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Carlson named to Seahawks' anniversary team

SEATTLE -- Despite having played only three NFL seasons, Litchfield native John Carlson was named to the Seattle Seahawks' 35th anniversary team.

"I'm very humbled and very appreciative that the fans picked me," said Carlson by telephone on Sunday. "But in no way, shape of form do I deserve to be on the team with all those great players. People obviously have a short memory."

The fact of the matter is that the Seahawks have not been a team that utilized their tight ends as pass catchers and instead were primarly an extra offensive lineman until Carlson came along.

He already has broken the team's single-season record for receptions (55), receiving yards (627) and touchdown receptions (nine) by a tight end. In his three seasons, Carlson has caught 137 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Carlson was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Seahawks.

"Now I need to work harder and continue to improve," said Carlson, who suffered a concussion after getting upended following a 15-yard reception in the Seahawks' NFC playoff against the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field. He did not return to the game. The Bears won 35-24.

"I'm 100 percent now," said Carlson. "I'm having no problems."

Carlson, who also is second all-time among Seattle tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns in a single season, edged Mike Tice by 18 votes for the spot on the anniversary team.

The team was selected by readers of Tice, also a former Minnesota Vikings tight end, was the pick on the 25th anniversary team.

Carlson was one of four current Seahawks that was named to the anniverary team, joining quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, linebacker Lofa Tatupu and cornerback Marcus Trufant.

"You see names like (wide receiver) Steve Largent, who is in the Hall of Fame and (left tackle) Walter Jones, who will be in the Hall and I really don't belong with that group," said Carlson. "In 35 years, there obviously have been a number of great tight ends on this team."

Obviously, many others disagree with Carlson.