Ex-player's heart belongs to Seattle


Cornelius Wortham, who now works in Hancock County, was a linebacker on the Seahawks' 2005 Super Bowl team. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — When it comes to picking the winner of Super Bowl XVLIII on Sunday, Cornelius Wortham is stuck – all 6-foot-1-inch, 240-former-NFL-linebacking pounds of him.

“I love what the Manning family stands for,” Wortham said, sitting behind his desk and occupying a sizeable majority of the small office space at Bethesda Lutheran Communities’ Greenfield office. “After all (Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning) has been through, he went right back to work to do what he’s always done. I admire his character.”

However, what little bit of Wortham’s blood that doesn’t flow Alabama Crimson runs Seattle blue and green. The Seahawks, after all, are family.

Wortham, 32, now a program manager for Bethesda, serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hancock County, is one of the relatively few men who’ve witnessed a Super Bowl kickoff at field level, running like a wild, adrenaline-charged bull toward a smaller man with the audacity to catch the ball and the foolishness to believe he could survive running it back against men Wortham’s size.

“I still remember that moment,” Wortham said of the Super Bowl XL kickoff when he lined up with the Seahawks’ kickoff team in 2006.

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