STARKVILLE, Miss. – Nearly a month to the day after a triumphant victory in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle Seahawks linebacker KJ Wright walked into the new Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex impressed by what he saw.
Wright, the former Mississippi State standout from 2007-09, paid a visit to the college program that helped launch him into the NFL by visiting with the coaching staff and touring the state-of-the-art Seal Complex that opened in January 2013.
“This looks like an NFL facility,” he said. “It’s really impressive the way the auditorium and meeting rooms are set up. This is top notch here. I am really impressed.”
February was a whirlwind month for Wright, who became the 17th different former MSU player to claim a Super Bowl ring after his Seahawks defense dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a 43-8 win. What followed was a Seattle victory parade attended by over 700,000. He then returned to his hometown of Olive Branch, Miss., where the mayor declared “KJ Wright Day” as over 500 fans and friends turned out.
“It’s all sunk in,” he said. “It was a memorable moment in my life. I have been playing football since I was six. To reach the pinnacle in the NFL is very special. I enjoyed the whole week and celebrated with my family in the parade back in Seattle.”
Wright started 13 games and finished with 80 total tackles despite suffering a fractured bone in his foot in Week 14. He has developed into a versatile linebacker who can play every down in just three NFL seasons.
“When I first got in the league, my main goal was to go in and make this team,” said Wright. “When I got there, I took on a starting role and just took off from there. I want to continue doing it, keep developing as a football player and be the best player I can be.”
Wright also took time Friday to share his knowledge with Bulldogs defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. The two sat in the defensive meeting room bouncing philosophies off each other and reviewing film that makes the Seahawks the NFL’s premier dominant defensive unit. Collins just completed his first season as full-time MSU defensive coordinator and signed a two-year extension in January.
“He wasn’t my linebackers coach, but we have a really good relationship,” said Wright. “I feel like I have been talking to him for years. He’s a really good coach, and I like what he is doing with these guys. For me to come back and show what we do is very special to me.”
Wright returns to Seattle this week where he will begin offseason training. Meanwhile, Collins and MSU open spring practice on Tuesday, March 18.
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