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    #50
    FirstLastCollegePosYearsGamesStarts
    GregCollinsNotre DameLB1976130
    AmosMartinLouisvilleLB197720
    LarryPolowskiBoise StateLB1979140
    BrianFlonesWashington StateLB1981-1982130
    FreddYoungNew Mexico StLB1984-19886342
    VernonMaxwellArizona StateLB198997
    DaveAhrensWisconsinLB1990103
    AnthonyDavisUtahLB1993100
    DuaneBickettSouthern CalLB1994-1995221
    DeShoneMylesNevadaLB1998-2000177
    SolomonBatesArizona StateLB2003-2004183
    CorneliusWorthamAlabamaLB2005100
    LanceLaurySouth CarolinaLB2006-2009600
    BenHamiltonMinnesotaG201076
    K.J.WrightMississippi StateLB2012-20134844


    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.

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  • #49
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    ErnieJonesMiamiCB197693
    EdMarinaroCornellRB197720
    CurtisRandallLouisiana TechLB200440
    JoshParrySan Jose StateFB 200680
    JeffRobinsonIdahoLS2007-2009230
    Clint GreshamTexas ChristianLS2010-2013710


    Ernie Jones was a 5th round draft pick in 1976 but was cut at the end of camp. He was brought back for week 6 which just happened to be the Seahawk's first win in team history, so perhaps he deserves some credit there. He ended up starting 3 games later in the year but didn't make it out of camp the following year. He landed with the Giants, playing 3 years and started all of 1978.

    Ed Marinaro was signed late in 1977. He played in two games but never had a carry. He went on to co-star as officer Joe Coffey in "Hill Street Blues".

    #49 laid dormant on Seahawk sundays for the next 27 seasons. It has recently been the domain of long-snappers, and Clint Gresham has established himself as one of the very best.

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  • #48
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    KenMcAllisterSan FranciscoS1982-1983110
    GaryWimmer StanfordS198330
    DerekRackleyMinnesotaLS2006-2007220


    I just wanted to get #48 out of the way, since there's not much lipstick I can slop on this pig. If your kids dream of being the best ever Seahawk at a certain number, let me recommend they ask to wear #48.

    Ken McAlister made the roster in 1982 as an undrafted free agent. He never played college football and made the team on his athletic ability alone. He was cut after 2 games in 1983 and went on play linebacker for Kansas City.

    I suspect the only reason Gary Wimmer wore #48 is he took over McAlister's locker.

    The latest guy to wear #48 was LS Derek Rackley who was cut in favor of Boone Stutz. I'm still bitter, so I'm giving the MVP to McAlister.

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  • #47
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    ShermanSmithMiami, OHRB1976-19828268
    AndreHardySt. Mary'sRB198531
    EddieAndersonFort Valley StateS198650
    MikeJonesTexas A&MTE199241
    KirbyJacksonMississippi StateCB199400
    TodMcBrideUCLACB200400
    BenJoppruMichiganTE2006-2007200


    It's hard to tell you about Sherman Smith because I'm afraid my memories are skewed from the reality of his contributions. Smith embodies the true ups and downs of the early Seahawk teams. He was the leading rusher the first 4 years of the franchise, but he never had more than 200 carriers or 1,000 yards and this was in the age of great running backs. Smith was a college quarterback, drafted as a wide receiver and settled in as a productive runner but also receiver out of the backfield. He always seemed on the verge of greatness, and he certainly LOOKED like he should dominate, but as with many others, injuries wore him down far too soon. He spent '80 and '81 trying to get healthy and even started again most of '82, but was pretty awful, barely managing 3 yards a carry.

    Despite all that, my memories hold on to him as my favorite player in the early years after Zorn and Largent. It is fitting that one of the best original Seahawks was a coach on the eventual championship team.

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  • #46
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    TedBachmanNew Mexico StateCB197650
    DavidHughes Boise StateFB1981-19857329
    JamesonKonzKent StateTE2010-201110


    Ted Bachman was claimed by the Seahawks off waivers from Cleveland, then was cut 5 weeks later and finished the year in Miami.

    David Hughes was listed as a fullback, back when fullbacks were still considered offensive weapons. When Curt Warner went down with his knee injury on opening day of 1984, the Seahawks employed a true running back by committee, with 6 different runners having 50 or more carriers, but none having more than 100. Hughes led the team in rushing that year with 327 yards on 94 carries. He finished his Seahawk career with 1009 rushing yards, 100 more than Mack Strong.

    Our most recent #46 was Jameson Konz who has been on and off the roster and practice squad so many times it's hard to remember he actually got in a game once in 2011 and promptly hurt his knee and ended the year on injured reserve. I suspect we haven't seen the last of him. KONZ!!!!!!

    Our #46 MVP -- David Hughes:

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  • #45
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    RollyWoolseyBoise StateCB19761411
    KenEasleyUCLAS1981-19879593
    ColemanBellMiamiTE199600
    KevinHouserOhio StateLS2009140


    Rolly Woolsey was an expansion draft "diamond in the rough". He was a 6th round pick from Dallas and started most of 1976 for Seattle. He collected 4 interceptions, but knee problems slowed him down late in the year and he was cut the following summer. He went on to return punts for Cleveland.

    After going 9-7 in 1978 and 1979, the Seahawks quickly regressed to 4-12 in 1980 going 0-8 at home. As a result the Seahawks drafted #4 overall, selecting Safety Ken Easley from UCLA. The #2 pick was Lawrence Taylor.

    In modern terms, I've heard Easley compared to a combination of the speed of Earl Thomas and the attitude of Kam Chancellor. I think that's not too far off. He was always one of the smartest men on the field, and the unquestioned leader. Unfortunately, Easley's career fell far short of his immense talent because he just couldn't stay healthy. He was NFL defensive player of the year in 1984, in which he was ridiculously the best player on the field each week. Easley in '84 and Cortez in '92 are the two best defensive seasons a Seahawk player has ever had, the biggest difference being Easley was able to propel the team to a 12-4 record.

    Unfortunately he was never the same after that. He played through injuries in '85 and '86, ending both years on the sideline. Toe problems curtailed his speed and the medication he consumed to stay on the field ultimately ended his career. Despite his shortened career, he was at his peak the best Seahawk defender (and perhaps player) in team history.

    #45 seemed to be defacto retired for many years, even though nothing official ever transpired. That's why it seemed a little odd when LS Kevin Houser wore #45 in 2009, the only player since Easley to wear #45 on the field.

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  • #44
    FirstLastCollegePosYearsGamesStarts
    RalphNelsonNoneRB197673
    JohnHarrisArizona StateS1978-1985124117
    DerrickFennerArizona StateRB1989-19913223
    DaveMcCloughanColoradoS1993-1994293
    BrianMilnePenn StateFB1999110
    HeathEvansAuburnFB2001-2004631
    FredMcCraryMississippi St.FB200760
    SpencerWareLouisiana StateFB201320


    There have been 3 player in Seahawk history who did not attend any college. Two of them were kickers, and the other was Ralph Nelson. Nelson played in the WFL at age 20 and eventually got picked up by the Redskins. He was waived and picked up by the Seahawks, gaining 173 yards in 1976 on 52 carriers.

    Derrick Fenner was an interesting story. He spent time in jail during college for murder charges that were eventually dropped. He was drafted in the 10th round in 1989 and seemed to be the heir apparent to Curt Warner, but after a dismal 1991 he went to Cincinatti in "Plan B" free agency and managed to stick around another 6 seasons in Cincy and Oakland.

    Our most recent #44 is Spencer Ware, who started the season as a backup fullback, but a sprained ankle left him on the sideline most of the season. I think we're all a little curious what his role will be in 2014.

    John Harris was a 7th round draft pick but started every game his rookie season, and most every game for 8 season. He is one of only two Seahawks ever to have 10 interceptions in a year, leading the league in 1981 and his 41 career picks are 3rd all-time for the Seahawks. He was one of the great DBs in team history yet he's often forgotten because he played with Easley and Brown.

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  • #43
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    JimJodatCarthageFB1980-19812819
    RandallMorrisTennesseeRB1984-1988622
    TracyJohnsonClemsonFB1992-19956315
    JoeyElomsIndianaCB1998-199960
    LeonardWeaverCarson-NewmanFB2005-20084912


    By 1981 the state of the Seahawk's running game was pretty desperate. David Sims had his career end and Sherman Smith hadn't been a consistent threat. In the early '80s the Seahawks had several running backs who came in and provided some amount of short term 'hope' that the team could have a great running game. Among those who showed some flash were Lawrence McCutcheon, Theotis Brown and Jim Jodat.

    Jodat came to the Seahawks in a trade with the Rams and had their first 100 yard rushing game in what seeme like forever in a week 3 win over Washington. He led the team in rushing in '80, but only had 31 carries in '81 and was cut in '82.

    Randall "Too Hard to Handle" Morris was actually not that difficult to handle.

    Our most recent #43 was Leonard Weaver, who made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2005 and was a decent offensive threat, especially as receiver.

    Jodat and Weaver are close for MVP at #43, but Jodat had more TDs.

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  • #42
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    DonTestermanClemsonFB1976-19784426
    KeithSimpsonMemphis StateCB1978-198511372
    ChrisWarrenFerrumRB1990-199712389
    KrisRichardSouthern CalCB2002-2004391
    MikeGreenNorthwest St.S2006-2007171
    T.J.DuckettMichigan StateRB2008160
    ChrisMaragosWisconsinS2011-2013480


    Don Testerman was among the throng who came to the Seahawks on the eve on the 1976 season and played 3 years, splitting carries with Sherman Smith. He was among the more consistent players on those early offenses, but he was traded to Washington after the 1979 season.

    Keith Simpson was a 1978 first round draft pick and part of the great secondary's that included Dave Brown, Ken Easley and John Harris. He was probably better suited to play safety, and his career suffered as a result, but he's still one of the really good defensive players from those '80s teams.

    Kris Richard is probably the best former-Seahawk-turned-Seahawk-coach in team history. At some point I'll go back and list all the former players who also have coached, but has anyone done better than Richard?

    The most recent #42 was the recently departed S Chris Maragos, who was a top special teamer, but rarely cracked the DB rotation.

    Chris Warren had the best peak of a Seahawks runner up until Shaun Alexander. His 1,545 rushing yards in 1994 set the team season record and he finished his career with 1 more yard than Curt Warner. It is very difficult to put Warren or Warner ahead of each other in ranking their careers. Warner had more TDs and more receiving yards, while Warren had a lot of success as a kick and punt returner early in his career. There's a tendency to discredit Warren's career because of his running style, but I still think he should be considered among the all-time great Seahawks and certainly the best #42 in team history.

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  • #41
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    EddieMcMillanFlorida StateCB1976-19772828
    WillLewisMillerville St.CB1980-1981260
    EugeneRobinsonColgateS1985-1995172154
    DustinJohnsonBrigham YoungFB199910
    ByronMaxwellClemsonCB2011-2013388


    Eddie McMillan was one of the better choices in the expansion draft. He was a former starting CB with the Rams and came to Seattle and started every game the first two seasons. He intercepted 4 passes in 1977 and was a co-captain. He was cut in camp the following summer, so not sure what went south there. I can't find any injury history or other reason he'd lose his job during what should have been his peak years, but that's football.

    Will Lewis played two years as a backup DB and punt returner, eventually came back and worked in the scouting department for many years before going off to Kansas City.

    Concussions have been a big story in recent years, so let's not ever forget Dustin Johnson. He made the team as a backup FB in 1999, and got knocked out on the opening kickoff. He was motionless of the Kingdome turf for what seemed like forever and his career ended that day. I always wondered how his life turned out. It's important to remember that the guys who just get a brief taste of the NFL sometimes pay a price that lasts the rest of their lives.

    Our current #41 is Byron Maxwell, who stepped in when Brandon Browner went down. One thing I love about this team is when backups step in the team actually seems to get better.

    The all-time #41 in team history is the great Eugene Robinson, one of my all-time favorites. Back in the early '90s the Seahawks were pretty terrible, but the defenses always kept the games at least close. Robinson was the leader, and was voted MVP by his teammates in 1991 and 1993, which were also Cortez Kennedy's peak years. I remember watching those teams, and Robinson was always putting teammates in the right spot, like a coach on the field, and he sustained that greatness over many years.

    For you younger fans, watch the way Earl Thomas makes the rest of the defense click. Eugene Robinson brought that to the team, Earl has just taken that to a different level.

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  • #40
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    WalterPackerMississippi St.CB1977100
    JohnWilliamsWisconsinFB198520
    OliverCelestineTexas SouthernS2006150
    LouisRankinWashingtonRB200970
    ChrisHenryArizonaRB201010
    PhilipAdamsSouth Carolina St.CB201110
    Eddie WilliamsIdahoFB201131
    JohnHowellColorado St.S2005-2006110
    DerrickColemanUCLAFB2012-2013153


    Quite a list, eh? 2 guys in 30 years and 7 in 10 years.

    Walter Packer was signed on the eve of the 1977 and was primarily a kick and punt returner but he was cut abruptly after 10 weeks, probably a result of 'fumblitis'.

    Not much to say about the rest of the list. Philip Adams is back on the team, currently #28.

    Derrick Coleman has done enough in his short time to surpass all #40s in team history. He leads in games, starts and has even scored a touchdown. He also played great special teams, especially in SBXLVIII. An easy choice for MVP.

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  • #39
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    BillOldsNebraskaFB197611
    BrianAllredSacramento StateCB1993-199440
    JeramyLincolnTennesseeCB1997123
    C.J.WallaceWashingtonS2007-2009260
    KennardCoxPittsburghCB2010-2011250
    BrandonBrownerOregon StateCB2011-20133838


    The starting backfield on opening day 1976 was rookie Andrew Bolton and expansion pick Bill Olds. Neither player would be on the roster 6 weeks later. Olds had 2 carries for 9 yards and was cut before week 3. Such was life on an expansion roster.

    #39 was little used until recent years. Brandon Browner came out of the CFL and re-defined our idea of what a CB looks like. It's a shame he couldn't finish the year, but he definitely earned his Super Bowl ring.

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  • #38
    FirstLastCollegePosYearsGamesStarts
    EdBradleyWake ForestLB19761414
    CornellWebsterTulsaS1977-19805233
    RayWilmerLouisiana TechS198430
    LouBrockSouthern CalCB198810
    MackStrongGeorgiaFB1993-2007209111


    Ed Bradley started every game at MLB in 1976, but was traded in the off-season to San Francisco for DT Bill Sandifer. I show 55 players on the roster in 1976. Of those 30 were not around at all in 1977. However, 13 players were still there in 1979 and 6 were still there in 1982, 7 years later. By comparison, the current Seahawks have 1 player who's been around 7 years. Only 16 players on the roster in 2010 were also there in 2013. Draw your own conclusions.

    Cornell Webster is an interesting story. He was an undrafted free agent in 1977 and the starting CB by 1978 and one of the best players on the team at that point. However, things got strange in 1980. He disappeared during training camp for few days, and then showed up again. After week 6 in 1980 he decided to retire, but 6 weeks later came back, played 2 games, and then was suspended for not showing up for medical appointments. Sounds like he was fighting knee problems.

    Lou Brock is the son of the former Mariner's manager and baseball Hall of Famer.

    I don't think we'll ever see a career like Mack Strong again. He started on the practice squad and started at fullback in 1996 only to lose the job in 1998. He was cut in 1999 but re-signed. Meanwhile, the list of fullbacks brought in to replace him his laughably large. After all that, he became the dominant blocker and leader after about 9 years on the team. His career best rushing came in 2003, his 10th year in the league. In 2006 he had 308 yards from scrimage, the 2nd highest in his 14 year career. He was a far better player at 35 than he was 25! He'd still be going if a neck injury hadn't stopped him at age 36.

    In 14 seasons he managed a meager 909 career rushing yards, but his lead blocking for Shaun Alexander is what we remember best. A true class guy and fan favorite.

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  • #37
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    HughMcKinnisArizona StateRB1976115
    EricLaneBrigham YoungRB1981-198710312
    NateOdomesWisconsinCB1994-199500
    EricStokesNebraskaS1997-1998110
    ShaunAlexanderAlabamaRB2000-2007128106


    The turnover on the 1976 roster was pretty heavy, and no more than in the backfield. Hugh McKinnis lasted all the way through the 1976 season, even rushing for 4 TDs, but the former expansion draft pick didn'tsurvive final cuts in 1977.

    Eric Lane was sort of like the Mack Strong of the '80s, doing everything to stick around -- mostly blocking and special teams. He was part of the crowd that filled the void in '84 when Curt Warner went down. He's one of the great 'unsung' Seahawks in history.

    Ken Behring deserves all the malice he earned -- but he did at least make attempts to spend money in the early days of NFL free agency. In 1994 Nate Odomes was probably the top player at a position the Seahawks were sorely at need. Odomes will never show up in a Seahawk 'official' roster, but the Seahawks did step up and try to bring on a top-flight player. Unfortunately, knee injuries kept him from ever seeing the field.

    Shaun Alexander was flat-out the best RB in team history. I have no patience for people who try to diminish his accomplishments by saying he had a great offensive line, or that he couldn't play hurt. The bottom line was he had a period of years where he lit up the stat-lines like no other runner we could ever imagine. Sometimes it's just hard to appreciate what we have until it's gone. Shaun ran like nobody else in team history and made most defenses look stupid. I'll always appreciate the player he was, and I hope you will also.

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  • #36
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    KenGeddesNebraskaLB1976-19783725
    LarryBrinsonFloridaRB1980-198170
    ReubenMayesWashington StateRB1992-1993170
    LamarSmithHoustonRB1994-1997434
    BennieBladesMiamiS1997109
    TerryMcDanielTennesseeCB199890
    MertonHanksIowaCB1999111
    AlvinPearmanVirginiaRB200730
    LawyerMilloyWashingtonS2009-20103420
    DannyGorrerTexas A&MCB201200
    RonParkerNewberryCB2011-201240


    Ken Geddes was one of the better expansion picks. He had started the previous 3 years for the Rams and started two years in Seattle before losing his starting job to Keith Butler in 1978.

    Two guys could be picked as the MVP at #36. Lamar Smith was primarily a backup to Chris Warren, but averaged over 4.5 yards a carry. His average would have been higher but the end zone kept getting in his way.

    Lawyer Milloy backed up Jordan Babineaux in 2009 and started all of 2010. He deserves some credit for mentoring a couple of young safeties named Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

    All respect to Milloy -- but Lamar deserves the MVP:

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  • #35
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    DavidSimsGeorgia TechFB1977-19992912
    MarkMooreOklahoma St.S198760
    SteveSmithPenn StateFB1994-1995257
    JayGrahamTennesseeRB2001110
    ChrisDavisSyracuseFB2003-200410
    EtricPruittSouthern MississippiS200590
    GerardRossFlorida StateCB200610
    OwenSchmittWest VirginiaFB2008-2009302
    DeShawnSheadPortland StateS2012-201380


    Offenses (and defenses for that matter) have change dramatically during the history of the Seahawks. Back in the '70s and into the '80s, two back offenses were still in vogue, often in a "split back" formation. In a split back offense, either back could take the handoff. The Seahawks staple running play for years was the "sprint draw", in which the quarterback would sprint out before handing off or engaging play action. With defenses so damn fast these days I don't think you could do it anymore, but when it worked it was pretty effective. In 1977 and 1978 the split backs were usually Sherman Smith and David Sims.

    Sims was a 7th round pick in 1977 but became the starting fullback in 1978. He led the NFL in touchdowns that year, quite a feat for a low round draft pick on a third expansion team. He was one his way to holding the starting job for years to come, but he went down with a neck injury in week 2 of the 1979 season and his career was over. Two weeks after the injury, he suited up one last time, rushing 4 times, and even throwing an 18 yard pass to Brian Peets. In today's NFL, doctors would never have let him back on the field. When I think of great Seahawk careers cut short, Sims tops the list.

    Let just ask one thing about Etric Pruitt. When Marquand Manuel went down in Super Bowl XL, why did Pruitt go in and not Jordan Babineaux?

    There was a moment in Super Bowl XLVIII where Kam Chancellor limped off the field and DeShawn Shead came in for a few plays. I have to admit I was slightly petrified at that moment. Fortunately Kam came back in and all the demons from 8 years earlier were exorcised.

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  • #34
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    RufusCrawfordVirginia StateRB1978160
    TonyGreenFloridaRB1979110
    JimWalshSan Jose StateFB198040
    TerryMillerOklahoma StateRB198110
    FrancoHarrisPenn StateRB198486
    TonyBurseMiddle Tennessee St.RB1987131
    KevinHarmonIowaRB1988100
    BrianDavisNebraskaCB1990-1992292
    DionLambertUCLACB1994-199511
    ReggieBrownFresno StateFB1996-20006211
    TerrealBierriaGeorgiaS2002-20043012
    DavidKirtmanSouthern CalFB2006-200760
    RoyLewisWashingtonCB2009-2011320


    13 names and no one to really get excited about. Rufus Crawford was a punt and kick return in 1978. The Seahawks's 1979 media guide proudly declares that he was 8th in the AFC in punt returns and 9th in kickoff returns. So basically he was below average. He was cut the following summer.

    A few years ago I saw something about Franco Harris doing an autograph signing event, but one of the stipulations was he would not sign anything Seahawks related. Yeah, thanks for taking our money and sucking and then trying to pretend it never happened, ASSHOLE.

    Our most recent #34 was former Husky Roy Lewis, who had a nice role as nickle back and special teamer. He was kind of an earlier version of the bigger corner that we've had great success with.

    So really, I have to pick an MVP from this list? Who's idea what that? Brian Davis is probably the best (maybe only) caucasian CB we've ever had, and the dude was lighting quick. Terreal Bierria has the most starts, but my memories of him have been repressed. Reggie Brown managed to score 1 TD in 61 career games as a Seahawk.

    I'll pick Reggie Brown, but I'm hopeful this upcoming draft will produce a replacement.

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    FirstLastCollegePosYearsGamesStarts
    AndrewBolton FiskRB197652
    DanDoorninkWashington StateFB1979-19859845
    TommieAgeeAuburnFB1987-1988170
    ElroyHarrisEastern KentuckyRB1989140
    DedrickDodgeFlorida StateS1991-1992250
    DarrylWilliamsMiamiS1996-19996362
    MauriceKellyE. Tennessee StateS2000-2001243
    DougEvansLousiana TechCB2002-2003180
    MarquandManuelFloridaS2004-20053514
    JoshScobeyKansas StateRB2005-2007370
    JustinGriffithMississippi StateFB20091311
    LeonWashingtonFlorida StateRB2010-2012522
    ChristineMichaelTexas A&MRB201340


    Andrew Bolton was a 4th round pick in 1976 and the starting RB in the team's inaugural game. He had 12 carries for 37 -- nothing all that great but hey we've seen worse. He had exactly one more carry in 4 weeks and was cut so the team could sign an extra DT. Not sure why they gave up on him so quickly. If we had 53 man rosters back then I'm sure he would had the benefit of a red-shirt year like our current #33 Christine Michael.

    Elroy Harris did a backflip in the endzone after scoring in the pre-season. I'm pretty sure that's why it's a penalty now, but it was kind of cool to see a guy do that with full football gear on!

    Three really good players here, and tough to pick the MVP.

    Dan Doornink was called "Dr. Dan" because he went to medical school in the off-season, and eventually settled into his medical practice in Yakima after his career ended. He was the third down master back then, always seeming to move the chains by catching that simple swing pass out of the backfield. Doornink also was part of the cadre of backs who filled in for Curt Warner in 1983. He came out of nowhere to rush for 126 yards in the 1984 playoff game vs. the Raiders, one of the best post-season performances in team history. One of the most popular players in team history.

    Darryl Williams was a free agent acquistion from Cincinatti, and was the complete package at safety. He was a big hitter but also 20 picks in 4 years. He went to the pro bowl in 1997 after leading the league, with 8 interceptions.

    Before there was such thing as a "defenseless receiver":
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    Leon Washington is the best kick/punt returner in team history. The man returned TWO KICKOFFS FOR TOUCHDOWN IN THE SAME FREAKING GAME. It's a shame the NFL has tried to legislate away the kickoff return, it's always been a very exciting play when a guy like Washington breaks one.

    I'm going to go with the every down player, although Doornink is a very close second, and sentimental favorite.

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    FirstLastCollegePosYearsGamesStarts
    MikeCurtisDukeLB19761414
    JeffMooreJackson StateRB1979-1981 323
    HoraceIvoryOklahomaRB1981-1982120
    Cullen BryantColoradoFB1983-1984238
    John L.WilliamsFloridaFB1986-1993125116
    OscarGrayArkansasFB1996-199790
    RickeyWattersNotre DameRB1998-20015453
    KerryCarterStanfordRB2003-2004340
    KevinHobbsAuburnCB2007-2008210
    EdgerrinJamesMiamiRB200970
    MarcusBrownArkansas StateCB201010
    QuintonGantherUtahRB201031
    JeronJohnsonBoise StateS2011-2013320


    Mike Curtis was an 11 year veteran from Baltimore when he came to Seattle in the expansion draft. He was also a Super Bowl champion and 4 time pro bowler and along with Norm Evans, probably the more well-known early Seahawk. It still seems a little strange to bring in veterans at the end of their career to an expansion team, but he did play another two season in Washington after being cut by the Seahawks in 1977.

    I have to admit I didn't really appreciate Rickey Watters enough while he was here. Watching Marshawn Lynch now makes me realize what a tough runner can do for a team. He is currently 6th on the Seahawk's all-time rushing list.

    Our current #32 is Jeron Johnson, who has played mostly on special teams, and was hurt as the team made its championship run.

    John L. Williams is not only the best #32 in team history, but unquestionably the best FB in team history. Mack Strong has had the sentimental attraction of many fans, but Williams was the most complete package of blocker, runner and receiver in team history. Also consider that there were a few years there where he was basically our entire offense. He is currently 3rd all-time in total yards from scrimmage behind a couple of guys named Largent and Alexander. Great, great player, and another terrible omission to the ring of honor.

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    TonyBenjamin DukeRB1977-1979281
    ZachDixonTempleRB1983-1984292
    VernonDeanSan Diego StateS1988170
    VannMcElroyBaylorS1990-1991100
    MalcolmFrankBaylorS1992150
    OrlandoWattersArkansasCB1994168
    SteveBroussardWashington StateRB1995-1998582
    CharlieRogersGeorgia TechKR1999-2001410
    MarcusRobertsonIowaS2001-20022727
    KellyHerndonToledoCB2005-20063122
    KamChancellorVirginia TechS2010-20137052


    Tony Benjamin was a 6th round pick in 1977. A knee injury in week 6 kept him out all the way until week 9 of 1978. He's the first PUP player in team history! He came back healthy in 1979 but only had 5 carries for 13 yards.

    When Curt Warner hurt his knee in 1984, Zach Dixon came in the game and had 15 carries for 36 yards but then also twisted his knee. Fortunately he was only out 3 weeks, but by then Franco Harris was the starter. Check out page 120 of the 1985 media guide here: http://seahawksmedia.com/MediaGuideArchives/1985MG2.pdf and look at the group of running backs that filled in that year. It's quite an interesting picture.

    Steve Broussard and Charlie Rogers: A couple of electric kick returners. Broussard also was a decent 3rd RB.

    The best #31 in Seahawk history and my SB48 Co-MVP:

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    OliverRossAlabama A&MRB1976100
    LawrenceMcCutcheonColorado StateRB198081
    TheotisBrownUCLARB1981-1983227
    Bobby JoeEdmondsArkansasRB1986-1988440
    JamesJonesFloridaFB1989-1992497
    CoreyHarrisFloridaCB1995-19963232
    AhmanGreenNebraskaRB1998-199931 0
    WalterBernardNew MexicoCB200210
    MarquisWeeksVirginiaRB2006120
    NateNessArizonaCB201011
    PerrishCoxOklahoma StateCB201320


    Oliver Ross was part of the legion that was claimed off waivers prior to the 1976 season. He had 13 carries, the same as Andrew Bolton who was a 4th round pick and was cut after 6 games. Hard to understand why they give up on a draft pick to keep a mediocre veteran.

    Lawrence McCutcheon and Theotis Brown were both veteran running backs who had had success elsewhere, and provided some spark in Seattle, although neither sparks resulted in actual fire.

    Ahman Green had a very nice career in Green Bay. In 2 seasons here behind Rickey Watters he had 61 carries.

    The most recent #30 was Perrish Cox, who provided some depth while both Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond were suspended.

    I'm happy to award the MVP here to Bobby Joe Edmonds. He probably isn't the greatest kick returner in history, but he represents the many guys who have been electric at the job. Edmonds, Broussard, Rogers, Washington... we've had some good ones, but only Bobby Joe is the best at his number.

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    AlMatthewsTexas A&IS19761414
    HaroldJacksonJackson StateWR1983186
    RickParrosUtah StateRB198540
    DwayneHarperSouth Carolina StateCB1988-19939576
    TonyBrownFresno StateCB1994-1995295
    C.J.RichardsonMiamiS1997140
    CurtisFullerTexas ChristianS2001-2002262
    PeteHunterVirginia UnionCB200620
    EarlThomas TexasS2010-20137171


    Al Matthews was a 4 year starter in Green Bay before coming to Seattle in the expansion draft. He started every game at strong safety in '76 but was cut the following year as Steve Preece earned the starting job.

    Dwayne Harper went from an 11th round pick in 1988 to starter in 1989. He an Patrick Hunter formed the best CB tandem the team had even seen to date. He started 5 years in Seattle and went on to play another 6 seasons with San Diego and Detroit. He was the kind of guy you'd never hear from all game, which for a CB is how it's supposed to be. He was easily the best #29 in team history...

    Until now.

    Of the current group of stars on this Seattle roster, Earl Thomas is the first (in my opinion) to enter the discussion of top 5 or top 10 all-time Seahawks. Others will soon follow, but Earl body of work already put him in the top 10 Seahawk careers of all-time and soon he'll be in the top 5. Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman aren't far behind.

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    LyleBlackwoodTexas ChristianS1976110
    CurtWarnerPenn StateWR1983-19899796
    DelSpeerFloridaS199410
    DouInnocent MississippiRB199640
    KerryJosephMcNeese StateS1998-20015714
    HaroldBlackmonNorthwesternS2001-200290
    MichaelBoulwareFlorida StateS2004-20065434
    TravisFisherCentral FloridaCB200940
    WalterThurmondOregonCB2010-2013389


    Lyle Blackwood is probably one the Seahawks shouldn't have given up on so quickly. He was a backup safety and punt returner in 1976, then cut by Seattle early in camp in 1977. He then signed with Baltimore where he promptly went on to LEAD THE NFL IN INTERCEPTION. He ended up in Miami later in his career, and was on the field for the Miami/Seattle playoff matchups in '83 and '84. One of the best post-Seahawk careers on this list, and we just cut him.

    In 2011 Marcus Trufant was the starter at CB and was hurt, opening the door for Walter Thurmond who started 2 games before he got hurt, opening the door for Richard Sherman, the third string CB. If Thurmond hadn't gone down, I wonder how long it would have taken for Sherman to start?

    Our MVP is , of course, the great Curt Warner. You had to live those years to appreciate what it meant to have a stud tailback. Back then people actually drafted running backs in the first round! I know! Strange, huh? After 7 seasons of just not having a consistently good RB, Warner took Seattle by storm, and the team was suddenly good again. You also had to live those years to know the widepsread despair when he Kingdome turf destroyed his sophomore year. Warner came back, of course, but he was never quite what we saw his rookie year. Still, he was tough and charasmatic and he sold my dad a Buick. What more could you ask from an all-time Seahawk!

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    AutryBeamonEast Texas St.S1977-199745 39
    GreggoryJohnsonOklahoma StateS1981-1983, 1986593
    CharlesRomesNorth Carolina CentralCB198710
    JohnnieJohnsonTexasS198931
    PatrickHunterNevada-RenoCB1986-1994122100
    TonyCovingtonVirginiaS1995110
    WillieWilliamsWestern CarolinaCB199710674
    JordanBabineauxSouthern ArkansasS2004-201010932
    AtariBigbyCentral FloridaS2011152
    WinstonGuyKentuckyS201230
    TharaldSimonLouisiana StateCB201300


    Autry Beamon came to Seattle in a trade in '77 and fast became one of the Seahawk's beat defensive players. He led the team in interceptions his first season in 1977. From week 6 in '77 he started the next 39 of 40 games. As with many good players from those years, he had a few great years but ended up in a fight for his starting job in 1980. When veterans weren't starters, they were let go. Beamon is still one of my favorite guys from the early years.

    Greggory Johnson was a backup safety. He played three years but signed with the USFL in 1984. When that league folded, he and Kerry Justin came back to the Seahawks in 1986 since the team held their rights.

    Charles Romes is the first player in Seahawk's history signed just for the playoffs, which is why he isn't on the "official" all-time roster.

    I put Tharald Simon in there as the most current #27, although if he never plays in Seattle I'll probably just axe him off the list. I'm an optomist by nature, just so you know. He was #34 in training camp but media releases after that put him at #27.

    Three interesting players compete for MVP at #27. Patrick Hunter held down the staring job for most of 8 seasons. He was a rock of some very good defenses, even though he only managed 12 picks in 9 Seahawk seasons. Hunter was always solid... good in coverage and a good tackler. Just never a pro bowl type guy.

    Willie Williams was signed from Pittsburgh the same year as Chad Brown. The dude was small but played with heart and passion beyond his size. He got beat more often than others, but you never questioned his toughness and the coaches loved him to a fault. Fans weren't always so forgiving, but he deserves our sincere respect.

    Jordan Babineaux will always be "Big Play Babs". Babs was undrafted, then on the practice squad .. but once he got his chance he was always in the right spot at the right time. His greatest moment was tackling Romo by the ankles after the botched snap in the wildcard game after the '06 season. A moment in team history none of us will ever forget.

    Babs is sealed in Seahawks lore, but Hunter deserves the MVP at #27.

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    KerryJustinOregon StateCB1978-1983, 1986-198710737
    JamesJeffersonTexas A&ICB1989-1993583
    CarltonGrayUCLACB1993-19965445
    TimHauckMontanaS1997160
    ChrisCantyKansas StateCB1999-2000273
    KenHamlinArkansasS2003-20065855
    JoshWilsonMarylandCB2007-20094223
    MichaelRobinsonPenn StateFB2010-20135722


    In 1978 the Seahawks drafted for defense, especially defensive backfield. The first round was Keith Simpson, who went on to have a decent career. The third round pick, however, was DB Bob Jury, who was cut in camp. Two others rookie DBs made the roster that year. 7th rounder John Harris started from day one, and undrafted Kerry Justin played every game and became a key special teamer. Justin went from backup to starter in 1980, and started much of the next 4 seasons before bolting for the USFL. 4 of his 7 career interceptions came after he came back to Seattle in 1986.

    Michael Robinson came to Seattle after being cut by San Francisco prior to the 2010 season. I think when we look back on this era of Seahawk football (say, 20 years from now), we will watch the "Real Rob Reports" for some of the best inside looks at this team.

    Ken Hamlin started his career as seemingly the next dominant safety, until a street fight ended his 2005 year in scary fashion. He came back in 2006 and I thought he was still very good, but the team didn't make much effort to bring him back. Still, for a while there he was our enforcer on defense and I still think the best #26 in team history.

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    FirstLastCollegePosYearsGamesStarts
    Don DufekMichiganS1976-19841006
    RickSanford South CarolinaS198550
    David HollisNevada-Las Vegas S 1987-1989280
    RobertBlackmonBaylor S1990-1996 10796
    MarkCollinsCal State FullertonS199890
    BrianWalkerWashington StateS199950
    ReggieTongueOregon StateS2000-20036353
    MichaelHardenMissouriCB2004-200540
    RichGardnerPenn StateCB200610
    BrianRussellSan Diego StateS2007-20083434
    JamarAdamsMichiganS2008-2009 70
    RichardShermanStanfordCB2011-20135347


    Wow that's a lot of safeties!

    Don Dufek was a 5th round pick in '76 and remains probably the best special teams player in team history. He started for part of 1977, but mostly he stayed on the roster because he could bust the wedge better than anyone. There was this roster rule back then that a player couldn't come back from IR unless he was put there after final roster cuts, so every year Dufek would get cut, then brought back after some other guy went on IR. He was probably cut and brought back more than any player in team history. Always a fan favorite, there has never been another one quite like him.

    Robert Blackmon was part of the great 1990 draft class that included Cortez Kennedy, Terry Wooden and Chris Warren. He and Eugene Robinson were among the best safety combinations in team history, starting together for most of six seasons. However, my favorite Blackmon play was the pitch he took from Michael McCrary to score after McCrary blocked the FG vs. Houston in 1996. That game was blacked out and there were like 30,000 fans there so don't tell me you remember that play!

    Blackmon could easily be the best #25 in team history, but I think we can agree Richard Sherman has done enough in 2 1/2 years to take the spot. What an amazing ascent he's had from low-round draft pick to one of the best players in the NFL. I must admit I get a little tired of his antics, but I also know that he comes as one complete package of player and personality and I'm OK with it.

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    AlHunterNotre DameRB1977-1980525
    TerryJacksonSan Diego StateCB1984-1985340
    MelvinJenkinsCincinatti CB1987-199062 22
    SelwynJonesColorado StateCB 1995-1996311
    ShawnSpringsOhio StateCB1997-19939590
    BobbyTaylorNotre DameCB2004100
    DeonGrantTennesseeS2007-20095050
    MarshawnLynchCaliforniaRB2010-20136662


    I've never quite understood the 'supplemental draft'. I guess some guys skip the draft and have their own draft. However it works, the Seahawks have participated sparingly over the years. The first time was in 1977 when the Seahawks used a 4th round pick on RB Al Hunter from Notre Dame. Hunter spent four seasons as a backup RB and kick returner. He had moments where he looked like he could be the answer at RB, but his production seemed to decline the more workload he got and he soon fell to the bottom of the depth chart. However, if you watch highlight tapes of the '70s Seahawks, you'll see a few plays with #24 making a big run and you'll say "Who is THAT guy??".

    Mel Jenkins played 3 years in the CFL before earning the starting CB in Seattle. It does happen every 25 years or so! Seriously, Jenkins was a pretty good nickle back and kick returner.

    Seahawk fans never seemed to embrace Shawn Springs, probably because he never lived up to his very high draft status. He was, as you recall, drafted ahead of Walter Jones. My brother used to just get all bent about Springs, going on long rants about how bad he sucked. I was probably more forgiving than most. He played great at times, but seemed to lose focus other times. Probably the most physically talented CB we've ever had. A+ talent, B career.

    As an aside, I know people are still fired up over how Springs left and the Alaska comment. To me that's an example of the historic thin skin of many Seahawk fans and I have no patience for it. Players are going to come and players are going to go. Don't take shit personal.

    One man I'm sure we can all agree on is Marshawn Lynch. This is that rare player who combines consistent productivity with truly transcendent memories. Being in the stadium with my dad and my son for the Beastquake run is what being a sports fan is all about for me. Like Lynch, I am just all about that action, boss. I love an athelete who can be himself and not take life so damn serious. Watching him throw skittles back at the crowd during the championship parade was the Skittle on the icing on a very huge and delicious cake.

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    DougLongWhitworthS1977-1978150
    ThomKaumeyerOregonS1989-199080
    HarlanDavisTennesseeCB199110
    ForeyDuckettNevadaCB199420
    DexterSieglerMiamiCB1996-1997140
    RobertWilliamsNorth CarolinaCB199910
    Ike CharltonVirginia TechCB2000-2001311
    MarcusTrufantWashington StateCB2003-2012147134


    Only a handfull of players of made the Seahawks out of the Northwest Conference, a series of small area schools that includes PLU, UPS and Willamette. Doug Long was an NAIA all-american as a WR at Whitworth in Spokane, which earned him a trying with the Seahawks in 1977. He ended up on IR and then converted to safety where he made the team in 1978. He played mostly special team and returned 4 kickoffs. To this day he remains 1 of only 2 Whitworth Pirates to play in the NFL.

    Marcus Trufant was the local kid from Tacoma, who went to WSU and played 10 years for his hometown team. He started most every game for 8 seasons + 4 games in 2011 before his injury eventually opened the door for Richard Sherman. His best year was 2007 when he had 7 picks and made his only pro bowl. Much like Springs, Tru was frequently targeted and took a lot of heat from fans, but no one ever questioned his heart or character. If there's one guy I wish could have stuck around just ONE MORE YEAR to get a ring, it would be Trufant.

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    DaveBrownMichiganCB1976-1986164164
    NesbyGlasgowWashingtonS1988-19927831
    JonVaughnMichiganRB1993-1994262
    BenoBryantWashingtonRB199420
    FredThomasTennessee-MartinCB1996-1999475
    PaulMirandaCentral FloridaCB2000-2001112
    DamienRobinsonIowaS2003-2004165
    JimmyWilliamsVanderbiltCB2005-2006331
    JuliusJonesNotre DameRB2008-20103224
    JoshPinkardSouthern CalCB201000
    RobertTurbinUtah StateRB2012-2013370


    Lots to talk about....

    The Pittsburgh Steelers were a pretty loaded roster in the '70s. They drafted safety Dave Brown with the last pick in the first round of the 1975 draft. Brown played sparingly that first year but was then left open in the 1976 expansion draft, where he was nabbed by Seattle. As I'm sure I mentioned somewhere before, we don't have any actual record of the order of the expansion picks, but it's a safe bet Brown was at or near the top. Besides a 6 game stretch in 1981, Brown started every game for 11 seasons. He was initially a safety but switched to corner in '77. You don't see a lot of starting safeties switching to corner these days!

    One of the very cool things about Brown was he seemed to get much better in his later years. Think about all the players I've talked about who were pretty good for 2 or 3 years but then sort of faded away. Guys like Terry Beeson and Autry Beamon. Brown played out of his mind in 1984, making his only pro bowl at age 31. He had two Pick 6s in a game vs. Kansas City November 4, 1984. Let's see you do THAT Richard Sherman. After 11 season in Seattle, Brown went on to play 3 more years in Green Bay for a stellar 15 year career. His 50 career interceptions as a Seahawk will be hard to top, although Sherman is off to a great start. Brown later coached in Seattle, and passed away far too young in 2006. One of the great Seahawk career and a very deserving ring-of-honor member.

    After nearly a decade of labor strikes and lawsuits, the owners attempted a lame free agency plan called "Plan-B". I'd hate to see what Plan-C was! How Plan-B free agency worked was every team could protect 37 players, with the rest free to sign elsewhere. It was an asinine solution for all kinds of reasons I won't go into now, but it lasted from 1989 until 1992 until true earned free agency started in 1993. Nesby Glasgow was a veteran safety who was a good role player at the time, and he was left available in plan-B free agency ALL FOUR YEARS. So, if you ever see Nesby walking around town, say "How's it going Plan B!".

    Fred Thomas always makes me scratch my head. He was a 2nd round pick in 1996 and I think we can all agree was a huge disappointment. In fact, when he broke his arm to end his 1999 season, I don't think anyone was too upset about. But then he signed with New Orleans and went on to play 8 years there, most of them as a starter and from all accounts was pretty good.

    Robert Turbin is our current backup to Beastmode, but I have a feeling he'll get pushed hard for that job this summer.

    The late, great Dave Brown:

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    VicMinorNE LouisianaS1980-1981200
    PaulMoyerArizona StateS1983-1989 10532
    BrianTreggsCaliforniaWR199220
    RafaelRobinsonWisconsinS1992-1995515
    T.J.CunninghamColoradoS199690
    ReggieRuskKentuckyCB1997-199820
    RandyFullerTennessee StateCB199920
    CordellTaylorHamptonCB199920
    FredVinsonVanderbiltCB200000
    KenLucasMississippiCB2001-2004, 20098054
    AndreDysonUtahCB2005137
    KellyJenningsMiamiCB2006-20108449


    Vic Minor made the roster as an 8th round pick in 1980. He played every game and even had an interception in a rare victory that year vs. Houston. Unfortunately, a knee injury kept him out the first 12 games in '81 and he didn't make the team in '82.

    Desperate for CB help, the Seahawks traded away RB Ahman Green for Fred Vinson in 2000. Green rushed for over 8,000 yards in Green Bay, while Vinson blew out his knee and never played.

    Ken Lucas is one of those guys who started off kind of raw, then developed into a decent player, then left in free agency. A certain WR comes to mind as a recent example. After playing his prime years in Carolina, Lucas came back for one last swan song in 2009.

    The most recent #21 was CB Kelly Jennings, who was a late first round pick and seemed to usually be in the right place most of the time but the WRs made the catch anyway. One of the most infuriating players in recent memory.

    I'm giving the MVP to Paul Moyer, an un-drafted Safety who spent much of his career as the backup to Ken Easley. When Easley's career ended, Moyer started every game in 1988, and played pretty well, nabbing 6 picks and leading the defense into the playoffs. He also deserves high honors for making one of the biggest sacrifices a man could ever make, taking a shot in the 'nads in '86 that required surgery. Legend tells us he lost one of the boys, but later reports assure us all wound up safe and snug in the end!

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    StevePreeceGeorgia TechS197714 14
    MikeO'BrienCaliforniaS1979 30
    TerryTaylorSouthern IllinoisCB1984-1988, 19948256
    DerekLovilleOregonRB1990-1991271
    JayBellamyRutgersS1994-20009956
    MauriceMorrisOregonRB2002-200811021
    JustinForsettCaliforniaRB2008-2011618
    KreggLumpkinGeorgiaRB201200
    JeremyLaneNorthwestern State - LACB2012-2013333


    Some players were able to become free agents back in the '70s, but I have no clue how those rules worked. However it worked, there certainly weren't top players out there changing teams. Instead, you have veterans like Steve Preece who were able to switch teams. Preece provided veteran help to the young defense, and had 4 picks in his 1 year in Seattle.

    Terry Taylor was a #1 pick in 1984 and a very good starting corner back. Unfortunately, his career was sidetracked by drug abuse. He missed games in 1988 to rehab, and then was traded on the eve of the 1989 season. A super talented and fast player.

    Jay Bellamy made the team as an undrafted safety, and was a special teams ace. He eventually earned the starting job and did pretty well but he wasn't destined for stardom. After 2000 he left for New Orleans to play with his buddy Fred Thomas and stayed in the league through 2007.

    Maurice Morris spent most of his time here as the backup to Shaun Alexander. He is easily the best backup running back in team history, with over 2600 rushing yards in 8 seasons; good for 8th on the team's all-time rushing list. He later signed with Detroit, because for a while there that's just where old Seahawks went to die.

    Jeramy Lane was the top special teams ace for the Championship team. Looks like he'll be needed even more in the secondary in 2014.

    Tough call for me for MVP. Taylor, Bellamy and Morris all have good arguments.

    I'm going with the Morris, in tribute to all the un-sung backups....

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    BillMunsonUtah StateQB197660
    FabienBownesWestern IllinoisWR1999-2001480
    WilliePonderSE Missouri StateWR200660
    LoganPayneMinnesotaWR2007-200822
    BryanWaltersCornellWR2012-201351


    Jim Zorn grabbed hold of the starting QB job in 1976 but no other QB on the roster was a reliable backup, so the Seahawks traded for QB Bill Munson, a career backup, who at age 35 became the oldest player on the team. He would be the oldest 'Hawk in team history except he passed away in 2000. Munson played in 6 games in Seattle and went on to finish his career at age 38 in Buffalo.

    WRs were only permitted to wear numbers in the 80s until the rule changed in 2004, however up until then players had numbers in the teens as exceptions to the rule. Most notably, Keshawn Johnson wore #19 for Tampa Bay. Fabien Bownes wore #19 for the Seahawks for over two seasons until the NFL made him change to #83 mid-way through 2001. Bownes was a special teams stud, and occasional WR. His one TD catch is one I'll never forget. Just a hint, it was thrown by the MVP at #13.

    Brian Walters was inactive for the Super Bowl because Percy Harvin was healthy. He still gets a ring.

    Bownes is a favorite of mine -- I have qualms giving him the MVP:

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    HermanWeaverTennesseeP1977-1980620
    StanGelbaughMarylandQB1992-1996139
    DarylHobbsPacificWR1997100
    D.J.HackettColoradoWR2004-20073915
    MikeHassOregon StateWR200910
    SidneyRiceSouth CarolinaWR2011-20133532


    The Seahawks drafted both a punter AND a kicker with their extra 3rd round picks in 1976. Neither lasted past week 2 of the following year. Punter Rick Engles was cut after 1 game in 1977 and was replaced by Herman Weaver, who had perhaps the best nickname in team history. "Thunderfoot" had 5 kicks blocked in 4 seasons, however.

    The Seahawk's QB situation was a bloody mess in the early '90s, but it wasn't Stan Gelbaugh's fault, who was supposed to just be a backup, but was thrust into starting roles due to injuries and ineptness. He led the team to one of the most memorable wins in team history as the Seahawk's won one of only two games in the dismal 1992 season which proved to be the great Pete Gross's last game. Gross was a brilliant play-by-play man who fought cancer for years before it took him 2 days after that game. When I hear Steve Raible say "Touchdown Seahawks", it is Pete's voice I truly hear.

    Sidney Rice may not have lived up to his big 2011 contract, but he is far and away the MVP at #18. I'll never forget the brilliant throw and catch to beat New England in 2012, the game which let the world know Russell Wilson was for real. I have a feeling Rice has a few more big plays left in him.

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    DaveKriegMiltonQB1980-1991136126
    JohnFrieszIdahoQB1995-19982311
    JeffKellySouthern MissisippiQB200200
    BillyMcMullenVirginiaWR200842
    MikeWilliamsSouthern CalWR2010-20112825
    BraylonEdwardsMichiganWR2012101


    If you want to argue greatest QB in team history, it really comes down to Dave Krieg vs. Matt Hasselbeck. I'm sure Russell Wilson will render the argument moot over time, but let's give him a few years.

    Krieg and Hasselbeck both essentially played 10 years in Seattle, considering that Krieg sat most of his first two year. Hass played in 9 more games and had more yards, but Krieg had more TDs. Hass's career QB rating was 82.2, Krieg was 82.3. That rating doesn't consider fumbles, however, which were a big problem for Krieg throughout his Seahawk years. Krieg was vastly unappreciated in his Seahawk career ... the team was always trying to replace him. When they did finally get rid of him, he went on to play 7 more years, 5 as an effective starter. Meanwhile, we got stuck with Stouffer, McGwire, Mirer & Gelbaugh.

    John Friesz was the backup who eventually beat out Rick Mirer for the starting QB job. Unfortunately, once he had the job he couldn't stay healthy.

    Our most recent #17 was Braylon Edwards. Edwards and Mike Williams are both from that strange couple of years where we signed a bunch of supposedly washed up WRs, and squeezed some extra life out of them. Some worked out (like BMW), some not so much (see Owens, Terrell).

    Mudbone:

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    SteveMyerNew MexicoQB1976-1980134
    RustyHilgerOklahoma StateQB1991-199200
    TomRouenColoradoP2003-2005360
    MichaelBumpusWashington StateWR200841
    KrisDurhamGeorgiaWR201130


    The first ever QB drafted by the Seahawks was Steve Myer, in the 4th round in 1976. Myer was 3rd string in '76, then was Jim Zorn's primary backup in 1977. That year Myer started 4 games when Jim Zorn hurt his knee. The results were spotty as he did put up some yardage, but he also had 10 picks. He stayed as Zorn's primary backup 2 more years but a back injury ended his career in 1980.

    Our most recent #16 was WR Kris Durham, who didn't last here but seems to have found a home in Detroit.

    No real standout for MVP here. Tom Rouen was a decent punter for a few years. We tried to replace him with Leo Araguz in 2005 but thought better of it.

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    NeilGraffWisconsinQB197600
    DaveFinzerDePauwP1985120
    JeffKempDartmouthQB1987-1991567
    DaveDickensonMontanaQB200200
    SenecaWallacaIowa StateQB2003-20095215
    BrandonStokleyLouisivilleWR2010132
    MattFlynnLouisiana StateQB201230
    JermaineKearse WashingtonWR2012-2013287


    The starting QB job was settled pretty early in training camp in 1976. Neil Graff, a former back in New England, topped the depth chart to start camp. He started the first ever pre-season game and left the game with 68 yards passing and zero points. Jim Zorn later came in and threw for 2 TDs and rushed for another. On that day the mantle was clearly passed. Graff stayed on the roster for a couple of weeks, but was then cut when rosted reduced at week 3. If anyone asks you who the first ever Seahawks starting QB was, tell them "Neil Graff!"

    When people talk about the really bad QBs in team history, why do they always seem to leave Jeff Kemp off?

    I'm very conflicted about my MVP at #15. I loved Seneca Wallace, and it was always fun when he got to play. His catch in the NFCCG in 2006 broke the spirit of Carolina early and the rest of that day was just a big celebration. He also played well at times at QB but was never able to more than a backup.

    However, Jermaine Kearse could retire today and his accomplishments from this past post-season would ensure his place in Seahawk history. His post-season performance, including two completely bad-ass TD catches in the NFCCG & SB leave me no choice but to annoint him the best #15 in Seahawk history.

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    RickTutenFlorida StateP1991-19971010
    KerwinCookTulaneWR200100
    JasonWillisOregonWR 2003-200420
    MikeTeelRutgersQB200900
    CharlyMartinWest Texas A&MWR201241


    It's funny how punters never seem to work out quite like you expect. The Seahawks have drafted 6 punters in team history, and the longest tenured of those last 3 years. In 1991, Rick Tuten was the team's 3rd punter that year, and he wound up last 7 years and is probably the best punter in team history until Jon Ryan. Like "Thunderfoot" Weaver, Rick also had a great nickname: "Bootin Tuten".

    Jason Willis still plays in the Arena Football League with the San Jose Sabrecats.

    When you watch replays of Golden Tate's controversial catch vs Green Bay in 2012, you'll #14 Charly Martin in the scrum. He wasn't on the roster much longer after that.

    Pro Bowler Rick Tuten:

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    GinoTorrettaMiamiQB1996-199720
    GlennFoleyBoston CollegeQB199931
    KenWalterKent StateP 200470
    KearyColbertSouthern CalWR20087 4


    #13 was the last uniform number to never be worn by a Seahawk until 1996, when former Heisman Trophy winner was signed after John Friesz went on IR. He even played quite a bit in the last game of the year when Stan Gelbaugh couldn't finish. The next year Friesz was hurt again, (sigh) and Torretta came back for another 7 weeks but never played.

    The most recent #13 was Keary Colbert, who the Seahawks unforgivably traded a 5th round pick for and promptly cut 2 months later.

    September 19, 1999 was a very cool day for me. My second son was 2 days old and he and I watched the Seahawk game in the hospital on one of those crappy hospital TVs. Jon Kitna was out for the game, and the Seahawks were 0-2, with the season teetering on disaster. Against the Chicago Bears, Glenn Foley made his only start as a Seahawk, and threw a 4th quarter TD pass to Fabien Bownes to win that game and save the season. One of my favorite Seahawk moments, so I'm proud to give the #13 MVP to Foley:

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    SamAdkinsWichita StateQB1977-1982110


    Despite only 45 man rosters, the Seahawks still kept 3 QBs on the roster, although they rarely seem to play. Sam Adkins was the 3rd QB for 6 seasons, which seems like a long time to basically hold a clipboard. His career numbers read like a single game line: 17/39 232 yards 2TD and 4 Ints. He also averaged 4.5 yards on 14 carries. Maybe he should have been a RB!

    The 1983 media guide shows him changing to number 7, although he was cut during that camp. Obviously the team had something else in mind for #12.

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    BruceMathisonNebraskaQB1987-198833
    KellyStouffer Colorado State QB1988-19922216
    AndreColemanKansas StateWR199720
    BrockHuardWashingtonQB1999-2001, 200454
    DavidGreeneGeorgiaQB2005-200600
    DeonButlerPenn StateWR2009-2012358
    PercyHarvinFloridaWR201330


    When the "replacement" games began in 1987, the Seahawks were not as prepared as other teams. Bruce Mathison had some NFL experience, and signed with the team 3 days before the game. He led that group to a win over Miami, but lost the following week vs. Cincinatti. For the third game, Jeff Kemp crossed the line so Mathison only played the 4th quarter in a blowout at Detroit. Mathison stayed on the roster after the strike ended, so I keep him on my all-time roster. He even signed back in 1988 for a few weeks when Dave Krieg went on injured reserve.

    Kelly Stouffer threw a TD pass after breaking his nose. Of all the QB busts in Seahawk history he's the original and I still believe the worst. Dan McGwire was even worse as a player, but it wasn't his fault he was way over drafted.

    Brock Huard was a star at UW and drafted in the 3rd round in Mike Holmgren's first Seahawk draft. He wore #5 his rookie year so lots of unsuspecting fans bought #5 jerseys. Huard switched to #11 for 2000, when he had his shot at the starting job. If you recall, Holmgren benched Jon Kitna after a Monday Night loss at Kansas City, with the team set to travel to Carolina 6 days later. Can you think of a worse situation to change quarterbacks? Kitna wasn't paying so terrible that they couldn't have waited a week. Some day I'd like the real story about why Holmgren and Kitna didn't get along, it had to be more than the play on the field.

    Huard was later traded to Indianapolis, but then signed back to Seattle in 2004 and was given #7, Kitna's old number. Back problems put him on IR for that year and his playing career was over.

    Can a player win MVP at his number based on one game?

    Absolutely.

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    JimZornCal Poly-PomonaQB1976-1984131100
    DanMcGwireSan Diego StateQB1991-1994125
    JeffFeaglesMiamiP1998-2002810
    OlindoMareSyracuseK2008-2010 500


    I had a chance to ask Jim Zorn once when he knew he would be the starting QB for the Seahawks. His answer: MARCH. The fledgling Seahawks held a tryout camp for QBs, and Zorn was there with a bunch other free agents and he said he could tell that day he'd be the guy. As I said in #15, it really took about halfway through the first pre-season game for it to be evident to the rest of the world what Zorn had known in his heart for months.

    Jim Zorn put Seattle football on the map. If you're going to be new and young and lose, you can at least be exciting. Zorn was probably not a great thrower, but he had that same quaity our current QB has, which is to extend plays and probably throw better on the run than even standing in the pocket. He was also just plain fast. When he took off it wasn't unusual to see him run away from defensive backs. He still sits 10th on the Seahawks all-time rushing list (Wilson will pass him in a year or two).

    Better than Zorn the player was Zorn the true image of early Seahawk football. Free-wheeling, no holds barred and fun to watch.

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    NormJohnsonUCLAK1982-19901400
    RianLindellWashington StateK2000-2002 440
    DonnieJonesLouisiana StateP200460
    JonRyanReginaP2008-20131020


    The only number between 1 and 19 without a QB, so pay attention folks to the legends of the kickers and punters. All 4 of these guys had long and productive NFL careers, only two of them in Seattle.

    Norm Johnson went to the pro bowl in 1984, but if you compare his numbers by today's standards it sure seems like he missed a lot of kicks. His FG% was less than 70%. He missed 1 of 5 kicks from 30-39 yards and 1 of 10 from 20-29. His missed XP in the 1987 playoff game at Cincinatti left the team down 2 scores instead of 1, negating the comeback atttempt. Still, he's the top scorer in team history and went on to play another 9 years with 3 other teams.

    Rian Lindell and Donnie Jones were both still in the league in 2013, although Lindell is currently a free agent.

    Jon Ryan is the only NFL player in history from the University of Regina, which is in Saskatchewan, Canada. Regina is one of 6 football teams in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUUA), which is part of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) which has 27 teams country-wide that play football by a set of rules that is much closer to the Canadian Football League than our NFL rules. CIS has 54 total athletic programs, so only half currently play football.

    Anyway, Jon Ryan has been rock-solid as our punter, so I'm picking him ahead of the man who scored more points than Shaun Alexander. I doubt many will disagree.

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    JeffWestCincinnatiP1981-1985630
    SeanSalisburySouthern CalQB198610
    MattLytlePittsburghQB200010
    MattHasselbeckBoston CollegeQB2001-2010149142


    Jeff West held down the punting job for 4 years. He was better known for placement than power. He was near the bottom of the league in punting average most years. I looked around for net average for those years but didn't find anything.

    Matt Hasselbeck had a rough start to his Seahawk career, but by the end of 2002 he had his rhythm down and went on to have what is the best career by a Seahawk QB to date. He also was probably the most engaging "face of the franchise" we've ever had. I love Russell Wilson, but I sometimes wish he'd let his guard down a little. Hass and Russ share, I think, many of the same qualities of leadership and character. I hope over time Russ is just able to add that little bit of humor and affability that made Hass so much fun to have in Seattle. Of course, Russ leads Hass in the one measure that counts the most; 1 - 0.

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    GaleGilbertCaliforniaQB1985-1986252
    JeffGrahamLong Beach StateQB 1992-199400
    JonKitnaCentral WashingtonQB1996-20004034
    BrandonCoutuGeorgiaK200800
    J.P.LosmanTulaneQB201000
    ZacRobinsonOklahoma StateQB201000
    RyanLongwellCaliforniaK201210
    TarvarisJacksonAlabama StateQB2011,20131914


    The Seahawk's were always trying to replace Dave Krieg. Some of it was justified, like trying to get Warren Moon, and some of it was asinine, like benching him for Gale Gilbert mid-way through the 1986 season. Gilbert started 2 games before Krieg came back and led the team on a 5 game winning streak to end the season, the only time the Seahawks ever won 10 games and missed the playoffs.

    I've heard people say that the Seahawks cut Michael Bennett so they could keep Brandon Coutu on the roster all year, but Bennett was cut in 2009, and Coutu was first here in 2008.

    Tarvaris Jackson started most of the 2011 season, and earned the respect of most fans with his toughness. I think he played better than people want to give him credit for. The dude got sacked 42 times that year.

    Jon Kitna went from un-drafted to the practice squad to leading the Seahawks to the playoffs in a very short stretch. Unfortunately, Mike Holmgren decided soon thereafter that Kitna was not the long-term answer. I remember a radio-interview on the eve of the 2000 (with Kitna the starter) where Holmgren was asked what the team needed to do to improve and he immediately called out the QB position. Clearly something was amiss, and a few weeks later Kitna was benched for an un-prepared Brock Huard. Kitna went on to have a long career with Cincy, Detroit and Dallas -- mostly as a backup -- but he did throw for 29,745 career yards -29,056 more than Huard.

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    Frank GarciaArizonaP198110
    CharlieWhitehurstClemsonQB2010-201194


    Jeff West broke his ankle in the 2nd to last game in 1981, so the Seahawks brought in Frank Garcia to punt in the season finale. Fortunately the Seahawks put up 42 points so Garcia only had to punt twice. Garcia was the only player to wear #6 for the Seahawks until they traded for a backup quarterback from San Diego.

    Charlie Whitehurst will never quite qualify for the Mount Rushmore of Seahawk quarterbacks .. but he did win the game to get the Seahawks into the 2010 playoffs and the beastquake game.

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    RickEnglesTulsaP1976-1977150
    JimmyColquittTennesseeP198520
    RubenRodriguezArizonaP1987-1989460
    AlexWaitsTexas P199130
    KyleRichardsonArkansas StateP199720
    TravisBrownNorthern ArizonaQB200010
    GibranHamdanIndianaQB200600
    CharlieFryeAkronQB2007-200821
    B.J.DanielsSouth FloridaQB201300


    In the 3rd round of the 1976 draft the Seahawks selected both a kicker and a punter. It seems kind of a waste by today's draft logic, but I can get the idea that if you have that many extra draft picks, it makes sense to try to draft the best special teams you can, which would be of big help for an expansion team. The real problem is that kicker only lasted 3 games, and Rick Engles, the punter, was cut after 1 year and 1 game.

    B.J. Daniels was the 3rd QB for 6 weeks in 2013. He was even activated for a game but didn't play. He's now the 4th QB on the off-season roster so his odds of sticking around appear to be long.

    I've given the MVP to two QBs so far who managed to win 1 game in their brief Seahawk careers. Unfortunately, Charlie Frye was 12 for 23 with only 83 yards and 2 picks in a loss to Green Bay. He did, however throw a TD pass to Keary Colbert, something no other Seahawk QB ever did.

    Therefore, the award goes to Ruben Rodriguez, the Ryan Plackemeier of his time.

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    DonBitterlichTempleK197630
    JohnKasayGeorgiaK1991-1994640
    KrisHeppnerMontanaK200040
    TrentDilferFresno StateQB2001-20042312
    StevenHauschkaNorth Carolina StateK2011-2013520


    Don Bitterlich was first kicker in Seahawk history. He was drafted in the 3rd round but was cut after week 3 when he missed 3 FGs in a loss to San Francisco. His music career lasted much longer than his NFL career. http://www.suburbanonesports.com/alumni/content/bitterlich-kicks-his-way-record-books

    In 2001 the Seahawks traded for Matt Hasselbeck in March and declared him the starting QB. In training camp, however, the Seahawks added Trent Dilfer, who was un-signed despite coming of a Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens. When Hass struggled to start the season, Dilfer came in and out-played Hass, earning a new contract in 2002 and was declared the starter. Were you on Seahawks.Net during this time? Do you remember what your feelings were when Coach Holmgren named Dilfer the starter? I was pretty happy about it, myself.

    Dilfer opened 2002 as the starter but ruptured his Achilles week 7 vs. Dallas, the same day Emmitt Smith broke the all-time rushing record. Hasselbeck came back and played well enough to keep the starting job for the next 8 years.

    A couple of pretty good kickers in contention for the MVP at #4. John Kasay started his long career in Seattle. I'm going with Steven Hauschka, however, who has been one of the best kickers in the NFL over the last few seasons.

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    JohnLeypoldtNoneK1976-1978260
    VinceWagnerNortheasternK198100
    RickDonnellyWyomingP1990-1991190
    RickMirerNotre DameQB1993-19965551
    RohnStarkFlorida StateP199740
    JeffGeorgeIllinoisQB200200
    JoshBrownNebraskaK2003-2007890
    JeffRoweNevadaQB200800
    RussellWilsonWisconsinQB2012-20133737


    John Leypoldt took over kicking duties week 4 in the 1976 season and was replaced by Efren Herrera in 1978. Herrera was hurt the last game in '78 so Leypoldt came back and kicked in one last game.

    I'll never understand the Seahawk career of Rick Mirer. He started all 16 games as a rookie, and threw for 2800 yards. He had a bunch of interceptions and got sacked way too much, but I think we all assumed he'd improve in 1994. Instead he got worse. In '94 his picks were down but so was his completion % and yardage. In '95 he was basically terrible, but we still held out faint hope that he'd get better. By '96 he was benched for John Friesz. How Randy Mueller convinced Chicago to give up a 1st round pick for Mirer I'll never get.

    Josh Brown is probably still my favorite kicker ever because he never accepted the idea that a kicker was somehow less of a football player. The guy loved to make tackles on special teams, and he had some big game winners over the years .. most notably the time we were all at Aros' house and I accidentally hit the pause button on the DVR just before he kicked happened.

    It's difficult to imagine that just two short years ago we all thought our starting QB would be Matt Flynn. Russell Wilson has taken over the team, become its unquestioned leader, and won the Super Bowl over perhaps the greatest QB of our generation.

    And the best is still yet to come.

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    WilsonAlvarezSE LouisianaK198140
    Vince GamacheCal State-FullertonP1986160
    ToddPetersonGeorgiaK1995-1999810
    LeoAraguzStephen F. AustinP200540
    JoshPortisCalifornia (PA)QB201100


    Wilson Alvarez took over kicking duties the last 4 games of the 1981 season when Efren Herrera hurt his knee. Wilson was 3/7 on FG attempts, with all his makes coming from inside 30 yards. Media guides show he was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

    Josh Portis switched to #2 after he made the team in 2011 but he never played in a game. This was the first year that the 3rd QB rule was changed, so Portis didn't even get to dress most games. In the past you had your starting QB, a veteran backup, and a rookie 3rd stringer. The days of the 3rd stringer seem to be fading.

    Todd Peterson was a very good kicker for his 5 years as a Seahawk. In 1999 he made 85% of his attempts which was in the top-10 in the league. Unfortunately, he was surprise cut at the end of camp in 2000 as the Seahawks were determined to go younger and cheaper. Still one of the better kickers in team history. Peterson and Josh Brown both kicked exactly 5 years for the Seahawks. Brown had more total points but Peterson made 10 more FGs, with a slightly higher %. It kinds of shows the difference in the Seahawk's offense between the late '90s and mid '00s.

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    WarrenMoonWashington QB1997-1998 2524
    RyanPlackemeierWake ForestP2006-2008370


    My 16 year old son has become a great Seahawk fan like his dad and his dad's dad. Looking at this project, he asked me "Is Ryan Plackemeier the best #1 in Seahawk history?

    Sounds like a pretty silly question, but he's 16 years old. In his memory's eye when he sees a Seahawk player wearing number 1 he sees a mediocre punter from a few years ago. His fandom, like everyone's, is formed through his own experiences, and that's just how it should be. He knows Matt Hasselbeck and now Russell Wilson, but he only knows Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg and Warren Moon through the stories we tell.

    I'm very fortunate. I was 9 years old when the Seahawks played their first ever game. My memories of those early years are that of a child. I remember certain images and emotions, but mostly I remember the exciting moments where my dad and my brothers would scream and I'd say "what?!!". I remember Jim Zorn running around. I remember "Got Milk". And I definitely remember Efren Herrera catching a pass on Monday Night Football.

    By the time Easley and Green and Warner were around, I was old enough to comprehend all the components that went into the team. I wrote down my first roster in the summer of 1983, when I too was 16. It was on notebook paper, with color codes based on how the player was acquired.

    We hear a lot about the "business" of football. One of the important themes of this whole project is the long list of players who's careers were cut way too short due to injuries. This work is ultimately dedicated to them. Steve Niehaus and Ken Easley and Nate Odomes and Fred Vinson and Dustin Johnson. All guys who gave everything they had but the nature of the game ultimately kept them off the field. Older players get cut so younger and cheaper guys can take their place. We get upset when a decent player like Golden Tate, who earned his free agency, leaves for another team. Part of what I hope to accomplish here is to remind you all that every name in Seahawk history made a contribution, big or small, to our collective memories, and it's the memories that form the building blocks of our collective loyalty and fandom to our Seattle Seahawks.

    All that's left to end this project is to name my final MVP. Herrera was one of the best kickers of his era, but bad knees cut his career short. I met him at the game where he raised the 12th man flag and I asked him if he could still kick one, and he basically said his knees were shot. He is, of course, famous for both throwing and catching passes off of fake FGs, usually when the Seahawks were on the national stage.

    My heart says Efren, by really Moon gets it based on his tremendous 1997 season, where he set the team's single-season passing record. His 3678 passing yards still sits as the 3rd highest passing total in team history, having only been surpassed by Matt Hasselbeck in 2003 and 2007. When Moon left the CFL in 1984, the Seahawks were only slightly out-bit by the Houston Oilers. We can only imagine what the next 15 years would have been like.

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    Thanks to everyone who followed this thread, corrected my errors, and chimed in your opinions. It's good to be a Seahawk fan, and not just because we're the World Champs.

    GO HAWKS!
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