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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Chris Gray: 121 Consecutive starts & still going! Gray's New Role Part of Larger Line Changes: "Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chris Gray, who holds the club record with 121 consecutive starts at either center or right guard, said he considered retirement after last season. But coach Mike Holmgren asked the 15-year NFL veteran to come back in a reduced role.

'You always think about retirement,' Gray said. 'You just have to make sure you are ready to come back in and give it all the work and effort that goes into the whole season. It is not something you take lightly. You have to put in the work, and it is tough both mentally and physically. I just felt like I have a little bit left. I am not quite ready to hang it up.'

Because starting center Chris Spencer had offseason surgery on both his thumb and shoulder, Gray has been the starting center during the team's May minicamp -- and likely will fill the same role when the Seahawks hold two June minicamps.

However, in the regular season, he is likely to serve as Spencer's backup"

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