The Seahawks added Cincinnati safety Mike Tyson in the sixth round of the NFL Draft last month. Tyson hopes to stop the name jokes by building a successful career of his own.
When the Seahawks drafted safety Mike Tyson in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, eyebrows raised. Mike Tyson? Let’s just get this out of the way right now. No, it’s not that Mike Tyson, obviously. The Seahawks rookie with the famous name has heard all of your questions and jokes, so just stop.
To Tyson’s credit, he knows how to deal with his name and all the questions he’s asked. He told reporters, “It’s just that he boxes, and I play football.”
There it is, now let’s move on, shall we?
Tyson is yet another physical safety in the Seahawks 2017 draft class. While he’s viewed as a little rough around the edges for a strong safety, he’s willing to handle a multitude of defensive duties, including playing as a linebacker, nickel corner, and special teams specialist.
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He may be a Master of None* and unable to throw a right hook, but his versatility makes him a good addition to Kris Richard‘s defense, and Pete Carroll loves guys who are willing to fill several roles in order to make the team. And Tyson has no face tattoos, nor has he bitten anyone’s ear off (okay, I’ll stop).
Tyson will have a chance to back up a local Norfolk, Virginia legend, Kam Chancellor. “He’s a legend down here in Norfolk,” Tyson said. “I followed him throughout Virginia Tech and the NFL… I used to be a real big Virginia Tech fan back in the day. ”
Tyson is 6’1″, 207 pounds. He was everywhere for the Cincinnati Bearcats, intercepting five passes and recording 46 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. Tyson joins an impressive draft class for the Seahawks, who have reloaded their defensive backfield. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Training Camp will be more interesting than usual this year.
*An overrated show, in my opinion, even though I enjoy Aziz Ansari. It’s just that everyone LOVES it even though it’s the same as any other romantic comedy series.