After being a first-round pick in the 2018 National Football League Draft, former San Diego State running back and current Seattle Seahawks Rashaad Penny has missed most of the past 3 seasons. and a half due to injuries, and appeared to be on the verge of leaving the league. , this December that everything changed.
“I felt like I didn’t make any statement, I knew what I could do, but I was never on the field,” Penny said after a 135-yard rushing effort last Sunday against the Chicago Bears. “It’s unfortunate, but I’m grateful for what I’ve been doing in the past few weeks.”
What Penny has done is rack up some awesome games and games, twice this month he has walked over 100 rushing yards in one game and scored 3 touchdowns. It is also the first time in Penny’s injury-riddled career that he has played 4 straight games.
“It was a big step for me because my whole career was derailed by injuries, and finally for 4 games in a row I was able to keep going. I just gain confidence, once I have it. did the first time, I can keep doing it. “
Penny’s game will force the Seahawks’ organization to make a tough decision this offseason, either let him in free agency, which they were sure they would until 4 games ago, or pay him a lot of money. ‘money with a contract extension.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said anyone who watched Penny last month must be delighted with her appearance.
“He’s been active and tough, creative and explosive, so we just want to go play soccer games with him.”
Penny says the key to her big turnaround is remembering to play big.
“Sometimes I forget I’m 230 pounds to be honest, a lot of defensive backs probably weigh 205 or 195 or 5’11, I forget I’m 230.”
From the end of the NFL line to the possibility of fielding a fantastic future, Penny says whether it’s with Seattle or any other team, he’s closer to the start than the end of his NFL career.
“I think this trip for me is far from over.”
Penny and the Seahawks face the Detroit Lions this Sunday in what could be their last home game with the Seahawks.