This is a new feature we created for training camp this year. Each day we’ll highlight one of the younger players on the Seattle Seahawks roster. Today, we talk to fifth round pick safety Mark LeGree of Appalachian State.
Working 9 to 5
During the NFL lockout Legree said he worked a summer construction job as a landscaper to earn some extra cash instead of taking out a loan to tide him over until training camp started.
“There were offers there from people out there to lend me money,” LeGree said. “But I was just sitting there all day – except for the time I did my workouts – so I figured it would be good for me to just get up, stay active and earn my own money.”
A ball hawkLeGree finished with a school-record 22 interceptions during his college career, so he has good ball instincts. Now LeGree has to prove that he can do those same things at this level.
“I think I have good range for a safety," he said. "I can cover the deep ball, and I can make a play on that deep ball at the highest point. I consider myself a smart player, and I love to communicate with my other teammates.”
Making the most of it
LeGree said he’s excited to be in Seattle playing for an NFL, and will take advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s a dream come true,” LeGree said. “It’s finally hit me now that I’m here in the facility with all these coaches and all of these pros. I feel like a pro now, and I’m not going to let this chance slip by. I’m going to make the most of it.”
Kung Fu time
When he’s not playing football, LeGree said he enjoys playing video games and watching movies. His favorite flick is Kung Fu Panda.
“I think it captures people by surprise, but it’s a good movie for everyone in the family – for grown ups all the way down to kids,” said LeGree.