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By: Trevor Williams, Sports Radio KJR
When one thinks about an NFL lineman, the word "run" doesn’t usually come to mind. Well, unless said lineman is running to the postgame buffet.
For thousands of visitors to Pamplona, Spain each summer, “run” is more than a word. It’s a command. It’s a requirement. And you better be able to do it fast.
This past weekend, Seahawks tackle Russell Okung, decided to dip his toes into some foreign culture.
Now, Pete Carroll surely hoped this would come in the form of a visit to a French art museum, or a gondola ride in Italy. So, when he heard that Okung had something different in mind? You better believe Pete was chomping on his gum even harder than we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on the Seahawks sideline.
Okung decided to participate in one of, if not, Spain’s most famous traditions. A tradition that isn't for the faint of heart. Okung (the equivalent of a bull on the football field) decided to run with real bulls through the narrow, crowded, cobblestone streets of Pamplona.
The Seahawks trainers, coaches, and front office staff could probably only cringe as they waited for word that Okung successfully evaded ten angry bulls. The Hawks were not excited about Okung’s escapade but indicated that they trusted him to be safe and make the right decision.
You must also excuse whoever drafted Okung’s contract. Apparently whoever listed the activities he could not participate in while under-contract with the Seahawks (such as skiing, rock-climbing etc.) didn’t anticipate him having the urge to be chased by thousand-pound mammals in a foreign country.
Nonetheless, Okung did it. He ran, ran, and ran some more. He showed why NFL linemen are obviously in better shape than we give credit for. I certainly wouldn’t want to test my athletic ability against a fiery animal. Then again, Okung is pretty big… I don’t think I’d put myself up against him either… So maybe in the battle of bull vs. Okung, it’s a push.
Also along for the ride (although I don’t think Okung carried him) was his agent, Peter Schaffer.
So, while some Seahawk fans and team personnel are likely pulling their hair out wondering why Okung did this, maybe we should consider… How fast is Schaffer?
Maybe Okung listened to the old adage that says if you are being chased by a bear (or in this case a bull) you just better be faster than the guy next to you.
While some people may be angry with Okung for his decision, the important thing he is ok. He didn’t sprain an ankle or take the bull by the horns (literally). In fact, he will probably be in more danger in just a few weeks when he takes the field for his first NFL preseason game.
If Okung didn’t come home with an injury, what did he come home with? Apparently he was wearing a camera… Talk about one heck of a video.
Let’s hope Okung satisfied his adrenaline needs for this off-season. Maybe now football fans in the Northwest can relax.
As for next off-season? No promises. Apparently Okung wants to visit the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls in Zambia.
Sounds relaxing, right? Think again. Visitors to the Devil’s Pool try to swim as close as possible to the edge of a reservoir that feeds the 355 foot waterfall.
What might Seahawks offensive line coach, Tom Cable, think? Well, he may want to add swimming to his upcoming training regimen.