There will be no farewell press conference for Walter Jones. The Seahawks wanted to throw one, but Jones insisted no great fanfare be made on his behalf.
(Compare that attitude to the tearful, hour-long self-congratulating spectacle of Brett Favre’s goodbye two retirements ago.)
Jones’ retirement became official Thursday afternoon with a simple team released statement for the nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle.
We gave our due to Jones earlier Thursday and long-time Seahawks writer Clare Farnesworth has a great piece up on the team’s official website. One his most famous blocks, on Mike Rucker, is three minutes into this video tribute.
The team is honoring Jones by immediately retiring his No. 71. The state of Washington has also declared Friday Walter Jones Day.
To celebrate, we encourage everyone to wrack up as many pancake blocks as possible. And then don’t say a thing.