I unintentionally deleted this entry when trimming back the replies, so to fix it I'm pasting the content into another post between 51 and 49. this is why Hawkstorian is not listed at the poster)
|Fredd||Young||New Mexico St||LB||1984-1988||63||42|
I think this is the longest list in the entire series, a combination of 1 year players and a few who played extended years. This is also the half-way point, so I'd like to take this chance to thank all those that have stuck with me every day. Whether you're learning some of these names for the first time or, like me, using this time to stir up memories of times past, I hope it's been worthwhile.
So far I've listed nearly 500 former players from 99 to 50. From 49-1 there are only about 350, so the lists are going to be mostly shorter, and a few of the numbers from here on out are frankly pretty slim pickings. Stay with it, though, because most of the top players in team history, who also happen to be current Seahawks, are coming up.
On to #50......
Greg Collins was a 2nd round pick of San Francisco in 1975, but was waived at the end of camp in 1976 and claimed by the Seahawks. He played mainly special teams that first year but entered training camp in 1977 as the starting middle linebacker. Unfortunately he spent most of camp injured and was later cut.
DeShone Myles was drafted the same year as Anthony Simmons, and two seemed destined to play together for years. Unfortunately for Myles he had multiple knee injuries and his career ended much too soon.
Our current #50 is K.J. Wright, whose first gift to the Seahawks was accelerating the departure of Aaron Curry. Wright has become a core member of the best defense in the NFL, and hopefully he stays around long enough to take the all-time #50 award away from ...
... Fredd Young. Young burst on the scene as a special teams dynamo, making numerous big hits on potential kick and punt returners. He was quickly a fan favorite and in his second year he took over the starting ILB job from Shelton Robinson. Trouble brewed, however, when Brian Bosworth got his huge rookie contract, and Young held out all of camp in 1988 even though he was under contract for several more years. Fortunately, he was traded to Indianapolis for 2 #1 picks, one of which was used to trade up in 1990 to draft Cortez Kennedy. One thing I always remember about Young was he just seemed like a different level of athlete than we had seen in Seattle before, and it's too bad he let greed and jealousy derail his career.