kearly wrote:I never thought of this.
I don't feel bad for him. He made his choice. And if he were still here, would the events of the past two years remained the same?
He didn't make a choice to leave the team. They called him and said they wouldn't be signing him when he still hoped that he was going to play for us for the '11 season. Remember that he led the team workouts during the lockout offseason. It was heartbreaking hearing him on the radio (B&S I think?) talking about driving by the facility while the Seahawks were practicing, and he was on his way to the airport to get to Tennessee.
You could say that he chose not to retire, though.
I have been thinking this a lot - that when we do win a Super Bowl, I will be sad that #8 wasn't along for the ride.
I totally agree with the sentiment that this is a different team and it's a much better team. Better now than the '05 team was at its peak, and way way way more upside. More upside in the players, and way more upside in the front office that is just going to keep feeding the roster more Pro Bowlers.