New Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny donned his first Seattle uniform on Thursday, although it wasn’t the Seahawks’ colors.
Instead, Penny found himself remaining true to the blue, pulling on a Seattle Mariners jersey and throwing the ceremonial first pitch for Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers — the organization that once took Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 Draft.
“My first Seattle jersey,” Penny commented when tossing on his Mariners jersey, emblazoned with his No. 20. “First of many.”
While Penny’s baseball career is unlikely to take shape, he does provide a ton of versatility for the Seahawks on the football side of things. The team anticipates a renewed focus on the running gamenext season, with Penny and 2017 rookie Chris Carson leading the charge. Penny could also factor into the return game, and he has worked to grow as a pass-catcher as well.
The San Diego State product will be a huge piece of Seattle’s new youth movement next year, and will need to be ready for the 12’s to greet him with thunderous applause in his first NFL game.
Hopefully, his time on the field lasts longer than just one pitch.