As Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was being carted off the field in Arizona, 12s had to realize it was the last time they will see this #29 in a Hawks uniform.
It’s perhaps the last page of a book called “The Legion of Boom” that was the once the long-term nickname of a feared Seattle Seahawks secondary. You can see number 29 Earl Thomas III being carted off the field in what is most likely his last moments wearing the Blue, Green, and Grey.
Thomas fractured his tibia for the second time in three seasons, and in a frustration moment, cameras caught Thomas flipping the bird towards the Seahawks sidelines on his way to the locker room.
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Gone is Richard Sherman, who is now in San Francisco. Gone is Kam Chancellor, who is medically retired at the moment. Brandon Browner and Byron Maxwell moved on years ago. The lone holdover was Earl Thomas, even though some may say he wanted to play elsewhere this season.
Thomas held out all preseason long waiting on a new deal rather than playing out the final year of his current contract. The safety ended his holdout in time for the Seahawks week one loss in Denver against the Broncos. He quickly showed his worth with an interception and followed with another in week two and a pair three as well.
Thomas, however, has shown his displeasure with the Seahawks front office for not showing what he felt is their “appreciation” towards the nine-year pro. As Thomas was being carted into the locker room Sunday during the fourth quarter of Seattle’s matchup against Arizona, there was an “ah- ha” moment in regards to another star NFL players situation. Steelers running back Le’veon Bell is going through a similar type of frustration with the Pittsburgh Steelers front office and has yet to end his holdout with the team.
"“If he doesn’t come, then he’s not a team player. If he does come and gets hurt, it’s he shouldn’t have come It’s a position we get put in, often. It’s an unfortunate situation. I think that’s why you have to be able to play football and handle the business side of the game. If I was him, I’d be pissed off.”"
After his inappropriate gesture, it’s unlikely the Seattle Seahawks would even want him back at this point. It’s perhaps best for both sides to move on from each other and close the book.