Alexander, Jennings Grab Kudos

He's the NFL's rushing champ, its new single-season touchdown record-holder, the 2005 league MVP, and the 2006 Madden cover representative. He played in the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, and he recently racked up several ESPY nominations. Now, Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander has another honor to add to what must be an overstuffed trophy case.

Alexander a Hall of Famer

Alexander accepted induction into the Buddy LaRosa's High School Sports Hall of Fame at the headquarters of Cincinnati TV station WCET. Mike Dyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Seahawk star arrived at the ceremony on Monday afternoon after visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

A graduate of Boone County High School in Florence, Kentucky, Class of 1995, Alexander rushed for 3,166 yards and 56 touchdowns in his prep career before heading on to Alabama and the Seahawks. Florence is only a few miles from Cincinnati.

Larosa’s is a highly-regarded Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky pizzeria, and Alexander won the LaRosa's Male Athlete of the Year for 1994-95 in his senior season. "I remember when I won the LaRosa's high school award because I thought it was cool to have anything with pizza involved," he said with a smile to all in attendance.

Should Alexander continue on his current pace – he has rushed for more yards and scored more touchdowns than any other NFL player since 2001 – he’ll be coming back to Ohio years from now for induction into the latter, larger hall of fame as well.

This whole summer has been really awesome with awards, dedications, and nominations - from the ESPYs to commercials - it's all been overwhelming," Alexander said. "It's been honorable, but I have felt greatly loved by so many people."

Jennings Gets Props From Schefter

As Seahawks first-round draft pick Kelly Jennings prepares himself for training camp and beyond, he’s picking up strokes for his play in Seattle’s recent two-week passing camp. Adam Schefter of NFL.com and the NFL Network reported on Monday that Jennings has been one of the most impressive rookies so far. Schefter specifically mentioned Jennings and Colts rookie back Joseph Addai, who is expected to replace Edgerrin James.

According to Schefter, Jennings knocked down 13 passes in his last eight practices, and has impressed all who have seen him so far. No other Seattle cornerback knocked down more than six, although we can assume that Seattle quarterbacks were directed to test Jennings as much as possible.

The former Miami Hurricane will be competing for a starting role with Kelly Herndon opposite Marcus Trufant, but if he can keep up the intensity when the pads go on and things get serious, Jennings would seem to have the inside track.

“He’s a ball-hawk, and he’s going to be around the football throughout the course of the season,” Schefter said. “It wouldn’t surprise very many people if he winds up winning a starting job.”


Doug Farrar is the Editor-in-Chief of Seahawks.NET. Feel free to e-mail him here.


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