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Who is Benson Mayowa?


If it were not for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, there's a chance that Benson Mayowa never would have gotten the chance to live out his NFL dream.

"They brought me in," said Mayowa. "They gave me a shot and I'm really thankful for that. That's one of the reasons I'm still in the league. They let me display my talents and that doesn't happen with everybody. There are a lot of people out there that belong in the league but don't get that shot so I'm really thankful he gave me that shot."

After going undrafted out of the University of Idaho, Seattle signed Mayowa as an undrafted free agent in May 2013, and he played two games for the Seahawks last season, totaling two total tackles in his time on the field.

While the Inglewood, Calif.,-native didn't see a lot of game action last year, he sat and learned from one of the best statistical defenses in NFL history.

"I had a lot of great players in front of me," he said when discussing his time in Seattle. "I had Cliff Avril. I had Chris Clemons, O'Brien Schofield. I had Bruce Irvin and they're all good pass rushers and good D-linemen. You don't really take their style, but you take stuff from each one of those players and bring it into your game. That's something that I did last year. I sat back and watched, and watched what I could have done to get better and bring into my game."

While Mayowa's long-term opportunity didn't come in Seattle, it did however come in Oakland.

The Raiders claimed Mayowa via waivers in late August, and after starting his career in Silver and Black third on the depth chart, he now finds himself in a starting role and is making the most of his opportunity.

"You have to step up when your number's called, and that's what I'm trying to do," he said. "My number has been called and I'm trying to make the most out of it. This is a game of opportunity, so you have to take the opportunity and run with it."

Mayowa is definitely running with his chances on the field. So much so, that it has drawn the attention of Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano.

"Benson's done a really great job," Coach Sparano said earlier this week. "From where he was when he came in here to where he is right now, I think the biggest thing is just that – when we got him, we kind of thought that he would help us in the rush as a pass rusher. What I've noticed is that in the games, he's been around the football in the run game."

On Saturday, Mayowa and the rest of the Raiders will travel north to Washington to prepare for their game against the Seahawks. While each game during the 16-game NFL schedule is important, the former Seahawk did admit that there might be some extra emotion for him on Sunday.

"I'm excited," Mayowa said about his return to Seattle. "I would be crazy to say this isn't a get back game for me. That's what it is for me. I'm trying to go out there and make plays. Every game I'm trying to make plays, but this is a get back game."

To learn more about the Raiders newest defensive asset, check out his appearance on the Silver and Black Show which is set to air on Saturday.

Air Dates and Times:

Bay Area

KTVU FOX 2: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. PT
KICU TV 36: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. PT


KBFX 58: Saturday, 6:30 a.m. PT


CBS 47: Saturday, 11:35 p.m. PT


KQCA MY 58: Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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