Strictly business for Brandon Mebane as he faces his old Seahawks team

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Brandon Mebane will play against the team that gave him his first NFL opportunity -- and with whom he won a Super Bowl -- on Sunday when the Los Angeles Chargers face the Seattle Seahawks at the StubHub Center in the preseason opener for both teams.

"It's a football game," Mebane said. "I am not hyped or putting too much on it. It will be good to see a lot of the dudes I have not seen in a while. So it will be interesting to play against them."

Mebane was selected No. 85 overall in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Seahawks. He went on to play nine seasons for Seattle, winning a Super Bowl at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

But Mebane signed with the Chargers as a free agent during the offseason in 2016. With the team in need of a consistent run-stuffer up front, Mebane helped shore up a porous Chargers run defense and has become one of the team's foundational players.

Before Mebane's arrival, the Chargers gave up 4.81 yards per carry in 2015, third worst in the league. But last year the Chargers allowed just 3.82 yards per carry, good for No. 7 in the NFL.

With the franchise relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles, the signing proved to be a homecoming for the L.A. native who played at Crenshaw High.

"I did not think L.A. would have any [NFL] team, to be honest with you," Mebane said with a chuckle. "The only team I thought they would have was UCLA and USC, as far as football."


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