SALT LAKE CITY — Bobby Wagner has been a staple on the Seahawks defense since Seattle selected the former Utah State linebacker in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. 

Now, Wagner has etched his name atop the tackling category in the Seahawks’ record book.

The former Aggie became Seattle’s all-time leading tackler Sunday in the Seahawks’ 27-20 victory over Atlanta, the latest accolade in a storied career. He passed former Seattle safety and previous record holder Eugene Robinson with his second tackle Sunday and, with six tackles in the game, now has 989 career tackles. 

Wagner took over the record halfway through his eighth pro season, while Robinson had 984 tackles in 11 seasons with the Seahawks.

“I’m honored and humbled, because there were a lot of players who came before me and made this organization what it is. To pass those guys is a blessing. I thank my teammates and my coaches; without them, I wouldn’t be so free to make those tackles,” Wagner said in his postgame press conference. “I’m honored for it, but we have a long way to go. I’ll appreciate it on the long plane ride home, but after that, we’ll move forward.”

Seattle coach Pete Carroll, who’s won a Super Bowl with the star middle linebacker, believes Wagner will never relinquish the record.

“He’s got plenty of years left,” Carroll said in his postgame press conference. “I don’t know how anybody could ever break that record. I think he’s going to own that forever. That’s amazing that he’s there already. It’s just a tribute to the unbelievable player that he is and his discipline, his toughness, his work ethic, everything. That’s an incredible number.”

Wagner, a four-time first-team All-Pro, has 75 tackles this season through eight games and has finished every season in his career with at least 100 tackles, with six of those years reaching 120 tackles or more.

“Hopefully that number continues to grow as I play here,” Wagner said. “I want to play here for a long time. I’m honored to be able to pass the guys who came before us. I’m grateful for my teammates who helped me before this. Just humble.”

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was in the same draft class as Wagner, and acknowledged the daily effort he sees from the team’s defensive captain.

“I think about his work ethic and all that he has put into this game, this franchise and this team, and I have been so happy to do it with him,” Wilson told seahawks.com. “He is a true pro. He is going to be a Hall of Famer. He is a great player, a great friend and a great captain. I am just glad I get to do it with him. We were talking in the locker room about how it is just the beginning for him, and we are all really excited about his accomplishments.”

K.J. Wright, a 2011 Seahawks draft pick who’s played every season at linebacker with Wagner in Seattle, effused praise on his fellow defender and friend.

“He’s the hardest working dude I know, just so consistent,” Wright told seahawks.com. “And that record’s going to get even bigger. It’s going to be fun to watch him just continue to dominate. It has been fun to watch on my end.”

On Sunday, Wagner also played a key role in a momentum-reversing play. After Seattle built a 24-0 halftime lead, the Falcons scored 11 straight third-quarter points and were driving again inside the Seattle 10. 

On a first-and-goal play, though, former Utah safety and Seahawks rookie Marquise Blair stripped Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman of the ball and Wagner recovered at the Seahawks 1 before returning it to the 6-yard line. 

“It was really big. I saw the ball, I think it was Marquise who got the ball out, and I just picked it up — but got tackled before I could take off,” Wagner said of the takeaway. “I was going to try (for a touchdown). Somebody had my legs, and then somebody started trying to grab the ball. I didn’t want to be the guy who fumbled it.”

Here’s a look at how each of the Utah ties on active NFL rosters performed during the eighth week of the 2019 NFL regular season:

VIKINGS 19, REDSKINS 9

Minnesota

  • No locals on roster

Washington

  • Tony Bergstrom, OG, Utah and Skyline High: Played four offensive snaps and three on special teams.
  • Donald Penn, OT, Utah State: Started at left tackle and played all 43 offensive snaps for the Redskins.

SEAHAWKS 27, FALCONS 20

Seattle

  • Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Recovered a fumble on the final play of the first half on a strip sack by fellow defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and also had an assisted tackle for a loss and a quarterback hurry that led to an incompletion while playing 39 defensive snaps.
  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah and Brighton High: Had two tackles, including a solo stop and an assisted special teams tackle, while playing five defensive snaps and 17 on special teams.
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  • Marquise Blair, FS, Utah: Started at free safety and forced a fumble inside the Seattle 5 that teammate Bobby Wagner recovered early in the fourth quarter. He also had a team-high 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, while playing 69 defensive snaps and seven on special teams.
  • John Ursua, WR, Cedar and Westlake High: Not active for game.
  • Bobby Wagner, MLB, Utah State: Started at middle linebacker and recovered a fumble inside the Seattle 5 forced by teammate Marquise Blair in the fourth quarter. He also had six tackles, including a solo stop, and an 8-yard sack with Atlanta in Seahawks territory that helped lead to a field goal two plays later while playing all 80 defensive snaps for Seattle and six on special teams.

Atlanta

  • No locals on roster

NFL locals, Week 8
Top performances


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Marquise Blair, S, Seattle Seahawks


The former Utah defender had a game-high 11 tackles and forced a fumble inside the Seattle 5 in the Seahawks’ 27-20 win over Atlanta.


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Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints


The former BYU quarterback had three catches for 63 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown grab, in the Saints’ 31-9 win over Arizona.


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Jamaal Williams, RB,
Green Bay Packers


The former BYU back scored two touchdowns — one rushing, one receiving — and had 36 total offensive yards in the Packers’ 31-24 win over Kansas City.

EAGLES 31, BILLS 13

Philadelphia

  • No locals on active roster

Buffalo

  • Maurice Alexander, LB, Utah State: Played 19 special teams snaps.
  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Started at cornerback and forced a fumble on a 7-yard sack on a third-down play that forced an Eagles punt. He also had three tackles, including two solo stops, and a quarterback hurry while playing 27 defensive snaps and four on special teams.
  • Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: Started at defensive tackle and had a solo tackle while playing 41 defensive snaps and four on special teams.

CHARGERS 17, BEARS 16

Los Angeles

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Started at cornerback and had two solo tackles, one coming on a third-down play inside the red zone that forced a field goals, while playing all 82 defensive snaps for the Chargers and eight on special teams.  
  • Sam Tevi, OT, Utah: Started at right tackle and played 38 offensive snaps and four on special teams.

Chicago

  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Played nine special teams snaps.

LIONS 31, GIANTS 26

Detroit

  • Miles Killebrew, S/LB, Southern Utah: Had four tackles, including two solo stops and two special teams tackles, while playing nine defensive snaps and 20 on special teams.

New York

  • No locals on roster

COLTS 15, BRONCOS 13

Indianapolis

  • No locals on active roster

Denver

  • Garett Bolles, OT, Utah, Snow College and Westlake High: Started at left tackle and played all 73 offensive snaps for the Broncos and four on special teams.
  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Played 13 special teams snaps.

JAGUARS 29, JETS 15

Jacksonville

  • No locals on active roster

New York

  • Harvey Langi, LB, BYU, Utah and Bingham High: Had two solo special teams tackles while playing three defensive snaps and 13 on special teams.

RAMS 24, BENGALS 10

Los Angeles

  • JoJo Natson, WR/Ret., Utah State: Had one kickoff return for 14 yards while playing eight special teams snaps.
  • Eric Weddle, FS, Utah: Started at free safety and had six solo tackles, including one on a third-down play short of the line to gain, while playing all 83 defensive snaps for the Rams. 

Cincinnati

  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State and Fremont High: Started at linebacker and had three tackles, including two solo stops and a tackle on a third-down play short of the line to gain, and a pass deflection on a third-down play while playing all 62 defensive snaps for the Bengals and six on special teams.

SAINTS 31, CARDINALS 9

New Orleans

  • Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Scored a touchdown on a 5-yard reception in the fourth quarter and had three receptions for 63 yards, including a 22-yard catch to convert a third-down play, while playing 15 offensive snaps and 19 on special teams.
  • Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Started at free safety and had two solo tackles while playing all 49 defensive snaps for the Saints.

Arizona

  • No locals on active roster

TITANS 27, BUCCANEERS 23

Tennessee

  • LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah: Had four tackles, including two solo stops, and a pass deflection while playing 68 defensive snaps and 10 on special teams.

Tampa Bay

  • Matt Gay, K, Utah and Orem High: Made field goals of 22, 48 and 24 yards while playing three special teams snaps.

49ERS 51, PANTHERS 13

San Francisco

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Started at Mike linebacker and had a team-high six tackles, including five solo stops, while playing 55 defensive snaps.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Had three punts for 121 yards — a 40.3-yard average — with a long punt of 46 yards, three punts inside the 20 and a special teams solo tackle while serving as the team’s kickoff specialist and holder in playing 21 special teams snaps.

Carolina

  • Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State and Jordan High: Played 14 offensive snaps and one on special teams.

TEXANS 27, RAIDERS 24

Houston

  • No locals on roster

Oakland

  • Andre James, OT, Herriman High: Played 46 offensive snaps and one on special teams.
  • Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Had four tackles, including three solo stops and a special teams tackle, while playing 25 defensive snaps and 25 on special teams.
  • Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State and BYU: Had an assisted special teams tackle while playing 19 special teams snaps.

PATRIOTS 27, BROWNS 13

New England

  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Started at linebacker and had a solo tackle — a 9-yard sack late in the game — while playing 59 defensive snaps.

Cleveland

  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Had two special teams tackles, including a solo stop, while playing 22 special teams snaps.

PACKERS 31, CHIEFS 24

Green Bay

  • Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Had two tackles, including a solo stop on a 2-yard tackle for loss and a special teams tackle, and a quarterback hurry on an incomplete third-down pass at the Green Bay 10-yard line while playing 33 defensive snaps and 14 on special teams.
  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Scored two touchdowns — his first multi-TD game since 2017 — on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and a 3-yard catch that gave the Packers a 24-17 fourth-quarter lead. He had seven carries for 22 yards and three receptions for 14 yards while playing 32 offensive snaps and seven on special teams.

Kansas City

  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Had three solo tackles while playing 38 defensive snaps and 17 on special teams.
  • Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State: Had a kickoff return for 27 yards and one reception for minus-1 yard while playing two offensive snaps and six on special teams.

MONDAY NIGHT’S GAME

These locals are on active rosters for teams playing in Monday night’s game:

Miami

  • Eric Rowe, CB, Utah

Pittsburgh

  • No locals on roster

LOCAL TRANSACTIONS

  • Bryan Mone, DT, Highland High: The Seattle Seahawks released Mone on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Mone, an undrafted rookie, started the year on the Seahawks’ active roster and had three tackles in his debut against Cincinnati on Sept. 8 before being waived and re-signed to the team’s practice squad in late September.