Cliff Avril takes a radio job in Seattle

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At varying points, Cliff Avril said he wanted to continue to play football.

But the former Seahawks defensive end, whose 2017 season ended with a neck injury, has found another job.

Via our Curtis Crabtree, Avril has taken a job as the midday co-host of a radio show on 950 KJR-AM.

I’m excited to join the KJR team!” Avril said. “Seattle is home and I can’t wait to cover the best sports city in the world.”

The station referred to Avril’s job as a “next chapter,” and comments from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll over the weekend suggested that Avril was, in fact, done with football. The Seahawks released him with a failed-physical designation last week.

“Cliff was a fantastic player for us,” Carroll said. “We were very fortunate to get him back when we did years ago. And because of where he had been and what he had been through, he came in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, and did nothing but great stuff. He has been a great leader and a bit of a statesman for us. He always says the right thing and stands for the right stuff and he has been a really high-character guy who you can just always count on.

“He has had a great career with us, we couldn’t have done it without him. I know this is a turn for him, but it’s a good turn. He’s had a good career that he put behind him and he’s moving on feeling good, and we’ll always be grateful for all the work he brought us.”

Avril spent 10 years in the league, the last five with the Seahawks.

12 responses to “Cliff Avril takes a radio job in Seattle

  1. One of the very few Seattle players I liked. Hope he does well. On a side note: isn’t it great watching Seattle implode? It’s like Christmas in spring.

  2. There’s a hilarious clip out there of Avril doing a segment at a local TV station, then accidentally walking across the weather set while on air. He proceeded to immediately do his best impression of a weatherman. I think he’d be a blast as a local media personality. Plus his neck will remain in one piece.

  3. niners816 says:
    May 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    One of the very few Seattle players I liked. Hope he does well. On a side note: isn’t it great watching Seattle implode? It’s like Christmas in spring.
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    Speak for yourself.

  4. Good for him. Good for the Seattle Area. Best of Luke and hope it is a long, enjoyable second career.

  5. niners816:

    We already had our Christmas the last couple seasons when we saw 49ers implode. I personally can’t wait for Jimmy-G to end up being a bust and have 49ers strapped to a contract that will tie them up for years.

  6. It’s not imploding, it’s just turning over the defensive roster – happens to pretty much all teams every 5 years or so. You can get away w some older guys on offense, esp at QB and O-line, but name me one great aging defense? It just doesn’t exist. A few freak injuries have hastened things by a year or so in Seattle – but this is just modern day football.

    The test for Seattle’s management will be whether they can build something great again – the really good teams do. Time will tell if our guys can do it.

  7. niners816 says:
    May 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    One of the very few Seattle players I liked. Hope he does well. On a side note: isn’t it great watching Seattle implode? It’s like Christmas in spring.
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    We’ve won nine in a row versus you.

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