Russell Okung on running with the bulls

As you no doubt know by now, Russell Okung decided to run with the bulls during his recent vacation in Spain. Well he’s back in Seattle in once piece and practicing with the Seahawks, and after Friday’s practice he explained just why he decided to partake in a rather risky activity during his offseason.

“Originally I just wanted to go to Spain and I’m looking up stuff to do, and all of a sudden I see this guy getting gored by a bull,” Okung said.

And of course that made him want to stay far, far away from Pamplona, right?

“I was like, ‘yeah, that’s what I’m gonna do,’” Okung continued.

Well of course. That’s a completely normal reaction.

Asked how the conversation went with Pete Carroll before running with the Bulls, Okung answered: “It didn’t go too well, but the thing they knew about me is that I would be safe and as much as I could, do the right thing.”

A day earlier, Carroll was asked if he liked hearing that Okung decided to run with the bulls.

“Well I like hearing that he made it,” Carroll said. “I did ask him, ‘Did you really run with bulls? Did you run alongside of them?’ I think he might have been running alongside the last bull though. But he did make it so… yeah I was happy to hear that he survived it.”

And on the experience? “Man, all I know is you have a plan and it goes straight out the window.”

Okung added that he didn’t watch a lot of video of the event leading up to it because, “I didn’t want to talk myself out of it.”

Okung said this trip to Spain, and yes, the decision to run with the bulls, were just a part of him trying to enjoy life beyond football: “I think that’s extremely important. We’re young guys and we have this whole life ahead of us to really enjoy the experiences life has to offer. So you know, why not? You get the opportunity to go out there, you should.”

More in Sports

Several Seahawks fined by NFL: Ifedi is docked $24,000

Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson were both fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness penalties.

There’s more to successful hockey than scoring goals

Everett winger Bryce Kindopp has been quietly contributing in many ways to the team’s success.

Seahawks sticking behind kicker Walsh despite struggles

Coach Pete Carroll says ‘He’s our guy,’ and the former Viking says he’s still as confident as ever.

A look at how the Huskies built their strength at linebacker

Tevis Bartlett, Keishawn Bierria and Ben Burr-Kirven all took different paths to starting roles with UW.

UW men’s basketball to retire Tacoma native Thomas’ No. 2 jersey

The NBA All-Star will be honored in Seattle during the Huskies’ Feb. 15 game against Utah.

Thursday’s prep results, with links to recaps

Here are Thursday’s prep sports results, with links to recaps: BOYS BASKETBALL… Continue reading

POLL RESULTS: The NHL has your hockey support

Responders are prepared to support a Seattle NHL team, perhaps at the expense of the Silvertips.

Mariners pick up first baseman Ford from Yankees in Rule 5 Draft

Ford spent last season in Double-A and Triple-A.

Moses Lake wrestling tops Lake Stevens 36-30 in dual

The Vikings battled to the last bout with the Chiefs, but couldn’t pull out the victory.

Most Read