Check out Eddie Lacy's form on the mound as he delivers first pitch for Seattle Mariners | Eddie Lacy

Check out Eddie Lacy's form on the mound as he delivers first pitch for Seattle Mariners


Former Alabama star Eddie Lacy is preparing for his first season with the Seattle Seahawks, who held their first practice of training camp on Sunday.

The running back got on the field a little early, though - the baseball field. On Friday night, Lacy delivered the ceremonial first pitch before the Seattle Mariners' game against the New York Mets at Safeco Field.

Lacy achieved his goal of getting the baseball to the plate.

"I was like, 'Please, don't let this bounce before it gets there," Lacy said.


Lacy signed a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $5.5 million in March after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Lacy earned the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2013 after running for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries and catching 35 passes for 257 yards. In 2014, Lacy had 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns on 246 carries and 42 receptions for 427 yards and four touchdowns.

In 2015, Lacy slipped to 758 yards and three touchdowns on 187 carries and caught 20 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

An ankle injury that required surgery limited Lacy to five games in 2016, when he had 360 yards on 71 rushing attempts and caught four passes for 28 yards. He didn't score a touchdown last season.

The Seahawks went to the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons with Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch running over defenders as Seattle's bulldozing ball-carrier. When Seattle won the NFC championships for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Lynch ran for 2,563 yards and 25 touchdowns and caught 73 passes for 683 yards and six TDs, then added 606 rushing yards and six touchdowns and caught four passes for 66 yards in the postseason those years.

Lynch retired after the 2015 campaign, and the Seahawks ranked 25th among the NFL's 32 teams in rushing offense last season.

Thomas Rawls is Seattle's leading returning rusher. He ran for 830 yards in 13 games as an undrafted rookie in 2015 for the Seahawks. But a leg injury limited Rawls to nine games in 2016, when he gained 349 yards on the ground. 

For some NFL players, training camp is a tune-up for the regular season. For others, it's a fight to earn a spot on the final 53-player roster. In between are the players battling to earn the starting spots that are up for grabs.

Lacy and Rawls are among the eight running backs on the Seattle roster, including the Seahawks' second- and fifth-round draft choices from 2016 in C.J. Prosise and former Arkansas star Alex Collins, respectively, as well as former Central-Phenix City star J.D. McKissic.


The Seahawks kick off their four-game preseason schedule on Aug. 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.



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