After spending the first seven years of his career with the Browns, Ahtyba Rubin relocated this offseason to the Pacific Northwest, joining the Seahawks on a one-year deal.
The change of scenery, as you might imagine, has invigorated the veteran defensive tackle. Forget Cloud 9, he’s found nirvana.
“It’s so beautiful here by the lake, it’s like heaven here,” he said, via The News Tribune.
You don’t see those kinds of views in Cleveland. You also don’t get to play football into January there. Oh, how that’s changed for him. Having never played for a playoff team, Rubin is now part of a perennial powerhouse that was this close to back-to-back Super Bowl titles, and should once again contend in the NFC this season.
Not a bad gig for a guy whose last productive season came in 2011, when he notched 83 tackles and five sacks. And while he’s not guaranteed to play meaningful snaps in Seattle, the 29-year-old Rubin realizes he’s in a much better place.
“These guys are all all-stars and they expect a lot from each other every day,” Rubin said. “Players call other players out in the meeting room if they’re not going hard. (Michael) Bennett … Mebane … they’ll orchestrate the meetings or the warmups or practice routines.
“There’s constant leadership by the players. There’s so many leaders out there, guys who really care so much, I’ve never experienced anything like that in my whole career playing football.”
Rubin will get to show off against his former club on Dec. 20, when the Seahawks host the Browns at CenturyLink Field. You can bet he has that date circled.