Former NFL scout Matt Williamson calls Seahawks rookie Christine (pronounced ‘Chris-tin’) Michael “a true every-down running back” by 2016.
Michael entered the world through Beaumont, Texas on November 9, 1990 to Andrew Michael and Mary Gilder. Mary had wanted a daughter and picked out the name Christine from the first day she knew she was pregnant. 13 years later, her 12 year old son wanted to know why he had this odd name and Mary played Johnny Cash’s classic, “A Boy Named Sue” to help Michael be at peace with his first name.
Mary thought Christine was a unique name for a boy and now Michael is happy to go along with it.
In high school Michael turned heads in football-rich Texas; being named Beaumont Enterprise All-Southeast Texas Offensive Player of the Year, rated #28 in the nation by Rivals.com and twice-named Region 3 Player of the Week. This was followed in 2009 with the Big XII Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year in college.
With the NFL dream hanging in front of him like a carrot, Michael was spurred on to work hard during high school and college. Though he faced several obstacles: Hurricane Ike cut short his senior season in high school; he broke his leg in his college sophomore season, followed by a torn knee ligament in his junior year. But these obstacles only motivated him more. Like Michael Bennett, he played college ball at Texas A&M where he had three excellent years before becoming a 2nd round NFL draft pick for Seattle and signed a four year contract in 2013.
We’ve only seen Michael on the field four times so far this year, but he’s shown flashes of his immense potential. We first saw Michael towards the end of Week 3’s game against the Jaguars. His NFL debut was impressive as he spun away from tackles and shot through even the narrowest of holes. This agility showed the fans what the coaches saw during rookie camp; a hard runner even when there’s nowhere to go and a great catch radius.
Despite not seeing many snaps this season, Michael is very excited to be a part of this team. During his rookie-camp Michael could barely contain his excitement, saying, “I couldn’t ask for anything better than to be in Seattle playing for Pete Carroll and for the Seattle Seahawks.”
The last time we saw Michael on the gridiron was during Week 10’s game at Atlanta. Late in the 4th quarter, Seattle had a healthy 33-10 lead, relieving the pressure and allowing Michael to shine with his eye-opening runs, and powerful bursts of speed. He displayed a natural running ability that reminds many of Arizona’s young star Andre Ellington. Robert Turbin made a couple of nasty mistakes against the Cardinals, so it should only be a matter of time before this rookie phenom becomes Beast Mode’s full time backup.
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