Seahawks rookie safety Ken Hamlin, top, levels Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the first half on Sunday. Boldin briefly left the game.
He says they call him "The Hammer" after the first two games. Ken Hamlin's bone-jarring hits have made the Seahawks' rookie one of the big stories early in the NFL season.
Hamlin's best hits — one on New Orleans' Donte' Stallworth in Week 1 and another on Arizona's Anquan Boldin on Sunday — are featured on the TV highlight shows. And Hamlin, who personifies the Seahawks' quick, aggressive and opportunistic defense under coordinator Ray Rhodes, is the most interviewed Seahawks player among local media, after games or practices.
Q: After (teammate) Willie Williams called you "Hitman" after the first game, has that stuck or have guys found another nickname for you?
A: Well, most people call me "The Hammer" or whatever, but I mean, that's their name they want to give me. That's probably been the most frequent one. I think that's one that stuck later on in college and early in the NFL, "The Hammer."