By TIM BOOTH
RENTON, Wash. — As Walter Jones started going through names to give his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he constantly came back to his son Walterius.
The youngster was with him in New York during Super Bowl week when Jones found out he’d be honored in his first year of eligibility and just the third player having spent their entire career with Seattle Seahawks to be inducted. It felt only right to have the 14-year-old give the speech.
Talk about a unique summer vacation project.
“When I asked him if he wanted to present me he was like, ‘Well, there’s nobody else that’s going to do it’,” Jones recalled. “He’s been with me throughout this whole process, so he was an easy answer to present me.”
Regarded as one of the game’s best offensive tackles ever, Jones will get his gold jacket Saturday night and add to a year that has seen the Seahawks reach the pinnacle of the NFL. The party in New York in February didn’t stop with Jones being voted into the Hall of Fame on his first try. That was just the beginning. A day later, he was at MetLife Stadium to watch Seattle’s 43-8 rout of Denver to claim its first championship.