How Jordan Simone went from out of football to playing for the team he grew up rooting for

Former Skyline High standout Jordan Simone has made an impression in a couple weeks as a member of the Seahawks.

Driving home from Los Angeles to Scottsdale the day after Memorial Day weekend, Jordan Simone got a call from his agent with a question both of them knew didn’t really need to be asked.

“Hey, you want to play for the Seahawks?’’ Simone heard as he traveled about an hour outside Los Angeles.

His joyous four-word response can’t be repeated fully in a family newspaper.

A few weeks later, Simone needs just one word to describe the moment — surreal.

As Simone further recounts the journey that brought him to that moment, that word seems almost too tame a description.

A native of Sammamish, Simone attended his share of Seahawks games growing up, often sitting in the Hawk’s Nest, and owned an Earl Thomas jersey.

Suddenly here he has been the last few weeks, sitting in the same meeting room as Thomas, competing for a spot as one of his backups.

But as “amazing” as that has been, to use another word Simone used to describe becoming a Seahawk, he says he hasn’t felt awed by his surroundings.

“I had put in so much work that I knew I was going to get a chance, an opportunity,’’ he said. “So I was more like ‘let’s go. It’s time to go to work.’ My family was super excited. They had the reaction of ‘Oh My God!’ But for me it was like, ‘yeah, it’s time.’ “

In some ways, the work began years ago. Simone and his older brother Gino were each key cogs of the Skyline High dynasty that won three straight state titles from 2007-09.

Jordan Simone, though, had only one scholarship offer his senior year from Eastern Washington and decided instead to join Gino and walk-on at Washington State, immediately earning a prominent role on special teams as a true freshman in 2011.

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