Former Mount Airy and East Carolina football standout Michael Dobson signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday.
Dobson participated in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp in May. The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks travel to Denver tonight for their preseason opener.
The 6-foot, 191-pound safety joins a Seattle team with a much-heralded secondary — led by cornerback Richard Sherman. The “Legion of Boom” secondary also features Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell. Last season, the Seahawks led the NFL in interceptions, pass defense and total defense on the way to a Super Bowl blowout victory against the Broncos. Seattle finished the season with 39 takeaways.
In December, Dobson started at strong safety his final college game with the Pirates in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. Dobson recorded 14 tackles and had an interception in East Carolina’s 37-20 victory against Ohio. He played as a running back during his first three years with the Pirates before making the switch to the secondary.
Dobson, who played in 50 career games with East Carolina, had 42 tackles his senior season.
Dobson led Mount Airy to a 16-0 season and the state 1A title in 2008 — finishing his senior year with 156 carries for 1,758 yards (11.3 yards per carry) and 35 touchdowns. On defense, Dobson finished his high school career with 12 interceptions. He was an all-state selection his junior and senior season. As a junior, he rushed 153 times for 1,638 yards and 33 TDs, as Mount Airy posted a 13-1 record.
As a junior, Dobson was named the Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
The most recent Mount Airy native to play in the NFL was wide receiver James Brim, who played three games with the Minnesota Vikings in 1987. Brim graduated from Mount Airy High School and went to Wake Forest University.