Player Spotlight: LB Jordan Senn

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Before we take a quick look at what we can expect from LB Jordan Senn in 2013, let's take a few moments to examine a most important number on this, the thirteenth day of July.

I like the number 57.

After all, it represents the year that my own mother was born.

Did you know that the number 57 is also the atomic number of Lanthanum, a rare earth metal, which is used to make the batteries in hybrid vehicles?

How can anyone forget the fast paced 'Die Hard' on a plane movie, Passenger 57, starring Wesley Snipes? Frankly, I've never seen it, but that's the description I found in an online review after googling and binging my brains out all night. Don't worry, there were no residual effects that I'm aware of at this particular time.

Because Henry John Heinz and his wife were fond of the numbers '5' and '7' , they decided to put them together when naming their special steak sauce.

Were you aware that the famous Woolworth building in New York City has 57 floors?

Not to be outdone, the Sweet Fairy Rose has exactly 57 petals when fully mature(this can also double as a friendly reminder that a well-timed bouquet can make up for a multitude of mistakes). Just sayin'.

More importantly, we are only 57 days away from our season opener on September 8 at home against the Seattle Seahawks and our very own Jordan Senn just so happens to wear this most glorious number on his jersey.

In case you haven't noticed, the game of football has never been mastered through finesse. It's how well a team performs the dirty work that most often determines the outcome on any given Sunday(It doesn't hurt on Monday, Thursday, or the occasional Saturday playoff game either).

With that being said, Jordan Senn's five year NFL career thus far has been defined by how cleanly he executes the dirty work as a special teamer during kickoffs and punts. To be sure, he's consistently excelled at this most under-appreciated skill ever since he entered the league in 2008, and that is where he will continue to butter his bread. But let's not pretend this is all he can do.

We are less than two years removed from the 2011 season when he was thrust into the starting lineup following a string of injuries at the linebacker position, where he not only played admirably, but he proved that the stage wasn't too big by amassing 39 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and an interception over the final seven games. His play during that span was remarkable given his relatively diminutive frame at 5'11", 225 lbs.

So what can we can expect from Jordan Senn in 2013? More of the same. More contagiously motivating diligence. More special teams tackles. More back-up linebacker duty. More inspiration for Joe Schmo's like myself.

At 29, he's in the midst of his prime, and his experience is simply invaluable. Sure, he's already reached his full potential, but he's found his niche with this team, and I suspect he'll continue to be a integral piece moving forward. So much so that I wouldn't even trade him in for a '57 Chevy.

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