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Andrew Luck is said to be the best quarterback prospect in 15 years. He has every attribute you want in a QB ranging from intelligence to accuracy to athleticism to leadership. He is a “can’t miss” prospect so good that a team like the Indianapolis Colts would not even consider four first-round picks in exchange for the right to draft him. The Washington Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second-round pick to draft the guy after Luck. Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, and his wife, are sponsoring an event on April 19th at El Gaucho in Bellevue that rivals Luck as far as being a “can’t miss” prospect. Combine Seahawks players, Seahawks coaches, Seahawks scouts, an El Gaucho steak dinner, a fantastic charitable cause, and it is hard to imagine a better way to spend an evening.
Schneider and his wife have a son with Autism. They have selected Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington as their charity. Very few, if any, insurance companies cover the treatments necessary to help a child with autism grow up to reach their full potential. Families that can afford to pay premium fees to specialists have the choice to give their children hope of an independent and productive future. Many families cannot afford the steep prices, and rely on organizations like FEAT to help them get access.
My youngest son, Nathaniel, has special needs that are very similar to that of a child with autism, and my wife is active in the special needs community. Nothing can prepare you for being the parent of a special needs child, but finding support around you makes all the difference. We’ve leaned on The Kindering Center in Bellevue, ARC of King County, and other groups to cope, learn and eventually embrace what was in front of us.
Maybe special needs charities aren’t your thing. No worries. The event will feature an awesome array of Seahawks and NFL celebrity waiters:
WR Doug Baldwin, CB Brandon Browner, assistant head coach Tom Cable, head coach Pete Carroll, SS Kam Chancellor, DE Chris Clemons, former Seahawks DE Jacob Green, former Seahawks QB Brock Huard, QB Tarvaris Jackson, RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Zach Miller, T Russell Okung, WR Sidney Rice, former Seahawks FS Brian Russell, former Seahawks DT Craig Terrill, SS Earl Thomas, former Seahawks C Robbie Tobeck, and former Seahawks DL Manu Tuiasosopo.
Senior NFL Writer and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jay Glazer will serve as event emcee. Don’t forget, this is all will be happening a mere week before the NFL draft. Imagine getting to bid on Seahawks items and grill Schneider on draft prospects while eating a steak and getting served by a Seahawk player. My wife and I will be joined by Dave “Softy” Mahler. I have donated a few items to the auction, including a “12th Man” feature story I will write about you, your family or friends and post on this blog for thousands of folks to read. We’ll talk Seahawks, learn about when you first became a fan, your favorite moment, and what your predictions are for the upcoming season. I’m pretty flexible, so if you’d rather do a podcast, I’m down.