Seahawks safety Chris Maragos' path to the NFL has been anything but straightforward.
....He was a receiver at Western Michigan, looking to transfer, and he got some advice from his brother, Troy, who just so happened to be Wisconsin's team mascot, Bucky the Badger. Through his brother Bucky, errrrr, Troy, Chris got in touch with Wisconsin receiver Luke Swan over Facebook, passing along a video clip of highlights.
From there, Swan gave the Badgers' quarterback a look at Maragos, who in turn encouraged Wisconsin's coaches to take a look. It was July when the Badgers offered him a spot to walk on in 2007. A year later, he switched from receiver to safety for his final two seasons.
Undrafted in 2010, Maragos signed with the 49ers and spent much of that rookie season on the practice squad. He was signed by Seattle last year, first to the practice squad and later to the 53-man roster, where he appeared in 11 games.
He is 5 feet 10 and among the fastest players on Seattle's roster, but he hasn't forgotten that cyberspace connection.
"I'll stay on Facebook forever," he said.
For his sake we hope he didn't use his signing bonus on the IPO;
Facebook's latest figures showing growth in global users also suggest as many as 83 million may come from dubious sources -- duplicate accounts, pages for pets and those designed to send spam.
Facebook members grew to 955 million at the end of the second quarter, but some 8.7 percent may be dodgy, the company said in its quarterly filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
There are "inherent challenges" in measuring usage "despite our efforts to detect and suppress such behavior," the social network said.
....Facebook shares closed down more than four percent at $20.04, a sharp 47 percent decrease from May's offering price of $38.