Bobby Wagner has lived virtually his whole life in an space the place wildfires are a continuing risk.
The Seattle Seahawks linebacker grew up exterior Los Angeles, performed faculty ball in Utah and has spent his whole NFL profession — 11 seasons with the Seahawks, one with the Los Angeles Rams — calling the West Coast dwelling.
When the chance arose to assist stop wildfire disasters, he jumped on the likelihood.
Wagner lately partnered with USAA as a part of its Forestall Protection program to assist stop the disasters from occurring.
“I believe it’s simply my love for the town and understanding. I don’t suppose lots of people perceive that in a spot that rains a lot, wildfires are nonetheless one thing that’s ongoing,” Wagner stated in a latest interview with Fox Information.
“Having the ability to associate with them is extraordinarily wonderful. I really like the stop protection as a result of that’s sort of what I do — I attempt to stop offenses from scoring, I need to stop wildfires from occurring.”
Wildfires have “all the time been a factor” in Wagner’s life, he says. However maybe the worst he is seen is that this 12 months’s fires in Hawaii.
They had been a catalyst for Wagner getting concerned.
“It is one thing that I believe individuals want to concentrate on. … Simply with the ability to perceive how we will stop, perceive the way it does occur and management what we will management,” Wagner stated of wildfires, noting that roughly 90% are began by people.
“It is loopy. You bought individuals’s lives which can be affected. As soccer gamers, you are reminded there’s a lot happening on the earth that has nothing to do with soccer. However when you will have a platform, a possibility to assist others that it impacted … there’s lots of gamers which can be from there, stay there. You discover a means to assist their households.”
As a part of this system, Wagner met with first responders in Washington state, an expertise he stated was “fairly cool.”
“Simply to know the dangers they’re taking, the issues they’re doing, the similarity between our sport and what they do,” Wagner stated. “They save lives and do lots of issues that affect this nation that perhaps does not get highlighted as a lot as they need to. It is actual cool.”
Wagner’s Seahawks are 3-1 after an 11-sack efficiency towards the New York Giants.
“We really feel actually good the place we’re at. Although we’re 3-1, we now have lots of room to develop on the defensive aspect. We have now lots of room to develop on the offensive aspect,” he stated. “We’re nonetheless getting guys wholesome. I don’t suppose this crew has reached its potential but, which is nice. You need to preserve constructing till the tip of the season, and also you need to attain your potential on the proper time.
“I really feel like we will actually do some good issues. However, truthfully, it’s simply taking it one sport at a time with out seeing too far sooner or later. However I like the place we’re at.”