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Friday, October 30, 2009
Seahawks' Hawthorne grew up a Cowboys fan

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Seahawks' Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu has been placed on injured reserve with a torn left pectoral muscle and he'll be replaced by undrafted second-year player David Hawthorne out of mighty Texas Christian University. We had a chance to visit with Hawthorne on 103.3 ESPN in Dallas this week -- and he's not certain which team his father will be rooting for Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

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Hawthorne grew up in Corsicana, Texas, which is about 45 minutes southeast of Dallas. He said his father wore a Cowboys jersey under a Seahawks jersey to last season's game at Texas Stadium. Obviously the loss of a player of Tatupu's caliber hurts, but Hawthorne has played remarkably well in his absence. Hawthorne had 16 tackles (15 solo) and an interception in a 25-19 loss to the Bears in Week 3. Tatupu nicknamed him "The Heater" after he continued to light players up during training camp.

He's only 6-feet, 240 pounds, but he's built like a rock. He was given little chance to make the team, but now it looks like he'll get to start the final 10 games of the season. A member of the Seahawks' coaching staff told me Thursday evening that Hawthorne's one of the best character guys on the team.

It wouldn't surprise me to see Hawthorne have a big day against his "hometown" team.