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Seahawks Spotlight: Michael Wilhoite is the NFL embodiment of grit

Sep 19, 2017, 10:59 AM | Updated: 11:26 am

Linebacker Michael Willhoite talks about his trip from Kansas to the NFL with "Danny, Dave and Moor...

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

(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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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.

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