The Seattle Seahawks have announced that Center and Big Island boy Max Unger has signed a contract extension just days before the start of training camp. It’s a multi-year extension, but details were not released. Unger was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and has started in all 32 games he’s played. Unger says he couldn’t be happier. Unger started all 15 games last season but was out the year before with a toe injury.
In 2009, Unger became the first rookie lineman to start all 16 games since Ray Roberts in 1992. He started the first 13 games at right guard before moving to center for the final three games.
Unger’s parents, Cynda and Keith Unger live here on the island, as do his grandparents, Cynnie and Ray Salley, who have McCandless Ranch. Max graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy before going on to be a University of Oregon Duck. His Dad Keith, who is Ranch Manager at McCandless Ranch, joked some years ago it’s good Max is a football player because the 6’5″, 309-pound Max got to be too big to get on a horse.