NFL Football: Lawyer Milloy
Seattle Seahawks fans know Lawyer Milloy as a veteran safety who mentored the young pups in recent years. But the four-time Pro Bowler’s Seattle roots extend beyond the NFL. Milloy is also one of the best players – and athletes – ever to come out of the University of Washington.
Milloy was born in Missouri but came into his own as a standout multi-sport athlete while living and attending high school in Tacoma, Washington. He could do it all – excelling in football but also basketball and baseball.
A teammate of Jon Kitna’s at Lincoln High School, Milloy never left the field; he was a dominant tailback and strong safety. In his senior year, he had 15 rushing touchdowns and seven interceptions. He attracted attention as a pitching prospect in baseball, drafted by the Cleveland Indians and, later, the Detroit Tigers, but stuck with football.
From the moment he chose to attend UW, Milloy was a star. In 1994, he became the first defensive back to lead the Huskies in tackles in 22 years. In 1995, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 status.
The New England Patriots drafted Milloy in the second round of the NFL draft and, in doing so, got a franchise pillar at the safety position. He made the Pro Bowl as a Patriot in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002, reaching the Super Bowl in 1996 and winning it in 2001.
He moved on to Buffalo and Atlanta for several solid seasons in the mid-2000s. In 2009, Milloy returned home, joining the Seattle Seahawks. In 2010, he joined the 20-20 club as a rare NFLer with 20 interceptions and 20 sacks.
Now 37 years old, Milloy is without an NFL team, and his pro career may be finished. But he deserves special recognition as a phenomenal multi-sport athlete and man that spend most of his NFL days among the very best at his position.