Former Meridian High School and Washington State tight end Andrei Lintz was among the players the Seattle Seahawks officially announced they had released on Monday, Aug. 26.
I knew it was going to be tough to make it, Lintz said in a phone interview. Theyre one of the deepest teams in the league, so youve got to do something special to make it. It was a great experience, though. I enjoyed every minute of it. Im disappointed, but I feel I have nothing to be ashamed of.
Joining him on the waiver wire were linebackers Kyle Knox and Craig Wilkins, wide receiver Perez Ashford, tight end Jameson Konz, defensive tackle Martin Parker and long snapper Kyle Nelson. Rookie defensive tackle Jesse Williams was placed on injured reserve, while wide receiver Brett Swain had his contract terminated.
All NFL teams are required to trim their rosters to 75 players by 1 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and to 53 by 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, in preparation for their regular-season openers. The club still needs to make six more moves by Tuesday to reach the 75-player maximum.
Lintz was a late addition to the Seahawks training camp roster on Aug. 1, signing about a week after camp opened, so he was playing catch up for most of the 3½ weeks he was on the roster.
I talked to coach (Pete) Carroll, my position coach (Pat McPherson) and the general manager, John Schneider, on my way out, Lintz said. The said they know what Im about and thought I did a really good job picking up the playbook for a guy that came in late. They said that the practice squad might be an opportunity down the line, so dont be surprised. They want me keep in shape and keep working out.
Lintz appeared extensively in the fourth quarter of Seattles preseason opener Aug. 8 at San Diego.
That was an amazing experience, he said. It was one of those things where I didnt know whether to be nervous or just excited, so I decided to just go out and play the game with a lot of excitement. That first snap, as soon as I put my hand down, I realized it was nothing different. The field was the same size, and, yeah, the guys were bigger, faster and stronger, but it was just football.
Unfortunately, Lintzs time was limited the past two weeks in Seattles wins over Denver and Green Bay, and the 6-foot-5, 260 pounder did not log any receptions in the three games.
Lintz still said he appreciated the opportunity and probably had the most fun he had had playing football since his days playing for Bob Ames at Meridian.
Its one of those things, where Coach Carroll and his staff breathe positivity into everything around that program, said Lintz, who also had a try out with the New Orleans Saints earlier this year before the Seahawks contacted his agent in late July. It really made playing football fun. I dont know if the positivity leads to winning or if winning leads to the positivity, but it was great to be a part of it all.
Lintz already is back in Pullman working toward his masters degree in Sports Management after a successful summer internship with a company that helped put on the U.S. Senior Open mens golf tournament in Omaha, Neb., and the CrossFit Games in Los Angeles.
He also plans to be a graduate assistant in Washington States Student Athlete Development Department.
I guess its time to go back to being a college kid and figuring out what I want to do with my life, Lintz said.
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