Garrett Scott story proves Seahawks organization is a class act


One of the more aggravating things about being a Seahawks fan is listening to ignorant casual NFL observers call them drug addicts, cheaters and thugs. Pete Carroll and the Reggie Bush controversy at USC, PEDs, Richard Sherman’s rant, blah blah blah and so on. People who follow the team closely understand that this perception is entirely bogus. The Seattle Seahawks organization is one of the classiest in professional sports.

Don’t believe me? This next story should make you think twice before you level that tired CHEATHAWKS accusation on Twitter.

With the 199th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft the Seahawks selected Garrett Scott, an offensive tackle who played college ball at Marshall. While the team doctors were evaluating his health, they discovered a rare heart issue that makes playing professional football a serious liability. It had to be devastating news for Scott so soon after realizing his dream of joining an NFL team. General Manager John Schneider had to cut him from the roster, but first he made a move that speaks volumes about this franchise’s character.

Schneider gave Scott a boost by allowing him to sign before waiving him. If Scott clears waivers he’ll join the team’s IR list and receive the full worth of his contract for 2014: upwards of $300,000. He’ll also get a signing bonus which is estimated to be around $100,000. Over the weekend Schneider told Pro Football Talk‘s Mike Wilkening that they like Scott and hope to continue helping him:

We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player… The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps.”

In case you haven’t had the misfortune to get sick recently, allow me to clue you in on a terrible secret. Medical bills in this country are obscenely expensive. For people with chronic conditions or potentially serious illnesses the cost of care can force many into bankruptcy. $400,000 is not a lot of money for a professional athlete, but for an average person it’s a windfall that could mean the difference between life and death.

The Seahawks didn’t have to give Scott that money. Until his heart condition can be repaired they’re not going to get any value out of him on the field. Scott won’t line up for OTAs which begin today. He won’t be on the roster for the September 4th opener. He won’t be able to compete for the team at all but they paid him anyway.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that not many NFL teams would be willing to make that same decision. Seattle needs to scrap and save every penny they possibly can in order to give quarterback Russell Wilson a long-term extension next year, and they have had to make some hard choices in letting veterans and fan favorites walk this offseason. They had every reason to waive Scott, pat him on the back and say aw schucks that’s too bad, here’s a bus card. That John Schneider will allow Scott to earn NFL money is a bold humanitarian move in a violent, often brutal business.

Fan polls consistently show that outside of the west coast, most NFL fans hate this team and that’s a damn shame.


I hope that Scott is able to get healthy again and one day take the field for the Seahawks. For now, he’ll just have to serve as a living, breathing reminder that this team has earned the right to be a fan favorite across the country.

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  • Tim Squire

    Thank you. It is a very ‘Seattle’ thing to do. I was apprehensive about Coach Pete, but now find myself quoting him to my apprentices. The best part of the story-John Schneider wasn’t blowing his own horn; if it wasn’t for the media we would probably wonder what happened to Seahawk Scott. On the day he hits the turf, I hope you’re at the Clink. I owe you a beer.

  • Marcy Rubin

    Once again the Hawks prove who they are! Go Hawks

  • raybow

    It is heartwarming to see someone’s well being take lead over big business. It is the right thing to do and I am proud to call myself a fan of this team. Things like this are what truly make this team what it is. Best wishes to this young man and his family. Upmost respect for the Seahawks oranization!

  • Larry

    I think Scott will need to be a12th man like the rest of us until his health improves and hopefully he can become one of the 11. Class act Seattle, maybe he can raise the flag during the season. From a Canadian fan.

  • Mo

    I always thought the Seahawks organization was a lass act. Good for them.

  • Rup

    Only if you are a Seachicken fan .

    • Anonymous

      And once again a 49’s fan has to jump in. I might be wrong but aren’t the 49’s dealing with a couple of dui’s, assault and a dumb ass move by a player in an airport? talk about classless that would be any and all 49 niners fans.

  • Sheila Ryan

    You are totally correct about this organization but wrong about the fan base. The Hawks are the favorite team for many outside the West coast. I’m from Toronto and witnessed thousands of Seattle fans at the Bills – Hawks game at the Rogers Center in 2012. You would find many Canadians love this team and can’t wait for next season. Go Hawks!

  • tom

    Agree with Tim, I would add very “Washington” thing to do. Hopefully, very “American” thing to do??? DO IT TO IT Seattle Seahawks!!!

  • Andy

    I’m a 49er fan and Seahawk, good job. As for the Anonymous comment. I’m glad you know that Rup is a 9er fan, because no where in his comment do I see that. As for the 9ers having problems with a couple players. All teams have a couple of idiots. From Arizona to Washington, DC and yes even the Seahawks have a couple of idiots. But this is not about us being fan, its about the Seahawk Organization doing what all teams should do with someone they commented to.