Reflecting on everything he’s accomplished in his career – one that included Pro Bowl honors in 2016 and several other Pro Bowl seasons that weren’t recognized by voters; In 2018 he was named the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award; 934 tackles, the third most common in team history after Wagner and Eugene Robinson; Wright helped anchor one of the best defenses in NFL history towards a Super Bowl title – he admitted it was all more than he could have imagined.
“It’s amazing,” said Wright. “I’ve achieved a lot more than I ever thought. When I came here, all I wanted to do was play football, but you start playing football and all these different opportunities open up for you, so it was just like I did I’ve done everything I can for this city and I plan to keep playing after football. I just want to be great in the community, help people, and be involved with football. “
With the free agency ahead, Wright isn’t sure what his future will look like – both he and Carroll have made it clear that they would like Wright to pursue his careers in Seattle, but as always in the free agency, financial decisions need to be made both by the team as well as the player – while no one knows exactly what’s next, Wright knows that the past decade in Seattle was all he hoped for and more.
“Everything is meant,” he said. “I think I put together a ring of honor résumé with my game on how I’ve helped the community and brought the team a Super Bowl. The legacy is pretty cool. I’m grateful for every game I make . ” I’ve been playing and I definitely want to come back and finish it and get a ring. We have to wait and see. “
The Seahawks were also ready for the Seattle Sports Story of the Year for a 2020 season that saw them win the NFC West while being the only team in the NFL to go through the entire season with no COVID-19 among players or coaches for that award instead went to the Seattle Storm, which won its second championship in the past three years after beating the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA finals.
Other awards included Female Sports Star of the Year, which went to Seattle University security guard McKenzi Williams. the Paul G. Allen Humanitarian Award, won by 20-year-old NBA veteran and alum Jamal Crawford of Rainier Beach High School; the Royal Brougham Sports Legend Award, which went to former Mariners manager Lou Piniella; the Keith Jackson Media Excellence Award, given to longtime Seattle Times photographer Dean Rutz; the Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Youth Award, which went to lacrosse player Matthew Esselsrom; and the Equity and Inclusion in Sports Award, which went to the All Girls Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP).