Brandon Mebane, Russell Okung get a homecoming of sorts

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Brandon Mebane shrugged his shoulders and sighed when asked about facing his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, for the first time as a pro on Sunday.

“I haven’t been up there since I left,” Mebane said. “It will be nice to see the stadium once again. I had a lot of good memories up there — good, bad and in the middle.

“Obviously, it’s different. But football is the circle of life. It’s like the Lion King, you know what I mean? One king falls and the next one is crowned. It’s a revolving door.”8

Selected in the third round of the 2007 draft by the Seahawks out of Cal, the 33-year-old Mebane played nine seasons in Seattle before departing to the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency three years ago.

His former teammate in Seattle, left tackle Russell Okung joined the Chargers two years ago in free agency. Mebane serves as a co-captain on defense and Okung a co-captain on offense, helping to fill a leadership void with their championship experience.

“Those guys were right in the middle of all of it,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said about the two. “They were consistent, high performers, and good personalities on the team. Everybody loved Brandon. He was a really unique player and all that. He was here before we got here, so he was kind of one of the old guys that represented the change, and he really took to our style.

“Russell was always an upbeat and active guy, cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale a good communicator. They were great Seahawks when they were here.”

Only five players remain on the current roster in Seattle from the Seahawks team that won the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. At the time, Mebane had been the longest-tenured player on the roster.