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HPA Grad Unger Signs Extension with Seattle Seahawks

July 25, 2012, 4:19 PM HST
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The Seattle Seahawks have rewarded Max Unger for his stellar play in 2011 by signing the Hawaii Preparatory Academy graduate to a multi-year extension, avoiding the possibility that he would leave the team in free agency after this coming season.

No terms, beyond the multi-year description, were released by either side, but the Seattle Times reports that the deal would make Unger one of the highest paid centers in the National Football League.

Since offensive lineman don’t run, catch, or throw a football, stats are extremely hard to come by for the big men who battle in the trenches. The most important stat, however, to keep track of is durability. In 2011, Unger played, and started, in 15 of the team’s 16 games. That followed a rough 2010 season that saw him mostly sitting out due to an injured toe. Overall, Unger has played in 32 NFL games since entering the league in 2009, and has started every one of those games.

In a release on the Seattle Seahawks website, Unger showed optimism and appreciation, saying “we have a developing young line that had some success last year that we can build upon this season. It’s a good deal for both of us and I couldn’t be happier to be in Seattle.”

Before being drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Seahawks, Unger played at the University of Oregon.

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