RENTON, Wash. — Russell Okung had about a month break between the end of the Seattle Seahawks’ minicamp in June and the start of training camp.
It was the perfect opportunity for the Pro Bowl left tackle to take a little trip and do a little running — with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
“Well I like hearing that he made it,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “I did ask him, ‘Did you really run with bulls? Did you run alongside of them?’ I think he might have been running alongside the last bull though. But he did make it so ... yeah I was happy to hear that he survived it.”
Taking part in one of the world’s most famous festivals — especially ones involving charging bulls — just weeks before the start of training camp is probably not what the Seahawks wanted to see out of their franchise left tackle. But the 25-year-old isn’t interested in sitting back and missing out unique experiences.
“I think it’s extremely important. We’re young guys and we have this whole life ahead of us to really enjoy the experiences that life has to offer, so why not?” Okung said. “You get the opportunity you’re afforded to even go out there and so it’s pretty good, you should.”
Going to Spain was always an interest of Okung’s, but the idea of Pamplona and participating in the nine-day San Fermin festival didn’t start until a few months ago when he began researching the country. All it took was stumbling upon one picture of a participant in the festival getting gored by a bull for Okung to be convinced that was where he needed to go.
“I was looking at stuff that I wanted to do and all of a sudden I see a guy getting gored by a bull and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want to do,”’ he said.