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Morning links: Housh unplugged

Former Seattle P-I columnist Jim Moore wrote a nice feature on Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for Sports Northwest magazine. In the article we learn a little bit more about the team's newest receiver, including his struggles with motivation in attending high school before finally earning his GED, which allowed him to enroll in Cerritos Community College to play football and ultimately get noticed by head coach Dennis Erickson at Oregon State.

Houshmandzadeh also talks about his father abandoning him as a child, and how that led to the importance of him being a father to his two girls. And he continues to show he does not lack for confidence, saying if he trained for it he could hang with some of the players in the NBA, although he did leave the best player on his favorite team, the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant, out of that conversation. It's worth a read.

Houshmandzadeh has put the Seattle Seahawks in the national spotlight a lot more than they have been in the past this summer. His latest appearance on Colin Cowherd's ESPN radio show has got people around the league talking.

Houshmandzadeh told Cowherd that he's boycotting the 2010 version of the Madden video game, because he doesn't believe the rating assigned to him is high enough.

"I understand I averaged 10 yards a catch, but it's the offense, not me," Houshmandzadeh said. "I'm not playing Madden no more until they get my rating right. . . . I used to be the best in the world at Madden. I'm going to miss not playing it, but until they do me right, I'm not playing it any more."

Housh, according to ESPN's Mike Sando, is rated a 91, the sixth highest wideout rating in the NFC behind Larry Fitzgerald (99), Steve Smith (97), Anquan Boldin (94), Roddy White (93) and Calvin Johnson (92).

Here's some other Seahawks-related news from the past couple days.

Brian Baldinger of NFL Network continues his look at the Seahawks by joining receivers Nate Burleson and Deion Branch for a session on the jugs machine.

Also from Sando, according to this report by Chris Viviamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seahawks kicker Brandon Coutu has been working with NFL legendary kicker Morten Anderson on improving his kickoffs and the mental aspect of the game.

Doug Farrar of, via the Seattle Times Seahawks blog weighs in on the injury issues that beset the Seahawks last season.

ESPN's John Clayton talks to Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones about coming back this season and getting another chance to go against Dallas sack master DeMarcus Ware. Jones struggled against the All-Pro defensive end last year when his knee was injured. The audio begins about halfway in.

John Morgan at Field Gulls takes a look at Jordan Babineaux's 2008 performance.

Fox Sports' Adrian Hasenmayer ranks the Seahawks 27th overall in his power rankings.