Kiero Small

Cardinal Gibbons star running back Kiero Small leads a host of Archbishop Spalding players down the field as he runs for a first down on the first series of plays. (GENE SWEENEY JR / Baltimore Sun / November 10, 2006)

The Seattle Seahawks have cut former Cardinal Gibbons and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small, according to a league source.

Small was running second on the depth chart behind veteran Derrick Coleman.

Small was drafted in the seventh round by the Super Bowl champions. He was selected with the 227th overall pick.

Small had a long journey to the NFL. After high school, Small attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille.

He then worked at his family's T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American who lined up at fullback and linebacker.

Small accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker who sometimes broke facemasks.

The 5-foot-8, 245-pound Small rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 128 yards last season. He played last season after being granted a medical redshirt for missing all but one game of the 2012 season with a broken foot that required surgery.

Small worked out for the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons and visited the Cleveland Browns. Small also participated in the Ravens' local-prospect day.

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