Kenny McIntosh gave us all the feels when call came from Seahawks
Georgia football running back Kenny McIntosh had to wait until the seventh round of the NFL Draft to find out where he is to play football on Sundays.
In fact, McIntosh waited until the 237th pick of this year’s draft before the Seattle Seahawks used their 10th pick to select Georgia’s National Championship-winning running back to Kenneth Walker III, Zach Charbonnet, and DeeJay Dallas in their running back room.
McIntosh told the media after his selection that he was preparing for life as an undrafted free agent and was speaking to his agent about what Plan B was when the call from the Seahawks came in.
However, Plan B was not required and a clearly emotional McIntosh took the call from Seahawks GM John Schneider with the news that he was being drafted.
Schneider told McIntosh what the rest of us knew sitting watching the 23 year old from Fort Lauderdale fall through the rounds. “You’re too talented to be sitting here right now” said Schnieder.
This demonstrates the NFL’s view on the limited shelf life of a workhorse running back these days and the lack of willingness from Front Offices to pay a high price for a player who statistically will have a shorter football career than other positions in the NFL.
Notwithstanding this McIntosh’s fall into the seventh round had Bulldog fans mystified. In his senior year at Georgia, he was the stand-out running back. In his Georgia career, he amassed 1,582 rushing yards from 280 carries in 49 games. In those 49 games, McIntosh scored 20 touchdowns. This feels an awful lot like the Seahawks bagged themselves a real bargain.
By the time the phone was handed to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, the emotions of the moment had overcome McIntosh and he was in tears. He was trying to let his Mom know about his selection, with Pete Carroll telling him, “Tell your Mom, tell her”.
This goes to show just how much this means to the players drafted. This might be an obvious statement however all too often we, the fans and media are too quick to question the motivation and commitment of the young men we watch on Saturdays and Sundays.
So the raw emotion shown in the immediate aftermath of his selection let the world know just how much a career in pro football meant to Kenny McIntosh and his family.