And the 2005 winner of the GRAFFY is ...
... J.P. Darche!!!
That's right! J.P. Darche! Who's J.P. Darche, you ask? He hasn't won any awards! I've never even heard of him! THAT is why he's our Graffy winner this year!!
Jean-Philippe Darche has been the long snapper for the Seahawks since he was acquired in 2000. What does Seahawks.com say about him? Let's see ...
2000: Handled all of Seattle's snapping duties in all 16 games. Recorded four tackles on special teams.
2001: Handled all of Seattle's snapping duties for second consecutive season. Had a pair of special teams tackles.
2002: Handled all of Seattle's snapping duties for third consecutive season. Had one tackle on special teams.
2003: Handled all of Seattle's snapping duties for fourth consecutive season. Had five tackles on special teams and forced one fumble.
2004: Handled all of Seattle's snapping duties for fifth consecutive season. Had four tackles on special teams.
2005: Handled all of Seattle's snapping duties for sixth consecutive season. Had two tackles on special teams.
For JP Darche to have been the long snapper for 6 years and not come to the attention of media and fans, he's obviously doing his job. It's a job we take for granted -- a horrible mistake for us to make! I recall a season in the past when we didn't have a dependable long snapper and believe me, it's painful when the snap is blown and the other team capitalizes on our errors! JP Darche has been a runner-up in the Graffy voting since the inception of the award, and it's an honor that's long over due! Congratulations, J.P. Darche! We love you and appreciate you!
There's a great article written before the Super Bowl XL about J.P. Darche. You can read it here.
[Web Author's Note:
2006: Season-ending hip injury that occurred in the 9-6 win over Detroit. Darche was a special teams captain.]