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Former Viking Shead has a Super dream

Seahawks working second-year safety onto the field more often as they drive for NFL playoffs


SEATTLE — DeShawn Shead already has realized one dream. Now he'd like to fulfill another.

The second-year Seattle safety would love to be a part of the first Seahawks team to win a Super Bowl.

"If we get there and win, I'd be a part of history," Shead said Sunday after Seattle's 17-10 loss to Arizona at CenturyLink Field. "I want to be a part of that. I want to play in it; I want to be a factor in it.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. Right now, playing (in the NFL) is a dream for me. Making it to the Super Bowl? That would be a wonderful opportunity."

It's an upset that Shead is even on an NFL roster. Undrafted out of Portland State, the 6-2, 220-pounder made the Seahawks as a free agent last season. Shead started the year on the practice squad, then was activated for the last four games of the regular season and the two playoff contests. He didn't see the field, but it gave him a head start toward this season.

"I'm a hard worker," he said. "I learn quickly. Here in Seattle, I learn from the best. My hard work and effort paid off."

Shead was active for the fourth time this season Sunday, playing on all four special teams.

"I love special teams," said Shead, a four-year starter in the secondary at PSU from 2008-11. "As a defensive player, you have to. Pop Warner, high school, college -- I've always done special teams."

Shead has seen time on defense this season, too, playing some cornerback against Minnesota and some safety against the New York Giants over the last five weeks.

"I'm starting on our 'big' nickel package and on our goal-line defense," the Palmdale, Calif., native said. "The coaches are trying to work me in and get me on the field.

"Each game, I feel like I get better and better. I'm trying to take in the tricks and learn from the mistakes. That's the best way to learn. If I make a mistake, it's stuck in my head. I'm pretty good at not making the same mistake twice."

Shead, on the second of a three-year contract, expects to be back with the Seahawks next season.

"I'm going to work even harder in the offseason and try to make the (active roster) from the start," he said. "I'm going to do what I can to compete and make that spot."