Who has bragging rights in chess among the professional athletes in American football? Is it Priest Holmes? Curtis Martin? Well… Shaun Alexander may have something to say about that. The Seattle Seahawk standout recently spent time at Madrona Elementary School to partake in a special tournament organized by the America Foundation for Chess (AF4C). Alexander's foundation (www.shaunalexander.org), in conjunction with his commercial sponsor Sprint, announced a $7500 grant to promote AF4C's "First Move" program.
In a New York Times article dated January 28th, a type of instigating occurred when posing the question of who was the best player in the league. Like Alexander, Holmes has supported chess generously as have other athletes like former boxing champion Lennox Lewis. Alexander will lead the attack with hopes of winning franchise's first SuperBowl title. The 5'11" and 225-pound running back led the National Football League in rushing this year and has scored 28 touchdowns. Alexander's Seahawks will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 5th at 6:00pm EST for the NFL title.
American Foundation for Chess (Press Release), "The Shaun Alexander Foundation SprintBlitz Chess Celebration at Madrona School, " 25 January 2006.
New York Times, "Dazzling Moves on Field and ChessBoard," 28 January 2006.
Chess Base, "Shaun Alexander tackles Chess," 28 January 2006.