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Mr. Irrelevant: Taco Wallace

Source: Seattle Times
June 14, 2006

Hawk Notes: Taco tries to catch on again
By José Miguel Romero
Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND — As a rookie, Taco Wallace played in the Seahawks' wild-card playoff game at Green Bay in January 2004.

His future looked fairly bright. He was a special-teams contributor who worked his way off the practice squad to take part in five games in 2003 and 2004.

The playing time was brief, but the former seventh-round draft pick earned his chance. Now he's doing it all over again, trying to win a roster spot at wide receiver with his original team.

Released by the Seahawks early last September, Wallace considered a tryout with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena League. He instead signed with the Green Bay Packers and spent two weeks with them last season before being released. While Seattle was winning its way to the Super Bowl, Wallace was just trying to find work.

The Seahawks signed him in January. Today, Wallace is working his way through Seattle's passing camp, with training camp 6 ˝ weeks away.

"That was the longest year of my life," Wallace said.

But Wallace was grateful to the Packers because he was able to spend the holidays at home in Los Angeles with his family for the first time in eight years.

This time around with the Seahawks, Wallace is more familiar with the offense and feels he has a better understanding of what the coaches are looking for.

"Just come out here and be creative," he said. "I can't do the same thing I did last year or the year before. I have to bring something new to the table, and that's pretty much what everybody has to do."

Wallace's approach is to get a better understanding of the team's playbook and work harder at everything. He's a longshot to make the team at this point, but the advantage he has over other receivers is that he has been with the Seahawks before.

And he did his best not to feel left out while his friends and former teammates were in the Super Bowl.

"That was their team. This is our team now," he said. "When I was home, I was pulling for them. It hurt, because everybody was like, 'You should have been there.' Now I'm ready for whatever they throw at me."

August 29, 2006 Released by the Seahawks.