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Federal Way native Pulu reflects on chance to play for Seahawks
Andru Pulu, a graduate of Federal Way High School and of Eastern Washington University, was recently signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks.
The 6-foot-2, 290 pound defensive lineman snagged 43 total tackles and 4.5 sacks during this past season at Eastern Washington, and hopes he can bring those skills to bear with the Seahawks and his first taste of NFL level play during the team's off-season activities throughout May and June.
"It's pretty exciting, I've always been a fan of the Seattle Seahawks," he said. "I get to play and I get to stay home as well. The team is really good, and hopefully I can be a part of it. I'm grateful for the opportunity."
One of the changes that all players seem to comment on when taking the step from college to the NFL is how much faster the game is at the top level. Pulu has already noticed this in his couple days of mini-camp, he said.
"It's fast. The pace is way faster, I've got to try and adjust to that. Getting in shape, really, is the biggest thing," he shared.
Pulu graduated from Federal Way High School in 2009 and originally played with the University of Washington. An off-the-field incident led to jail time and the University of Washington eventually let him go, prompting his transfer to Eastern. Pulu said that experience has left him feeling that any adversity can be overcome.
"I overcame that, and whatever happens to me, I'll overcome that too," he said.
Pulu's former Federal Way coach, John Meagher, said he was happy to see his player succeeding.
"All of us at Federal Way High School are excited about this opportunity for Andru," he wrote in an e-mail to The Mirror. "We have been blessed to have the Pulu family be a part of the Eagle family for the past 12 years. We are rooting for him to make the team and I will be the first to own a Seahawks jersey with Pulu on the back if he does."
Pulu's younger brother, Jordan, has been an integral part of the Eagle's success the last couple of seasons, and followed in his big brother's footsteps when he committed to play at Eastern in 2012. For big brother Pulu, though, his hometown has been a big source of inspiration as his football career has taken the path that it has.
"To Federal Way, I would say, thank you for always supporting me," he said.
The Seahawks rookie mini-camp ran from May 16-18, with off-season workouts scheduled for later this month and early June, and another mandatory mini-camp scheduled for June 17-19.