened the 2022 campaign against former franchise quarterback Russell Wilson in his Denver Broncos debut.
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