After just two days around the Seahawks, Tammy Jones is all in.
“I love the Seahawks family already. I feel like I’m leaving him in good hands,” the mother of remarkable third-round draft choice Nazair Jones said Saturday.
She was standing off the edge of the team’s practice field, here from her North Carolina home for Seattle’s first two practices of rookie minicamp. Mom was wearing a neon-green, Seahawks shirt beneath a matching, low-slung necklace on Mother’s Day eve.
Her smile was as bright as the lakeside sun. No wonder: She has more reason to be proud – and oh, so appreciative – than most NFL moms.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” she said of her son’s Seahawks career.
“The only thing that I tell people is, quitting wasn’t an option.
“The sickness came. The sickness went. Now, he’s here.”
He’s here, learning all about his fiery, new position coach, Clint Hurtt. The 6-foot-5 defensive tackle is getting to know his unique, all-in head coach, Pete Carroll. New teammates. A new city. Heck, his new life.
Yet this learning curve is nothing.
Jones isn’t living in a Ronald McDonald House for long-term physical recovery. He isn’t weeping and fearing he’d never be able to run, or even walk, again.
“I had to re-learn how to walk,” he said.
Jones did that 5½ years ago, when a rare disease left him frightened he may be permanently paralyzed.
He was 16.
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