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Seattle Seahawks safety Chris Maragos (42) tackles Buffalo Bills wide receiver Ruvell Martin during a Dec. 16 game at Toronto. After entering college as a walk-on receiver in 2005 and not getting drafted in 2010, maragos has established himself as a special teams ace for the Seahawks, who play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in an NFC playoff game. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

The essence of Chris Maragos isn’t revealed in statistics, considering he had just five solo tackles and six assists last season.

Instead, what defines Maragos is sheer passion.

The Seattle Seahawks thought so much of their relentless special teams ace who often demands double teams that they signed Maragos to a new contract Thursday that more than doubles his salary. The 2005 Horlick High School graduate, who was an restricted free agent, will earn $1.32 million this season after making $540,000 in 2012.

“It’s phenomenal,” the 26-year-old Maragos said. “Just to be in a position like this is humbling and I’m truly fortunate to be a part of such a great organization. To continue my career as a Seahawk, I couldn’t be any happier.”

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When asked what he plans to do with his new riches, Maragos made it clear that a new house or sleek car isn’t on the horizon.

“We feel that we’ve been so blessed that we want to be a blessing,” said Maragos, also referring to his wife,

Serah. “We want to use our finances and what God’s given us bless others and to obviously take care of my wife and son (Micah).”

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