James Brindley's first brush with the National Football League provided the former Nevada Union High School star with a crash course in the cold-hard business of professional sports.
But after being cut from the Seattle Seahawks last year, his short stint with the team has also offered him another opportunity at making his NFL dreams a reality.
Brindley, a 2006 Nevada Union grad and former Utah State University standout, re-signed with the Seahawks Tuesday. The 5-foot, 11-inch safety said he signed a three-year deal that will pay him more than $1 million over the life of the contract. However, as Brindley learned last year, that deal is only valid as long as he makes the team.
"I learned a lot last time," he said. "It is strictly business.
"But (Seahawks coach) Pete Carroll brought into his office after they released me and told me it's not that they didn't like me and that they might bring me back to see what I could do on special teams.
"This year I'll be reporting two months before I did last year, basically giving me a better opportunity to get more reps with the team and kind of show them what I can do."Brindley said he's excited to get an opportunity to play for a franchise that appears to suddenly be on the rise. The Seahawks won the NFC West Division in 2010 and, despite their 7-9 overall record, shocked the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints 41-36 in an NFC Wild Card playoff game on Jan. 8.
The Seahawks then fell to the Chicago Bears 35-24 in the second round of the NFC playoffs.
"Pete Carroll's been fired up since the first day," Brindley said. "He told us 'Why not be the best we can be today and every day?' I'm excited to go back up there.
"Despite their record, they accomplished a lot with it being Pete Carroll's first year up there. The city is excited and I'm excited to be part of that franchise."
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