Tue, 09 Mar 2021

Damien Lewis, Jamal Adams and Nick Bellore earned PFWA recognition by the Pro Football Writers of America for their play in 2020.  John Boyle

Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today - Wednesday, January 20 - about your Seattle Seahawks.

Damien Lewis Named to PFWA All-Rookie Team.

The Seahawks saw several members of their 2020 draft class make big contributions as rookies, none more so than guard Damien Lewis, a third-round pick out of LSU who started all 16 games. And this week, Lewis' standout play was recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America, which named him to its All-Rookie Team as one of the two guards selected along with New England's Mike Onwenu.

Last week, while discussing the contributions of the rookie class, Pete Carroll called Lewis, "The steadiest of all the guys. Did the most, had the biggest contribution that he played every game. This guy, he's a championship kid, he's really smart, he's really tough, it's not too big for him. He's going to have a great career."

Lewis is the first Seahawks player to make the PFWA All-Rookie Team since Michael Dickson in 2018, and the first offensive player since Ethan Pocic was selected as one of the guards in 2017.

The PFWA also announced its All-NFL, All-NFC and All-AFC Teams this week, and two Seahawks were selected to the All-NFC-Team, safety Jamal Adams and special teamer Nick Bellore.

Karen Wilkins-Mickey Named Seahawks Vice President Of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Seahawks announced Tuesday the addition of Karen Wilkins-Mickey as the organization's new Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, a new role for the team.

In this new role, Wilkins-Mickey will lead the Seahawks' DEI strategy, as well as act as a liaison for the team, its senior management group, players and the community to drive strategic DEI initiatives and programs.

"I am thrilled to welcome Karen to the Seahawks family as our organization's first Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion," Seahawks president Chuck Arnold said in a statement. "Our organization is guided upon core values of acceptance and understanding that help us create a culture of respect, equality and inclusiveness both on and off the field. Over the past year, we've looked to take additional meaningful steps to directly address inequality and social justice efforts and felt it was critical to add this position to our senior leadership team. We look forward to Karen's vast expertise in this area to further strengthen our organization as we strive to continually make a lasting impact both internally and in our community."

Wilkins-Mickey, who most recently served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Alaska Airlines, has more than 20 years of DEI leadership experience, having also held diversity and inclusion leadership roles with Expedia and Microsoft.

A native New Yorker and current Bothell resident, Wilkins-Mickey recently completed the first McKinsey Black Executive Leadership Program and is a founding member of the DEI Community of Practice, a growing network of professionals committed to establishing and enhancing DEI practices within Seattle area-organizations. Wilkins-Mickey was also recently appointed to the Leadership Council for the UNCF, which supports a goal of providing every local minority student with the funds they need to support their college education. A Certified Diversity Recruiter, Wilkins-Mickey was recognized by the Mariners in 2018 as part of African American Heritage Day for her contributions to the Northwest community.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's social post comes from the Instagram account of the Seahawks Dancers, remembering Laurel Cancilla, the longtime seamstress for the Sea Gals, who recently passed away.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, we handed out 2020 season honors, recognizing some of the best players, plays and moments from a 12-4, NFC West-championship season.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times looks at where the Seahawks stand at tight end in his position overview series.

The Athletic's Michael Shawn-Dugar looks at some of the possible offensive coordinator candidates for the Seahawks.

Corbin Smith and the crew at Seahawks Maven look at some of the unsung heroes from the 2020 season.

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