Legendary Seahawk Walter Jones confirms he'll raise the 12th Man flag at the Seahawks home playoff game against New Orleans on Saturday.

                Jones first made the announcement on Q It Up Sports with Q13 Fox Sports Director Aaron Levine on November 14th, and confirmed it again today. The future Hall of Famer also broke the news about his jersey retirement ceremony against Carolina on December 5.

 

               The following is the rest of the story, which originally ran on November 14th:


                “I look forward to it. It’s a special honor,” Jones said. “I had a chance when I was sitting on the sidelines to look up and see a Steve Largent jersey up there – see his number up there. So for me to get my number up there, it’s gonna be great.”

                It was Jones’s first media appearance in Seattle since he announced his retirement at the end of April. He says he has no intention of returning to the NFL.

                “I miss the fellas,” Jones said. “But the actual game? I played for so long and dealt with so much during the game, I don’t miss that part of the game. I enjoy watching the game as a fan.”

                Jones says he follows the Seahawks from his home in Huntsville, Alabama, and is enjoying spending time with his kids. He visited the Seahawks facility in Renton last week for the first time since his retirement announcement.

“To go back and to see those guys, it was great. Those guys – they still respect me and it’s great just be back with those guys and see what’s going on.”

 

The following is a full transcript of the Q It Up Sports interview. The video does not include the entire interview, due to NFL video restrictions.

 

YOU’RE BACK IN SEATTLE THIS MONTH. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE BACK IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST?

It’s great to be back. This is where I played my 13 years. So to come back and just enjoy my time with my kids is great. The weather – I miss the weather, so it’s great to be back.

 

YOU HAD A CHANCE TO ATTEND A SEAHAWKS GAME LAST WEEK WITH YOUR KIDS – HOW SPECIAL WAS THAT FOR YOU?

It was great. Just to come back and see all the fans cheering for you and, you know, a lot of the fans were telling me to suit up! But it was a great moment for my kids to get out there and see the guys getting ready for the game. So to share that with them was great.

 

WHAT DID YOU TELL THE FANS WHEN THEY TOLD YOU TO SUIT UP?

I just laughed at them. You know, it was an honor to respect me in that kind of way. So it was fun.

 

HOW CLOSE DO YOU FOLLOW THE SEAHAWKS FROM HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA?

I follow them every week. I had to get the DirecTV so I can get the game on TV. I just watch them every week to see what’s going on. I talk to some of the guys. Just watch the game as a fan. It’s great to just be a fan of the game.

 

WHO DO YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH – DO YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ANY MEMBERS OF THE TEAM?

It’s changed a lot. I watched the first game of the season just for those new guys – I didn’t know their faces. But a lot of guys on the offensive line, like Sean Locklear, I still talk to him – he keeps me up to date of what’s going on. All I do is sit and watch the game, I cheer, I listen to the commentators, I have my say. I just watch the game as a fan!

 

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE IN ALABAMA – I KNOW YOU’RE ENJOYING YOUR RETIREMENT.

 “That’s the main key. You know, just enjoying my retirement. Just spending time with the kids – enjoying their time. Sitting back and seeing what they’re gonna do. Especially with my son – seeing if he’s gonna get into this game or not.

 

DO YOU THINK YOUR SON’S GONNA BE OUT THERE PLAYING FOOTBALL?

I played this game for so long. I know how tough it is. There’s no pressure from my side to get out there and play. But once he comes to me and say, “hey, Daddy I’m ready to play,” I’m gonna support him 100 percent.

 

I KNOW IT’S WISHFUL THINKING – DO YOU WANT TO COME BACK? DO YOU GET THE ITCH AT ALL?

(Laughs) I watch the game. I miss the fellas. If there’s one thing if you talk to a lot of retired players – if there’s one thing you miss, it’s hanging out with the fellas. But the actual game? I played for so long and dealt with so much during the game, I don’t miss that part of the game. I enjoy watching the game as a fan.

 

I KNOW THE 12TH MAN FLAG IS WAITING FOR YOU. THE HAWKS SAID THE FIRST HOME PLAYOFF GAME THEY’LL HAVE YOU RAISE IT?

I think so. I think they wanted to do it the first game of the season, but I wasn’t quite ready for that. So hopefully the Seahawks make the playoffs, I can come out and raise the 12th Man flag.

 

GOTTA BE NICE TO SEE THE SEAHAWKS DOING WELL THIS YEAR…

It looks good for them. All you’ve gotta do is win your division. I think that’s the number one goal. When I was playing, that was the goal – to win your division. Once you win your division, you’re in the playoffs, and anything can happen once you’re in the playoffs.

 

THERE’S GONNA BE A JERSEY RETIREMENT CEREMONY OF SOME SORT COMING UP?

That’s the word. I think it’s gonna be one of these home games coming up. I look forward to it. It’s a special honor. I had a chance when I was sitting on the sidelines to look up and see a Steve Largent jersey up there – see his number up there. So for me to get my number up there, it’s gonna be great. And for me to be with one team my whole career, that’s gonna be fun – I’m looking forward to it.

 

AND THAT’S DIFFERENT THAN THE RING OF HONOR, RIGHT?

I don’t know how that works. But I know that once they retire my number, they want to go ahead and get that number up in the stadium – I’m looking forward to seeing that number.

 

 

YOU VISITED THE FACILITY LAST WEEK – WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?

That was my first time back since I made the retirement announcement. So to go back and to see those guys, it was great. Those guys – they still respect me and it’s great just be back with those guys and see what’s going on.

 

RUSSELL OKUNG IS GOING THROUGH SOMETHING WITH INJURIES THAT YOU WENT THROUGH YOUR ROOKIE SEASON…

It’s tough. I think that’s just part of the game. You come in as a rookie. You’re a high draft pick and you get hurt. And you know that’s the number one thing – you don’t want to get hurt and you want to go out there and prove that you’re worth that pick. But with a high ankle sprain, you’ve just got to play with it. It’s something that’ll bother you the whole season.

 

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO RUSSELL OKUNG ON INJURIES?

I’d just say just continue to keep working hard at it. Continue to stay in treatment and getting it right. And hopefully he can get back on the field before the season’s over.

 

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH ALL THE ACCOLADES?

I just try to stay humble. Now you can look back and see how blessed I was to go out and play the game at a consistent rate. Now it’s fun to sit back and wonder about the things you did. You didn’t think about it as the game was going on because the game was so fast and so much was going on. But now that you can sit back and talk to your son about it, it was great.

 

LOOKING BACK, ANY REGRETS?

There’s no regrets. I put the years in and I was blessed to play that long. When I came in the game, I was talking to a lot of the veteran guys and I was like, “If I can get to ten years, that would be a great career.” So for me to be able to get to 13 years and have the success that I had – I hate that I didn’t get a chance to bring a Super Bowl to Seattle, but it was great to be a part of something special here in Seattle.”