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Cooper Helfet is a Seahawks tight end, noticed on the field as a rising football star and off the field as a model. (Photo Credit: Lesley Keefer of Focus Photography)

Getting to know Seahawk (and model) Cooper Helfet

Seahawks tight end Cooper Helfet turns heads both on and off the field, and being part of a world championship football team is just one of the reasons.Alongside a fulltime gig as a professional football player, Helfet also regularly models, supports local charities and visits children's hospitals with teammates in his spare time. We sat down with this jack of many trades, a Lady 12s favorite, to ask some questions from fans on what he favors in life, love and of course, football. Seattle Refined: Tell us three things we don't know about you:

Cooper Helfet: I am South African. My dad was born and raised there so technically I am African-American. I originally went to college for lacrosse, not football. I don't like cheese or milk.

What makes you stand out as a Seahawks player?

CH: I don't know if I stand out but it is interesting that everyone has different hobbies on the team. We're all people, not just football players. We each have interesting hobbies that make us unique. A lot of guys do pottery, bowling I like the outdoors: Hiking, snowboarding, surfing, anything in the water.

Who is your best friend on the team?

CH: Marshawn [Lynch] is my best friend. We have a lot of the same interests. We both make sure to not take life too seriously, which is good for my life and career.

Does your girlfriend have to be a football fan?

CH: I don't care if a girl is into football or even the Seahawks. I want them just to be themselves. Just be who you are and like what you like.

What's been the worst pickup line used on you?

CH: (Laughs) 'You're a Seahawks player?!' I get approached, they say 'hello' and then they pretend they don't know I'm a Hawk. They say, 'Oh my gosh! So funny; I didn't know that!' Of course they know that. I am standing with all the other players.

Okay, now fast facts! Favorite Cereal?

CH: Cracklin' Oat Bran.

Favorite Movie?

CH: Wedding Crashers.

Favorite Hobbies?

CH: Surfing or snowboarding.

Suit or Sweats?

CH: Sweats.

Button Down or Hoodie?

CH: Hoodie.

Blonde or Brunette?

CH: Depends.

Top 3 Songs on your iPod?

CH: No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley), Ambitionz Az A Ridah (Tupac), and Diamond Found Here (Tiesto).

What are your favorite fashion styles for men?

CH: I've modeled now in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. It's a different, slower experience than football, but challenging in it's own right. I love clothes and fashion. My favorites are Del Toro shoes, faded black & grey denim, jogger pants and sweaters & hoodies.

Do you have a favorite quote?

CH: The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt. It talks about people in life that choose to do rather than critique. Whether I fail or succeed at least I am trying, and not just critiquing those who are.

What are some of your goals as a Seahawk?

CH: Of course I want to catch 80 balls in a season and do a million touchdowns. But there are more important things as well; making sure Marshawn has room to run and Russ doesn't get hit. I want to be the best player I can be, not only for myself but for my team mates.

What is your favorite part of being a Seahawk?

CH: Being a part of the community. It is a privilege we get to be able to do things around the community. We as players are fortunate enough to go to Seattle Children's Hospital and put a smile on kids' faces because they're fans. Its a blessing for us more than them really; we feel their gratitude.