No news was good news for former University of Hawaii football player John Ursua.
By not being alerted by today’s 10 a.m. deadline to pare NFL rosters, Ursua has made the Seattle Seahawks’ opening-day 53-man roster.
“The process is different,” Ursua told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai in a telephone interview. “It’s opposite the draft. You don’t want to receive a phone call. If you receive a phone call, then you’re cut. They let you know by not letting you know.”
But 30 minutes after the deadline, Ursua received congratulatory texts.
“It’s official,” Ursua said.
Ursua had decided to relinquish his senior season at UH to apply for the 2019 NFL Draft. The Seahawks traded a 2020 pick for the seventh-round spot used to select Ursua this year.
Ursua was used in the slot, where he played for the Rainbow Warriors, and wideout in the Seahawks’ preseason games.
“I try not to be one-dimensional,” Ursua said. “I want to do it all.”
Ursua grew up on Hawaii island before before moving to Utah for the start of his sophomore year of high school. He attended three high schools in Utah, including two as a senior, before working for a year and then going on a two-year church mission in Paris.
“I’m extremely blessed,” Ursua said of making an NFL roster. “It’s a huge accomplishment for me. I have this opportunity they’re giving me, this chance to prove myself. I was a later draft pick. You’re always on the bubble when you’re a later pick. To have this opportunity is super cool.”
In other notes around the league:
>> Former UH safety Trayvon Henderson was among the players released by the Cincinnati Bengals today.
>> Former UH offensive lineman Dejon Allen was cut by the Green Bay Packers on Friday after signing two days earlier. He played in the Packers’ preseason finale against Kansas City on Thursday.