The Hawkstorian's All-Time Numeric Roster

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  • Happy Off-Season Seahawk Fans!

    Since 1976 the Seahawks have played 38 seasons and played in 596 regular season and 24 playoff games. I have been able to go back and re-construct the game to game roster for every regular season and playoff game in team history. I started this process in October and it became quite an obsession until I finished sometime in December, just waiting for this latest season to end so I could have all 38 years of complete data.

    I've always been overly mindful of roster numbers, and my plan here is to present the roster numerically. The only real problem with that idea is quite a few players have used multiple roster numbers in the Seahawk careers. In fact by my count 64 Seahawk players in team history have worn multiple jersey numbers (the most recent being Jeremy Lane who switched from 37 to 20 early in his rookie season). 7 players wore 3 different numbers in their career!

    So how do I determine the all-time roster? I do it a little different than you'll see on the Seahawks official site. My first big departure is I'm not considering the replacement players in 1987. Most of those guys would never have sniffed an NFL roster if not for the disastrous three game strike that year. I don't fault those guys for taking the chance they got to play, but to me they are a footnote in team history, not a main point.

    Practice squad players I don't count unless they cracked the 53 man roster at some point. There are just too many guys who floated on and off the roster to track it all and the historic data would be very incomplete. I do, however, count a player for his year of service if he started on the PS and later made the 53. Mack Strong is the best example here... he was on the PS all of 1993 before catching on permanently the next year. Same thing with off-season or pre-season rosters. To be counted you have to part of the team during the regular season. Lendale White and Terrell Owens don't count.

    Injured players I am more likely to count than not, although I admit I'm using some subjectivity here. Nate Odomes doesn't show up on the Seahawk's official all-time roster, but the guy definitely has a spot in the story line of team history. Other guys are hurt who probably weren't going to make the team anyway, and I've left them off.

    In counting games, I include playoff games. The Seahawks don't credit Ryan Longwell with playing in a game, marking him with an Asterisk. To me, he gets credit.

    With that criteria, my list has 851 all-time players. Of those, 60 never played in a game. They may have been on IR (Odomes) or were just never active (B.J. Daniels). All 60 of those players were part of the 45 or 53 man roster at some point so they count.

    So for the next 99 days I will present the players who wore each roster number in descending order starting with #99. For each number I will highlight who the ORIGINAL player is for the number, who the MOST RECENT player is, and who the MOST VALUABLE of all-time was (or is). My MVPs may spark some debate amongst us "old-timers" which is part of the fun. Hopefully you will join in.

    But what of those players who wore multiple numbers in their career? It does make it less tidy, but I essentially assigned each player their primary number, which was usually not hard although Itula Mili wore 49, 88 and 89 in about equal measure. You'll have to wait and see where he landed.

    My project was (I thought) a resounding success except I ran into one player who defied the entire system. In late 1976 the Seahawks claimed a safety off waivers named Bryant Salter. He was on the roster for one game (December 5, 1976) and then released the following day. The record of that game shows Salter on the roster but NO ROSTER NUMBER. I don't know if he ever had one. So I'm left with 850 players for whom I know their numbers and one who I don't know, or probably he never actually had one (my guess is he never made it to Seattle). The Seahawks do NOT consider Salter as part of their all-time roster but in fact he should be included, because he was one of the 45 players, if only for 4 days.

    Hopefully this on-going thread provides old-timers with some chances to re-live some old good (or not-so-good) times and perhaps gives some of our newer fans and appreciation for all that has gone on before. 2013 may be the top of the mountain, but for many of us the climb took 38 years.

    John aka "The Hawkstorian"

    **edited because I counted three players twice so it's really 851 total, not 854**
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  • #99

    First Last College Pos YearsGames Starts
    Donald Miller IdahoState LB 199070
    Bernard Clark Miami LB 1991 2 0
    Natu Tuatagaloa California DE 1992-1993 30 15
    Michael McCrary Wake Forest DE 1993-1996 58 13
    Matt LaBounty ArizonaState DE 1996-2001 66 10
    Levon Kirkland Clemson LB 2001 16 16
    Rocky Bernard TexasA&M DT 2002-2008 111 61
    Derek Walker Illinois DE 2009 0 0
    Jay Richardson OhioState DE 2010 9 0
    Alan Branch Michigan DT 2011-2012 33 33
    Tony McDaniel Tennessee DT 2013 19 17

    One thing that stands out with players in the 90s is there were darn few of them before 1990. It wasn't until the late 80s that it became common for linebackers to wear anything 90 and over. In fact, no player wore #99 until Donald Miller a backup and special teamer in 1990.

    The most recent is Tony McDaniel, who was a starter as a run-stopper but frequently was off the field in passing downs.

    Natu Tuatagaloa wore #99 in 1993, but wore #96 in 1992 when Cortez Kennedy switched to #99 to honor his former Miami teamate Jerome Brown who died in a car accident in June of that year.

    Matt LaBounty was #67 in 1996 after he came over in the trade for Eugene Robinson. He switched to #99 the next year. In 2001 he signed for the last 6 games of the year so he finished his Seahawk career as #91.

    My MVP at #99 is Rocky Bernard who developed into very good pass-rushing DT and was a key member of 2005 Superbowl team.


    **Edited because Michael McCrary got left out**
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  • #98

    First Last College Pos Years Games Starts
    Elston Ridgle Nevada-Reno DE 1989 2 0
    Kevin Murphy Oklahoma LB 1993 14 10
    Sam Adams Texas A&M DT 1994-1999 90 66
    Cedric Woodard Texas DT 2000-2004 63 31
    Grant Wistrom Nebraska DE 2004-2006 46 46
    Baraka Atkins Miami DE 2007-2008 21 0
    Nick Reed Oregon DE 2009 16 0
    Raheem Brock TempleDE2010-201134 0
    Greg Scruggs Louisville DE 2012-2013 13 0

    In 1989 rosters were at 47 players with 2 inactives. People often wonder why all 53 men don't suit up every Sunday, and the answer really lies in the fact that 45 players has been standard game-day roster size since the mid 1970s. Since that time, we've expanded the total roster, but severely restricted the ability for players to come back from injured reserve, so in 1989 you had Elston Ridgle on the roster for the last 7 weeks of the year, but only active for 2. He really is one of the early "bottom of the roster" players. He wore #98 probably because it was considered a less-desirable number (much like the 40s are now).

    The most current player is Greg Scruggs, who earned serious playing time in 2012 but missed all of 2013 after injuring his knee in off-season workouts. I think we all expect him back in the DL mix in 2014.

    My MVP is Sam Adams, whose combination of speed and size made him a force alongside Cortez Kennedy in the mid-late '90s. Big Sam went on to get his Superbowl ring, just not in Seattle. I know many will argue that Nick Reed is, in fact, the greatest NFL player of all-time but I'm sticking with Adams.

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  • #97

    First Last College Pos Years Games Starts
    Rufus Porter Southern LB 1988-1994 99 67
    Glenn Montgomery Houston DT 1996 7 2
    Riddick Parker North Carolina DT 1996-2000 52 19
    Dan Saleaumua Arizona State DT 1997-1998 27 15
    Brandon Mitchell Texas A&M DT 2002-2004 36 10
    Jeb Huckeba Arkansas DE 2005 0 0
    Marcus Green Ohio State DT 2006 2 0
    Patrick Kerney Virginia DE 2007-2009 40 39
    E.J. Wilson North Carolina DE 2010 1 0
    Amon Gordon Stanford DT 2010 1 0
    Patrick Chukwurah Wyoming DE 2012 1 0
    Jordan Hill Penn State DT 2013 4 0

    Does anyone remember that game where the crowd was so damn loud the offensive tackle couldn't hear the count, giving the lighting quick DE a huge get-off advantage? That DE was Cliff Avril, right? Or Clemons or Bennett or Wistrom? No, silly I'm talking about this guy:


    This legend of the 12 was not born in the energy of Pete Carroll, and not even Paul Allen's beautiful stadium. It started in the grey, cavernous and homely Kingdome, where fans first learned they could impact the game, and no player benefited more than an undrafted speedster named Rufus Porter, who also happens to be the first man ever to wear #97.

    Riddick Parker
    wore #76 for three years until he cracked the starting lineup in 1999. He's a good example of a player moving up from the practice squad to carve out a decent career.

    RIP Glenn Montgomery, who saw his play decline much too rapidly after his trade to the Seahawks in 1996. We later learned he had ALS and he passed away two years later.

    Our most recent is Jordan Hill, who never really cracked the DL rotation in 2013 and remains a source of hopefully un-tapped potential.

    My #97 MVP could very well be Porter, but instead I'm going with this guy:


    Patrick Kerney was one of the few "big money" free agent signings who lived up to the billing, if only for a couple of years. He was a legitimate defensive player of the year candidate in 2007. If you want to fight for Ruuuuuf I won't fight back too much.
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  • #96

    First Last College Pos Years Games Starts
    Chuck Butler Boise State LB 1984 8 0
    Cortez Kennedy Miami DT 1990-2000 168 153
    Norman Hand Mississippi DT 2003 6 4

    The Seahawks have had this odd way of "unofficially" retiring numbers. #96 wasn't actually retired until 'Tez made the hall, but the number has been used only sporadically even since he retired. Norman Hand used it for 1 year and then Grant Wistrom used it for 1 year before switching to #98. Since then it hasn't been used in the regular season, although every pre-season some guy would have it, then either be cut or switch to another number when then real games started.

    Well that game is over, and #96 will forever be Cortez Kennedy.

    Chuck Butler was a mid-season signing in 1984 and the first Seahawk player to wear any number in the 90s during the regular season. From 1976 through 1983 it never happened. Butler came back to training camp with a more conventional number (#52) but he never played in another regular season game.

    Obviously our "MVP" at #96 is and always will be:


    As I mentioned in the #99 post, Cortez wore #99 during his brilliant 1992 season. That year has to go down in NFL history as best single season performance on a horrible team.
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  • #95

    First Last College Pos Years Games Starts
    Dean Wells Kentucky LB 1993-1998 85 50
    James Willis Kentucky LB 1999 17 1
    John Hilliard Mississippi State DT 2000-2002 27 11
    Rashad Moore Tennessee DT 2003-2004 31 19
    Rodney Bailey Ohio State DE 2005 9 0
    Russell Davis North Carolina DT 2006 15 0
    Ellis Wyms Mississippi State DE 2007 14 0
    Lawrence Jackson Southern Cal DE 2008-2009 32 24
    Kentwan Balmer North Carolina DT 2010 18 13
    Loni Fangupo Bringham Young DT 2012 1 0
    Benson Mayowa Idaho DE 2013 2 0

    As I present 852 players in Seahawk history, many from years past you may have forgotten or never even heard of, but what's funny is this current era of constant roster churn has created a new class of now-you-see-them-now-you-don't players that you may forget even a year later. Does anyone recall Loni Fangupo? He played in one game December 23, 2012. Not that long ago. For the record, he was promoted from the practice squad for one game, and then waived again but claimed by Pittsburgh.

    Benson Mayowa climbed a steep hill to make the 53 man roster in 2013. He played in 2 games while Chris Clemons was recovering and hasn't played since. He will be an interesting player to watch this off-season.

    No player wore #95 until 1993, which was the longest wait for any roster number in team history. Dean Wells became a solid starting middle linebacker in the mid - '90s. I remember his big wingspan could wreak havoc in the passing lanes. No #95 since has matched his Seahawk career.

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  • #94

    First Last College Pos Years Games Starts
    Rod Stephens Georgia Tech LB 1989-1994 76 34
    Chad Brown Colorado LB 1997-2004 110 110
    Bryce Fisher Air Force LB 2005-2007 38 36
    Howard Green Louisiana State DT 2007-2008 20 0
    Cory Redding Texas DT 2009 15 3
    Junior Siavii Oregon DT 2010 14 6
    Anthony Hargrove Georgia Tech DE 2011 15 0
    Jaye Howard Florida DT 2012 2 0
    D'Anthony Smith Louisiana Tech DT 2013 2 0

    Does anyone remember "Plan B" free agency? I imagine Rod Stephens does. Stephens was undrafted in 1989 but worked his way from the "developmental squad" to the regular roster and played mainly special teams. He was also the first #94 in team history. In those years teams could protect a certain number of players and the rest were free to sign elsewhere, so Stephens signed with Denver in 1990, but never made it out of camp. Stephens signed back with the Seahawks in December that year and went on to become the starting MLB.

    Perhaps D'Anthony Smith becomes another player who works his way to a starting role.

    Far and away the greatest #94 is LB Chad Brown. Brown was the first player to fly to Seattle in Paul Allen's private jet, and wasn't allowed to leave town until he signed for whatever it took. We can only wonder what his career would have been with some better defensive talent around him.


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  • #93

    First Last College Pos Years Games Starts
    E.J. Junior Alabama LB 1992-1993 9 0
    Brent Williams Toledo DE 1994-1995 21 19
    Philip Daniels Georgia DE 1996-1999 61 42
    Rahmaan Streater Richmond DE 2000 0 0
    John Randle Texas A&I DT 2001-2003 44 35
    Craig Terrill Louisiana State DT 2004-2010 96 5
    Pep Levingston Louisiana State DT 2011 4 0
    O'Brien Scofield Wisconsin DE 2013 17 2

    E.J. Junior came to the Seahawks late in '92 season as injuries decimated the Seahawk's defense. He wore #53 in '92. It seems now a bit odd to bring in a 10 year veteran to fill in on a team whose season was long-since over. Junior even returned in '93 (as#93!) and played 4 games before his season and career ended on injured reserve.

    O'Brien Scofield was also an ex-Cardinal but that's where the similarities end.

    There are three candidates for MVP at #93. Philip Daniels became a very good bookend opposite Michael Sinclair on the defensive line, but left in free agency and played another 10 years for the Bears and Redskins. He's one of those guys we couldn't afford to keep as Mike Holmgren dealt with salary cap issues in his early GM years.

    John Randle ended his hall of fame career with Seattle, and brought veteran savy and leadership to the defense, leading the team in sacks 2 of his 3 seasons.

    Craig Terrill isn't really anyone's MVP but he was a popular player and stuck around for a lot of years as a backup "High Motor" DT. I was never a huge fan but that doesn't mean you aren't.

    My choice:

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  • #92

    First Last College PosYearsGames Starts
    Dave WymanStanfordLB1987-19926257
    Mike Frier Appalachian State DE 1994 2 0
    Henry McMillian Florida DT 1995-1996 4 0
    Lamar King Saginaw Valley StDE1999-20036037
    Alain Kashama Michigan DE 2005 10
    ChrisCooper Nebraska-Omaha DE 20060 0
    BrandonMebane California DT 2007-2013 116 109

    Dave Wyman was the first ever #92, a 2nd round draft choice whom the team tried to trade to San Francisco after one season but the 49ers sent him back, something about a knee injury. Wyman played 5 more injury riddled years in Seattle before bolting for Denver. I thought in Super Bowl week Wyman ducked the fact that in his heart he was truly a Donky. We know better

    Kashama is the only player in NFL history named Alain.

    Mike Frier was paralyzed in an accident in which his teammate Lamar Smith was driving -- one of the darkest moments in team history.

    It is 8 posts before a current player is awarded the MVP, and Brandon Mebane is the clear choice. For seven seasons he has anchored the middle of the defensive line, and was an essential part of the Super Bowl Champion team.

    You may be curious how many current players will be the most valuable at their number, and the answer is "quite a few". I'll let you guess when the next one is, but hurry up since it is coming up very soon.

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  • #91
    First LastCollege Pos YearsGames Starts
    JimSkow Nebraska DE 1991 11 1
    Tyrone Rodgers Washington DE 1992-1994 37 0
    MartinHarrisonWashington DE 1997 80
    Tim Watson RowanDT200000
    Anton PalepoiNevada-Las Vegas DE 2002-2004221
    ChuckDarby South Carolina St. DT 2005-20074139

    The first ever #91 was Darrin Miller, not to be confused with Donald Miller. Darrin played two seasons as a backup linebacker, yet only had 1 fewer career interception than Kelly Jennings.

    It is assumed that Chris Clemons will be released or forced to re-negotiate his contract soon, but before he goes we should definitely appreciate the part he played in the tremendous pass rush the Seahawks had in SB48. If Clemons has played his last game as a Seahawk, he certainly hasn't played his last game in the NFL.

    The #91 MVP:

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  • #90
    First Last CollegePosYearsGamesStarts
    James HoodArizona StateWR 19870 0
    Jethro Franklin Fresno StateDE198971
    TerryWooden Syracuse LB1990-19968987
    MikeCroelNebraska LB199812 0
    ChadEatonWashington StateDT2001-2003 32 32
    MarcusTubbsTexasDT2004-200732 17
    Brandon MillerGeorgia DE200810
    AlWoods Louisiana StateDT 201120
    JasonJonesEastern Michigan DT2012120
    JesseWilliamsAlabama DT 2013 00

    After the 2007 player strike which resulted in 3 "replacement" player games, the NFL expanded rosters from 45 to 51 with 6 gameday inactives. Before the strike, rosters were at the standard 45 only. The roster expansion was there to help the transition back to REAL football. The Seahawks used that expanded roster to keep 3 replacement players (including QB Bruce Mathison), bring 2 players back from IR and also sign a WR prospect from the CFL named James Hood. Hood was inactive for two weeks and when the league pared rosters back to 49 (with 4 inactives) Hood was placed on IR. He came back to training camp the following year but was soon back in the CFL.

    Hood isn't on any official Seahawk all-time roster, but in my view he occupied a spot on the team and he wasn't a replacement player so he counts. He was assigned #90 but he never saw the field.

    The most recent #90 might also never see the field. Jesse Williams was never healthy in training camp and we'll see if he comes back in condition to play. If so, Australia will be proud.

    Marcus Tubbs battled knee injuries in his brief career. While healthy he was the anchor of the defense that played in the Superbowl. He gets a a bum rap in some circles, but in my opinion a player isn't a "bust" because of bad knees. I could easily argue he was the best #90 in team history...

    ... if it wasn't for Terry Wooden. Wooden was a tackling machine on some of the very good defenses of the early '90s. He doesn't seem to get the recognition he deserves as one of the all-time great Seahawks, but he gets my vote as best #90 in Seahawk history.


    Here's what many consider among the best draft classes in team history:

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  • #89
    DukeFergerson San Diego StateWR1977-1979338
    MarkMcGrathMontana StateWR1980-1981 60
    Byron WalkerCitadelWR 1982-1986633
    Jim Laughton San Diego StateTE 198760
    BobWilliamsPenn StateTE19870 0
    ItulaMiliBringham YoungTE1997-200611744
    Jerheme UrbanTrinityWR2003-2005112
    BooneStutzTexas A&MLS200780
    JohnCarlsonNotre DameTE 2008-20114938

    Now that we're out of the 90s we finally go back all the way to the beginning -- 1976. That first year roster was a mish-mash of expansion draftees, draft picks, and castoff from other teams. The start of the season rosters were at 49 players but after two weeks it pared down to 45. Alvis Darby was a 6th round pick who played in the first game in team history, but was waived on the cut to 45.

    If you remember the early Seahawks, the #89 that more likely comes to mind is Duke Fergerson. Fergerson was a speedster whom the Seahawks gave up a 2nd round pick in a trade with Dallas, but his career never lived up to his potential and he was cut during the '79 season.

    Byron Walker was a solid WR target for Dave Krieg during the good teams of the mid-80s.

    Itula Mili wore #49 when he was drafted in 1997 but switched to #89 in 2000 just as he was established as the starting TE. For whatever reason he switched to #89 mid-way through 2003 until his career faded to an end in 2006. I put him at #89 for this list but really I just wish he would have made a choice and stayed with it!

    When I was doing this list I was shocked that Boone Stutz was here 8 games. Don't let anyone tell you Long Snapper isn't a vital position!

    Our current #89 is the brilliant Doug Baldwin, who started his career as #15 but switched to #89 in deference to the almighty Matt Flynn. Baldwin will probably be very pissed off if I don't name him the greatest #89 in team history and yet I feel compelled to withhold this honor so that he may continue his Seahawk career with one more giant boulder on his shoulder. I suspect if he stays with us a few more years I may have to relent.

    Until then, the MVP at #89 goes to one of my all time favorite Seahawks:


    If you never saw Brian Blades play let me say he would have fit in very nicely with our 2013 Seahawks. The man defined toughness and competitiveness. Watching Baldwin today I wouldn't say they are the same player, but I will say the #89 today brings back a lot of great memories of the #89 back then. How Brian Blades is not in the Seahawks ring of honor is a mystery to me.

    What do you remember of some of the great #89 receivers in Seahawk history?
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  • #88
    WillieBouyerMichigan StateWR1989-199010
    JeffChadwickGrand Valley StWR1989-1991390
    David DanielsPenn StateWR1991-199229 1
    TerrenceWarren HamptonWR1993-1994160
    RickyProehlWake Forest WR1995-1996247
    DeemsMayNorth CarolinaTE 1997-1999480
    JamesWilliamsMarshall WR 2000-2002 294
    MarcusPollard BradleyTE20071612
    JebPutzierBoise StateTE200861
    Cameron MorrahCaliforniaTE2009-2012287

    What a long, mostly unspectacular list. When you think about the NFL #88 sure seems like a glamorous list. Lynn Swann! Michael Irvin! Deems May! What we really have is a lot of guys, many of whom were decent in short stretches, none of whom was around long.

    The starting WRs in the first ever Seahawks game were Steve Raible and Don Clune, an expansion draft pick from the Giants. Those two combined for one catch for 6 yards, meanwhile a couple of backups named Largent and McCullum combined for 9 catches, 198 yards and 2 TDs. I'll let you guess who the starting WRs were in week two.

    Pete Metzalaars was traded for Byron Franklin. Metzalaars went on to have a nice career in Buffalo. Franklin went on to have a typical Seahawks #88 career.

    David Daniels and Terrence Warren were both fast receivers drafted by Tom Flores to try to develop the Raiders stretch offense.

    Deems May was one of those TEs who would catch a pass every month. He kind of epitomized the idea of the 3rd TE being as a designated blocker, an idea we still seems to hold onto.

    The most recent #88 was Cameron Morrah, who really showed some promise until he missed the 2012 season with a mangled knee. At last report he's still trying to work his way back into the NFL.

    Finding my MVP at #88 was tough, but Jeff Chadwick did manage 57 catches for 828 yards and 7 TDs in 3 years. This is currently 47th place on the all-time Seahawks receiving yards list. Franklin is 53rd. Morrah is 94th. May is 152nd. Don't take my word for it: ... eiving.htm

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  • #87
    RonHowardSeattle TE 1976-19784236
    RogerCarrLouisiana TechWR 198292
    CharleYoungSouthern CalTE1983-19855048
    RobertTylerSouth Carolina St.TE198999
    PaulGreenSouthern CalTE1992-19943523
    CarlesterCrumplerEast CarolinaTE1994-19986731
    DerrickMayesNotre DameWR1999-20003023
    TacoWallaceKansas StateWR2003-200440
    JoeJureviciusPenn StateWR20051913
    BenObomanuAuburn WR2006-20127014
    KellenDavisMichigan StateTE2013175

    The idea to convert a college basketball star to TE didn't begin with Antonio Gates. In 1974 Dallas signed Ron Howard out of Seattle University. Howard never played college football but developed into an NFL TE and was selected by the Seahawks in the 1976 expansion draft. He went on to play 3 seasons and was the leading receiver on the team not named Largent or McCullum.

    Joe Jurevicius had perhaps the greatest "One Year Wonder" season in team history. I predicted he would be cut during the 2005 training camp which is why no one pays attention to my predictions anymore.

    The next year the Seahawks drafted Ben Obomanu, who last 7 seasons as a backup WR and core special teamer.

    The current #87 is Kellen Davis, who played 17 games (including 2 playoff games) after being signed in week 2. He was then made inactive for the Superbowl. Just remember that "Always Compete" means some players get left behind.

    My MVP for #87 could come from any number of guys. Some of you will certainly pick JJ based on his 10 TD 2005 season. My favorite, however, was a veteran signed by Chuck Knox to help his 1983 team win sooner than later. Charle Young caught 97 passes in three seasons and helped pave the road for a young tailback from Penn State named Curt Warner.

    Sorry, couldn't find a good pick of Young, so here's another


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  • #86
    MikeTiceMarylandTE1981-1988, 1990-199113787
    Robb ThomasOregon StateWR1992-1995623
    ChristianFauria ColoradoTE1995-2001 10473
    JerramyStevens WashingtonTE2002-20067829
    JohnOwensNotre DameTE2009163
    ChrisBakerMichigan StateTE20101613
    ZachMillerArizona StateTE2011-20135046

    In the 1976 draft two WRs from Tulsa were selected. Steve Largent was drafted in the 4th round by Houston and traded to Seattle at the end of training camp. His teammate Jesse Green was drafted by Green Bay in the 10th round but never stuck on a roster until signed by the Seahawks mid-way through the 1979 season. Green caught 5 balls in 2 years and also returned 15 kickoffs in 1980 but was waived again before that season ended.

    More 1976 Tulsa draft nuggets -- QB Jeb Blount was drafted in the 2nd round by Oakland but was out of the league two years later. The Seahawks drafted punter Rick Engles in the THIRD round AHEAD of Largent. Engles was cut after the first game of his second season. So yeah, you can tell all your friends that the Tulsa punter was drafted ahead of Steve Largent. Aren't you glad you stuck with this thread?

    #86 was worn predominately by tight ends, the most recent being Zach Miller who has been a solid blocker and receiver but his huge contract leaves his future in doubt.

    Mike Tice played 10 years in Seattle with a 1 year sabbatical in Washington in 1989 as one of the original "Plan-B" free agents. It amazes me that in 10 years he managed 92 catches for 766 yards. Yeah, you could say he was a "blocking TE" but a very good one and certainly a strong candidate for best at his number.

    It's a tough call for me. I could go Tice or Miller but instead I'll go with this guy:


    Christian Fauria was a solid receiver and blocker for 6 years in Seattle before going on to win a couple of Superbowls with New England. If Zach puts up a couple more solid years in Seattle this could change.
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  • #85
    GordonHudsonBringham YoungTE1986164
    JimmyTealTexas A&MWR1987-198862
    HarperLe BelColorado StateTE1989160
    RonHellerOregon StateTE1990, 1992325
    MikePrichard ColoradoWR1996-19996340
    JamesHillAbilene ChristianTE2000100
    AlexBannisterEastern KentuckyWR2001-2005585
    WillHellerGeorgia TechTE2006-2008487
    AnthonyMcCoySouthern CalTE2010-20133615

    **edited to fix Ron Heller**

    Ok more Tulsa Seahawk WR history -- Paul Johns was signed out of Tulsa as an undrafted FA in 1981 and became the first 85 in Seahawk history. Johns fast became a productive receiver and punt returner, but his career was ended by a neck injury, forcing his retirement. He has remained a part of the Seahawk organization ever since.

    Our most recent #85 was on IR in 2013 and is currently a free agent, but Anthony McCoy seemed to really break through in 2012 and we may not have seen the last of him.

    The numbers tell me Mike Pritchard is the top #85 in team history, but I'm going to stick with Johns, who fast became a crowd favorite, and was a key contributor in the Seahawks first ever playoff run in 1983.

    No good action pic that I can find, sorry.

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  • #84
    FirstLastCollegePosYearsGames Starts
    SamMcCullumMontana StateWR1976-19819178
    Sam ClancyPittsburghDE1982-1983160
    DwightScalesGrambling StateWR 198440
    LouisClarkMississippi StateWR1987-19925615
    KelvinMartinBoston College WR1993-19943229
    JoeyGallowayOhio StateWR1995-1999 7267
    Bobby EngramPenn StateWR2001-200811874
    T.J.HoushmandzadehOregon State WR20091616
    SeanMcGrathHenderson StateTE201240

    I told you it would get better...

    If you want to appreciate Seahawks history, you probably already know about Jim Zorn and Steve Largent and some of the great defensive players in the '80s and '90s but there's a name you need to know about and that's Sam McCullum. McCullum was an expansion draft choice who caught the first TD pass in Seahawk history and if that doesn't impress you then he went ahead and caught the second team TD also. He was a fixture in the offense right along Largent and was even named MVP by his teammates in 1980. He was often referred to a "Slow Sam" but he managed nearly 15 yards per reception, a number that would hold up very well even in today's explosive passing games.

    McCullum was also famous as the team's union rep leading into the strike-shortened 1982 season. McCullum was cut just as the season was about to begin in a move many believed to be motivated not by his production on the field. It was a horribly way to end what was a very good Seahawk career and at least he did get to raise the 12th man flag in 2005 (although it was pre-season which is BS he deserves another shot!). ... e6b94b899f

    The next #84 was a defensive lineman, Sam Clancy, who played one year before bolting for the USFL. He was the only lineman in team history to wear a number in the 80s as the practice was winding down league-wide. **edit** turns out there was another DL-man who wore #82, see that post. Clancy was drafted as a TE which is why he wore #84.

    Danny Greene was a former Husky who caught the TD on one of the craziest plays in team history. Monday Night Football vs. the LA Rams in 2005, Dave Krieg fumbled the snap, kicked the ball and somehow managed to pick it up and throw the ball to Greene for the score. Probably the only highlight you'll see of Greene in a Seahawk uniform.

    Kelvin Martin is a cautionary tale of overpaying marginal players on Superbowl winning teams. Just saying.

    Our most recent #84 was TE Sean McGrath who played 4 games at the end of 2012 but was cut at the end of the last training camp. He seemed to do OK in Kansas City so not sure why we couldn't have used him.

    While McCullum is a old-timers favorite, the MVP at #84 really comes down to two guys who currently reside 4th and 5th in all-time receiving yards in team history (McCullum is 8th).

    Bobby Engram was a surprise cut by the Bears in 2001 and was snatched up by the Seahawks. He went on to become Mr. Reliable on 3rd downs and was one of Matt Hasselbeck's favorite targets during the high powered offenses of the early part of this century. Engram would top the list at quite a few other roster numbers in this series....

    .... and I know some of you aren't going to l like it....

    But the greatest #84 in team history is Joey Galloway and I don't want to hear any bitching about it.

    In Galloway's too brief Seahawk career he was nothing short of electric. He brought a dimension to Seahawk football that we never even knew existed. If you didn't see Galloway play imagine a little bit of what Percy Harvin has shown and that's similar to what Galloway did. When a guy has moves and speed on the field that defenders haven't seen before it just makes them look stupid, and Galloway had all that.

    I'm not happy about how he left, and his holdout was a huge black eye that can never be healed, but Dallas didn't give up two #1s because they were stupid. If Galloway hadn't blown out his knee his first year in Dallas he'd be either IN or on his way to the hall of fame.

    Galloways numbers in 3 1/2 years are about the same as Engram's in 7 years only with more touchdowns and more electric special teams.

    I loved Engram as much as the next guy, but there just isn't any other choice here.


    Because he also deserves it here's second place:

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  • #83
    SteveRaibleGeorgie TechWR1976-1981848
    RayButlerSouthern CalWR1985-1988439
    TreyJunkinLouisiana TechTE/LS1990-1995922
    RonnieWilliamsOklahoma StateTE1996143
    TyreeDavisCentral ArkansasWR1997131
    RobertWilsonFlorida A&MWR1997-1999180
    KarstenBaileyAuburnWR1999-2000 110
    RyanHannamNorthern IowaTE2002-2005565
    Deion BranchLouisvilleWR2006-20105443
    StephenWilliamsToledoWR 201340
    RicardoLocketteFort Valley StWR2011, 2013131

    In the Seahawks first ever college draft they had the 2nd overall pick, then THREE second round picks, THREE third round picks and THREE fourth round picks and THREE fifth round picks. Could you imagine what John Schneider could have done with all those draft choices? All told the Seahawks had 25 draft picks in 17 rounds, including a QB from Washington named Chris Rowland who was Warren Moon's backup.

    Unfortunately, it's tough to build a team with that many rookies and most of those young players failed to contribute much to the future success of the team. One guy who did manage to carve out a nice career was a WR from Georgia Tech named Steve Raible but even his success was mainly on special teams and as a backup. Raible went on, of course, do to the color analysis for the Seahawk radio broadcast alongside the wonderful Pete Gross and he eventually took the job as play-by-play broadcaster. Raibles calls of the 2013 post-season games and Superbowl will be lodged in our minds for many years to come.

    Here's Raible "back in the day".


    In years past your long snapper used to a backup lineman or TE. The first time I remember a guy staying on the team to do solely that job was Trey Junkin, who started out as a backup TE, even catching a pass here and there. Since then we've always had a guy who just did the long snapper job, but Junkin was our first ever true specialist.

    The most recent #83 is Ricardo Lockette, who fills a role now similar to Raible's back then: Run fast on special teams and catch a pass once in a while. Maybe he has a career in broadcasting?

    The MVP at #83 was probably the only guy I can ever remember who was both traded FROM and TO the same team. Deion Branch probably didn't have the career we expected from him, but he did manage to climb to 9th all-time in career receiving yards and touchdowns.

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  • #82
    MarkBellColorado StateTE-DE1979-1982402
    CharlesJordanLong Beach CityWR199941
    RuvellMartinSaginaw Valley St.WR201061
    DominiqueByrdSouthern CalTE201110

    **edited because I had an errant Heller on there**

    Mid-way through the 1977 season the Seahawks picked up a TE named Fred Rayhle who had been in camp with Dallas as an undrafted free agent. Rayhle played one game then was placed on IR. He came back to training camp in 1978 but didn't last much longer than that. The stories of our all-time players are sometimes quite rich, and sometimes they are just guys who got a brief shot and then disappeared. Part of why I put my heart into this project is I believe every player who wore a Seahawk jersey, however briefly, at least deserves to be acknowledged.

    The next #82 was Mark Bell, who was drafted as a TE but converted to DE after spending the 1981 season on IR. He is the only player in team history to have a sack and catch a pass in his Seahawk career (as far as my limited research can tell). When mentioning Sam Clancy I mistakenly said Clancy was the only DL in team history to wear a number in the 80s, but Bell was another. Clancy was another TE convert which explains it.

    The most recent #82 is Luke Willson, who should be the first player in a few season to wears that number in consecutive years.

    Paul Skansi is a legendary Seahawk -- the original third down master and one of Dave Krieg's most consistent targets. He also was cut and returned probably more than any other player in team history. Skansi was on the receiving end of one of the greatest games in team history as Dave Krieg eluded a record 8th sack from Derrick Thomas to win in Kansas City. Skansi would certainly be worthy of the MVP at this number if it wasn't for...


    Darrell Jackson currently sits 3rd in all-time receiving yards and 2nd in TD receptions with 47. For comparison the highest ranking current Seahawk in TD catches is Golden Tate. He has 15. Jackson was the number one target of Matt Hasselbeck and established himself as an all-time Seahawk. He definitely has his own personality, and had some bad spurts of "dropsies", but all is forgiven in my book.
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  • #81
    John SawyerS. MississippiTE1977-19826539
    DarylTurnerMichigan StateWR1984-19876240
    SeanDawkins California WR 1999-20003331
    KorenRobinsonNorth Carolina StWR2001-2004,20087165
    PeterWarrickFlorida StateWR2005155
    NateBurlesonNevadaWR2006-2009 5034
    GoldenTateNotre DameWR2010-20136537

    Our first #81 was John McMakin, an expansion draft pick from Detroit. McMakin caught only 9 passes but averaged over 17 yards per catch and scored two TDs.

    The next year the Seahawks claimed John "Country" Sawyer off waivers and he eventually became the started. Sawyer caught 84 passes in 5 seasons (he was on IR in '79) but never found the end zone.

    After that, we have a list of receivers who all were productive in their own time, but no one who really stands above the rest.

    Daryl Turner, Tommie Kane and Koren Robinson may all be better known for challenges off the field than on it. I prefer not to dwell on the details.

    Which leaves our more current #81, Golden Tate. In case you think I'm just concerned about numbers when deciding my MVP let me point out that Tate is still 15 yards behind Robinson in all-time receiving, but Tate has been not only performed on the field, his only off-field "incident" pales in comparison the what Robinson subjected himself and the fans to.

    Plus, Tate threw a TD pass which elevates his ranking a lot.

    It's been too long since a member of the championship team has topped the list, so I present to you:


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    JerryRiceMississippi Valley St.WR20041210

    Football, and all sports for the matter, uses symbols to establish identity and connection with fans. We see "our guy" in a uniform and we instantly feel like that player is a part of us, even if it's just a guy who was drafted from the deep south who has no desire to be in the northwest. As Jerry Seinfeld astutely pointed out: We're rooting for laundry.

    Opposing that reality is the fact that we live in an increasing literal society where symbols are losing their power and I think that's a shame. For some of us, symbols still hold meaning because they point us to deeper truths and emotions. No Green Bay fan ever expected to see Brett Favre in a different jersey. The jersey itself is a symbol.

    What if I told you that in 15 years Russell Wilson will be playing out his career in San Diego? Would that upset you? Did San Francisco fans ever dream that one day Jerry Rice would be wearing #80 for the Raiders of all teams? Or Seattle or that matter?

    It's a long way of saying why the needless handing of #80 to Jerry Rice still gnaws at me. Steve Largent was my hero growing up, back when boys still had heroes. #80 on the blue jersey was a symbol that held power, and my connection with the man in the jersey helped me grow up into the fan and the man I became. That may sound silly to you but that's because different images mean different things to different people. Today we have a man playing for the Seahawks who for the first time since 1989 seems up to the task of matching what Steve Largent meant to me as a child. Russell Wilson is the hero for young Seahawk fans today and that's a monumental connection that is rare.

    Wilson may very well be the last Seahawk to ever wear #3, but he won't be the only #3 in team history. Steve Largent was the original #80 and should have been the only and last. There was a purity to it that was senselessly squashed in a blatant marketing stunt. Many of you will say it doesn't matter because it's "only a number" and I can't disagree with that logic. To me, however, #80 is not only a number. It's an image of some of the very best moments of my childhood and it's still rich and wonderful and only ever so slightly diminished.

    In case you forgot, Steve Largent retired from the NFL with every significant receiving record to his name. The fact that Rice and others have made his numbers look less remarkable is a testament to the evolution of the game, not the greateness of the achievement.



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  • #79
    JimWhiteColorado StateDE197620
    JacobGreenTexas A&MDE1980-1991185183
    JasonChildsNorth DakotaT199300
    GrantWilliamsLouisiana TechT1996-19995824
    RedBryantTexas A&MDE/DT2008-20136959

    9 names but 5 of them played 3 games between them. Every list is just a little different.

    Jim White was claimed off waivers from Houston about the same time Steve Largent was traded so maybe they caught the same flight! He was then cut when rosters reduced from 49 to 45 in week 3. He was picked up by Denver but his NFL story ended there. He passed away in 1981 from cancer that was considered linked to steroid use. He's the earliest death I can find for a former Seahawk player. He was only 33 years old.

    Red Bryant is, of course, Jacob's Green's Son-in-law which is quite an amazing coincidence when you think of the sequence of events that had to happen for this to be true. Presumably Bryant wore #79 in tribute to his father-in-law and the brilliant career Jacob had. Bryant taught me the meaning of "setting the edge" and I doubt any player in team history did it better.

    But his career still takes a back seat to Papa Green. ... 03db6f64c1

    When we discuss the "all-time" Seahawks I sometimes fear Green gets lost in the mix but he was a run-stopper and sack-master who played most every down. In 12 seasons he missed exactly one game. One. He was a model of consistency and at times dominant. He is the all-time Seahawk sack leader, a status that doesn't figure to change in my lifetime.

    One of the Top-5 All-Time Seahawks in my opinion.

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  • #78
    DougHollieSouthern MethodistDE198830
    EricHayesFlorida StateDT1990-1991213
    MikeKeimBrigham YoungT1992-1995270
    RobertPollardTexas ChristianDE2005-200610
    KyleWilliamsSouthern CalT2007-200963
    AllenBarbreMissouri SouthernT2010-201260

    Despite 39 "expansion draft" picks and 25 rookie draft picks, the Seahawks spent the week prior to the regular season scanning the waiver wire. Among the players added then was Bob Newton, a veteran guard who had been cut by the Bears. He was sometimes referred to as "Fig" presumably because Strawberry Newtons hadn't been invented yet.

    I have to admit my recollection of the early Seahawk teams is a bit sketchy and I certainly wasn't old enough to form much of an opinion as to which lineman was very good, or necessarily better than others. Newton didn't start regularly until 1978 but he did play 6 seasons in Seattle and had a respectable 11 year NFL career.

    Antonio Cochran worked his into the defensive line rotation and was even a starter for a while, but his career seemed to fade once he got his new contract.

    Tyler Polumbus will always have a place in our hearts as the guy who ran down the field next to Marshawn Lynch during the Beastquake run. Polumbus actually beat Lynch to the endzone!

    The most current #78 is Alvin Bailey, who turned into the secret weapon in the playoffs as the Seahawks used him frequently as a 6th offensive lineman in running downs. Even though he was undrafted he looks the part to me. Frankly, I'm probably not better at judging linemen now than I was in the '70s. That's why I rely on you guys for more lucid analysis.

    My #78 MVP goes to Newton, but if you have better memories of Cochran than I do I won't disagree with you.

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  • #77
    DarrickGrahamAppalachian StateG1996-19972525
    FloydWomackMississippi StateT2001-20089949
    BrandonFryeVirginia TechT200943
    DamionMcIntoshKansas StateT2009102
    JarrielKingSouth CarolinaT201110
    JamesCarpenterAlabama T/G2011-20133428

    Bob Newton, uh I mean Richard Harris was claimed off waivers from Chicago just prior to the 1976 and plugged right into the starting lineup. Harris was a former #1 pick (5th overall) by Philadelphia in 1971. He played every game the first two seasons and was probably our best d-lineman those years.

    Harris' job was then taken by another veteran, Bill Gregory, whom the Seahawks traded for from Dallas. Gregory was the first ever Seahawks d-lineman to intercept a pass.

    Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack was not just a great name, but he also played 4 of 5 positions on the offensive line. He's the guy who used to get all training camp snaps when Walter Jones kept skipping training camp.

    The most recent #77 is James Carpenter who was a #1 pick but hasn't been able to stay in the lineup consistently. He probably gets one more year to prove he belongs.

    The best #77 in team history was Jeff Bryant, a #1 pick in 1982 and played 11 seasons, most of which was alongside his d-line teammates Jacob Green and Joe Nash. Bryant, Nash & Green are played together 10 seasons, most of them as the starting line in the 3-4 scheme. Bryant may be the least famous of the three but he had 14.5 sacks in 1984 and 63 in his career, currently 3rd all-time. He was an every-down player and he and Green were the bookends of the Seahawks defenses of the '80s.

    Bryant raised the 12th man flag in 2007 but it was pre-season which I always think is a slightly reduced honor: ... 6bdd45d45d

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  • #76
    JonBorchardtMontana StateG1985-1987434
    RussellOkungOklahoma StateT2010-20135252

    **edited because I frequently get my Big-10 schools confused**

    An interesting and short group: all offensive linemen who played at least three years and four guys who all started for extended periods. No cup-o-coffee guys that we see on most of the other numbers.

    Steve August was a number one pick who started at right tackle for most of six seasons. On many all-time teams he is considered the best right tackle in team history, although I'd probably take Sean Locklear ahead of him. His career came abruptly to an end during the 1984 as he was traded to Pittsburgh after a crappy game against Oakland.

    Russell Okung was drafted high in the first round to be the left tackle for the next 10 years, but he has suffered from both injuries and comparisons to Walter Jones. Instead of comparing him to Walt I think we got to compare him a to Paul McQuistan this year and frankly I'm pretty happy with how our season ended.

    It's interesting that this morning the subject of Steve Hutchinson came up and the circumstances of his departure. I'm not one to get too upset when a player leaves over money or contracts. Many Seattle fans were inconsolable over the way Alex Rodriguez left the Mariners and remained bitter for years after. My feeling is this: we are fans and we enjoy the games but we don't really know what goes on in the business side. We don't know how much players are asking for. We don't know their medical background or the chemistry in the locker room. Sure it's disappointing the way Hutch left, but he trusted his agent and did what he thought was best for himself, which is all any of us would do.

    And NONE of this in any way impacts the indisputable fact that he is the greatest #76 in team history.

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  • #75
    RobertHardyJackson StateDT1979-19835453
    MikeWilsonGeorgiaT1986-1989 6262
    KeithMillardWashington StateDE199220
    Howard BallardAlabama A&MT1994-19987474
    SeanLocklearNorth Carolina StT2004-201010787
    MikePersonMontana StateT2012-201310

    Dave Tipton was an expansion pick from San Diego who started 12 of 14 games in 1976 but was cut the following summer.

    The 1976 expansion produced some very good players for the Seahawks, including the late Dave Brown, who was an early ring of honor inductee. The draft was originally scheduled for January but was delayed for two months over concerns the players union may attempt to prevent players from being selected. That delay also wound up delaying the college draft.

    There were 26 existing teams at the time, each team protected 29 players. Once a player was selected from that team they could protect two more. Overall each existing team had three players selected by Seattle and Tampa Bay for a total of 78 players, or 39 each side. When the draft was over the draft list was presented alphabetically, so we don't know the order of selection, unless someone else out there knows?

    Robert Hardy had one of the best nicknames in team history, "Heartburn" and in my opinion was as good or better than his fellow draftee whom we will discus tomorrow.

    The Seahawks traded a #2 draft pick for Keith Millard in 1992 but knee problems kept him out of training camp and he was cut after 2 games. I'd say it was a terrible trade but the Seahawks had no clue how to draft back then so I doubt it hurt them much.

    The most recent #75 was Mike Person whom you may recall played the part of the 6th o-lineman in the opening game this year. It apparently didn't work too well and he was gone the following week.

    Two right tackles who played opposite Walter Jones vie for the MVP at #75. "House" Ballard was a free agent from those great Buffalo teams who played four solid years for Seattle helping protect a couple of QBs (Friesz & Moon) who frankly needed protecting. He was a warrior and a true leader in those years.

    Sean Locklear settled nicely into the RT position and became an excellent pass protector. Someone also once quoted me a stat that said Shaun Alexander gained more yards running to the right than to the left those years but who knows. Locklear also didn't commit any penalties in SBXL that I could see.

    Locklear is a worthy choice, but "House" is one of my unsung favorites in team history so he gets my vote.

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  • #74
    RonEastMontana StateDE197714 14
    MikeFanningNotre DameDE1984180
    WarrenWheatBrigham YoungG1989-1991167
    JamesAtkinsSW LouisianaT1993-19974937
    ToddWeinerKansas StateT1998-20015020
    MattHillBoise StateT2002-2003282
    RayWillisFlorida StateT2005-20104426
    CaylinHauptmannFlorida InternationalT201300

    Not real exciting today or tomorrow. I'll do my best to get us through the next couple of days then it gets better I promise!

    Carl Barisich was an expansion choice from Cleveland who had 5 1/2 sacks (unofficial back then) in that initial season but was traded to Miami on the eve of camp the following year. He went on to play 5 more seasons with the Dolphins and Giants so not sure why we didn't keep him.

    The rest of the list is a who's who of offensive linemen who made some amount of contribution but nobody who was a regular starter for very long. Todd Weiner developed into a very good right tackle but then signed with Atlanta where he went on to start for most of the next 7 seasons.

    Our current #74 is Caylin Hauptmann, who was signed as extra depth as our offensive line dealt with injuries. He was active for three games but never saw the field, not even to block on an extra point. Still, he gets the same Ring as everyone else!

    Manu Tuiasosopo is clearly the most famous name on the list and probably the best player although I was never a big fan of his career. It was most entertaining watching the TV announcers try to pronounce his name -- in current times we know his famous kids so it isn't that hard to say "2 E Ahh So Soap Oh". Daddy Tui was benched in 1983 the same week as Jim Zorn, which of course led to our first playoff run. Maybe that's why I have a hard time giving his career much credit. I'm probably being too hard on him although the first round picks AFTER him had much better careers.

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  • #73
    NormEvansTexas ChristianT1976-19783724
    CurtSingerWashingtonT1986-1987, 1990-1991240
    AlvinPowellWinston-Salem StG1986-1988190
    MarcusJenkinsCentral FloridaG200000
    WilliamRobinsonSan Diego StT201010
    MichaelBowieNE Oklahoma StT2013109

    Of the expansion draft picks, Norm Evans was probably the most well known player. He was an 11 year veteran, former pro bowler, and the starting right tackle for the Dolphin Super Bowl teams of the early '70s. After his Seahawk career he published the "Norm Evans Seahawk Report" for 4 years.

    Andre Hines. Ugh. At least he's on the list. Owen Gill isn't because Gill didn't survive his first training camp. The Seahawk's history of 2nd round picks is a pretty sad story.

    Michael Bowie was a 7th round pick who showed promise when pressed into service. Looks like he has a shot to start in 2014.

    Ray Roberts was a former #1 pick who played well at times but lost the starting job to James Atkins, of all people. He had slightly more success is Detroit before settling back in Seattle doing radio and public speaking. He wins best #73 by default. Thanks for sticking with me this far, folks -- the numbers get much better the next few days I promise!

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  • #72
    AlCowlingsSouthern CalDE197610
    LarryWoodsTennessee StateDT197660
    LouisBullardJackson StateT1978-19803514
    JoeNashBoston CollegeDT 1982-1996225176
    CliftonGeathersSouth CarolinaDE201000
    MichaelBennettTexas A&MDT2009,2013194

    In 1969 the Buffalo Bills had the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft and selected RB O.J. Simpson from USC. The following year Buffalo had the #5 pick and picked Simpson's college teammate, a defensive lineman named Al Cowlings. While Simpson went on to have a Hall-of-Fame career, Cowlings never cracked the starting lineup. After being let go by the Rams in 1976 (his 3rd team) he had a tryout and was signed by the Seahawks in the 3rd week. He played briefly in that game, not recording a tackle or other stat and was cut the following week. Cowlings and O.J. would, of course, be forever tied together by the most famous White Chevy Bronco in history. I'll bet you never knew Cowlings was briefly a Seahawks. Admit it -- you never realized!

    Our most recent #72 actually was briefly #91 in 2009. Hopefully Michael Bennett hasn't seen his last days in a Seahawk uniform. At the moment I'm writing this it could go either way (any day now!).

    Joe Nash is the Seahawks all-time leader in games played, although Jones, Largent and Green all started more than him. Nash played for 5 different head coaches. He went to 1 pro-bowl in 1984 and there was never a time where you would have said he was the best player, or even the best lineman on the team. He was, however, there through thick and thin and played his ass off for 15 seasons and will always be a fan favorite.

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  • #71
    SteveNiehausNotre DameDT1976-19783619
    RickieShawNorth CarolinaT199310
    MikeMoodySouthern CalT199400
    WalterJonesFlorida StateT1997-2009190190

    Seattle and Tampa Bay held a coin flip for the first overall draft pick in 1976. Tampa won the flip and drafted future hall of famer Leroy Selmon. With the second pick, the Seahawks drafted DT Steve Niehaus from Notre Dame. Niehaus was probably the team's best defensive player in 1976, recording 8 1/2 sacks and earning NFC defensive rookie of the year. He also had a bad shoulder that kept slipping out of joint, which never could be totally fixed and he was out of the league by 1979.

    Some people like to declare draft picks as "busts" and I think it's usually a very unfair thing to say, especially when a guy plays well and is just injured. I'm willing to agree that Aaron Curry was a draft bust, but Niehaus was a supremely talented player who's body just didn't let him play very long.

    Niehaus was traded to Minnesota for Carl Eller, one of the famous "Purple People Eaters". Seahawks coach Jack Patera was formerly the d-line coach for Minnesota, so there was a connection there. Eller became the third former Seahawk to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (trivia: who was the first?).

    Bryan Millard was part of the foundation of the Seahawk's offensive line in the '80s and is one of the best 2 or 3 guards in team history. For purposes of this project I wish he wore #73 or #74! However, that's not how the game is played.

    I appreciate the fact that the Seahawks announced that #71 would be retired just as the brilliant career of Walter Jones came to and end. He follows Steve Largent as the only two first-ballot career Seahawks in history.

    I go back and forth as to which player is the greatest in team history, and mostly I'd rather not have to choose.

    My head says Jones. He was acknowledged as the best tackle in his generation, and had several all-pros to his name. Largent was so damn consistent for so long, we forget that most years there were better WRs. He was rarely the league's best in a given year as Jones usually was.

    My heart says Largent, but like I said -- don't make me decide for certain. 1A and 1B should be good enough. Plus, if I DID decide I would just change my pick over and over again.


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    BobLurtsemaWestern MichiganDE-DT1976-19772725
    JeffSevyCaliforniaT 1979-1980195
    MikeWhiteAlbany StDT1981-1982208
    MichaelSinclairE. New MexicoDE1991-2001145115
    Na'ShanGoddardSouth CarolinaT200820
    MichaelBrooksEast CarolinaDT20131 0

    Despite 39 expansion choices and 25 college draft picks, the Seahawks acquired 13 players in trades and from cut-downs from other teams just prior to the start of the 1976 season. One of those was nine-year veteran Bob Lurtsema, a lineman who played for coach Patera in Minnesota. Lurtsema started most of the first two seasons before calling it a career.

    Doug Kraayeveld only played one season. He was the first Seahawk to ever hail from Milton College. He also was the original "12th man" as he failed to get off the field in time, giving Denver a second shot at a game-winning FG.

    The most recent #70, Michael Brooks, spent most of 2013 on the practice squad, but was promoted for one game and even played a few snaps vs. Atlanta.

    Michael Sinclair
    was the first Seahawk jersey I ever bought so he's clearly a favorite of mine. Sinclair spent his early years on the practice squad, World League (remember that?) and injured reserve to eventually develop into the team's top sack-man. He was drafted in 1991 but didn't become a starter until 1995. He led the NFL in sacks in 1998 and finished #2 all-time in Seahawk history. He is a very worthy choice as the MVP at #70.

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    AndyDorrisNew Mexico St.DE197740
    BillFiferWest Texas StT197900
    DougSutherlandWisconsin St.DT1981166
    JeffBlackshearNE LouisianaG1993-19954821
    FloydWedderburnPenn StateG1999-20024626
    SteveVallosSan Diego St.T2007-2009328
    ChesterPittsSan Diego St.T201075

    The Seahawks traded a low draft pick for DE Andy Dorris just prior to the 1977 season. Dorris was a 4 year vet who had played some with St. Louis and New Orleans. He played a bit with Seattle but was cut after 4 games. He eventually landed in Houston where he became a starter on some of the better Oiler teams of the late '70s.

    Doug Sutherland was another ex-Vikings defensive lineman who had played for Jack Patera in Minnesota.

    Not much notable about the rest of the list -- Joe Tafoya is more famous for his wife, and leading the decible record at C-Link Field (which I was skeptical about but it worked) and Chester Pitts was on "The Amazing Race".

    I can't see a better #69 in team history than the most recently departed Clinton McDonald. He raised his game in 2013 and became a key member of the Superbowl defense in 2013. As with all Superbowl teams, it's going to be difficult to keep the team together, and McDonald definitely earned his new contract with Tampa Bay. He will always be remembered in Seattle for his relentless inside pass rush this past year. Thanks Clint!

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    DennisBoydOregon StateDE/OT1977-19825927
    MichaelMorrisNE Missouri St.DT199040
    JohnHunterBrigham YoungT199263

    Dennis Boyd was a 3rd round pick in 1977 and started most of three seasons at DE. He was hurt at the end of '79 and was switched to Offensive Tackle during camp in 1980 but then missed that year on IR. He came back in '81 and '82 as a backup Tackle and long snapper. He really is the only player I can find who switched sides mid-career. Seems like he was more successful on defense than offense. If I had more time I'd try to research him some more.

    Randy Edwards was an undrafted free agent from Alabama who had 10.5 sacks as a backup DT in 1985. He was injured towards the end of the '87 season, then was traded to Tampa in the off-season but never played again.

    Dennis Norman hold the team record for most games listed as game-day inactive. That's stuff you'll only get here folks!

    Our most recent #68 recently departed in free agency. Breno Giacomini was signed off the Green Bay practice squad in 2010 and eventually developed into the Seahawk's starting right tackle.

    Hard to choose an MVP, as no player here had a career that stands out in team history. I'll give the benefit of the doubt to the Superbowl starter.

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  • #67
    BobPenchionAlcorn A&MG19761313
    AntonioEdwardsValdosta StateDE1993-19975024
    RobSimsOhio StateG2006-20094938
    PaulMcQuistanWeber StateG2011-20135342

    Bob Penchion was an expansion pick from San Francisco who started most of the first season at guard. He apparantly didn't enjoy his time here much:

    Reggie McKenzie was the second ex-member of the Electric Company to play for Seattle. He had played for Chuck Knox in Buffalo and was part of the wave of former players Knox brought in 1983. Unfortunately, injuries limited is time and really he only served to stunt the development of Edwin Bailey.

    The most recent #67 is Paul McQuistin who is a type of guy I often refer to as coaches comfort food. Guys fans don't usually appreciate but they still play. He is a free agent at the moment and his market seems pretty quiet.

    McQuistin has the most career starts at #67 but my favorite is Rob Sims, who really held down the left guard spot for a few years, but somehow didn't fit into the plans of the Carroll/Schneider regime and was traded to Detroit. I certainly appreciate all those guys have accomplished, but this is one move that never really made sense to me. You can talk all you want about schemes and fits and all that, but I'm just a Joe Schlub type of fan. I just want guys who can play, and it seemed to me that he could.

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  • #66
    BillDuganPenn StateG1981-1983435
    StanEisenhoothTowson StateC1986-1988140
    AndyHeckNotre DameG1989-19937770
    ToddNormanNotre DameG199500
    PeteKendallBoston CollegeG1996-20007776
    MansfieldWrottoGeorgia TechG2007-2010155
    PaulFanaika Arizona StateG2010-201130

    Former first round pick Bill Sandifer came to Seattle in a draft day trade for Ed Bradley, but was hurt after 1 game and missed the rest of that season. He came back and started most of the '78 season but was hurt in the pre-season the following year and his career was over at that point.

    The most recent #66 was Paul Fanaika, who spent time on the roster for a couple of years but was usually inactive. He eventually was picked up by Arizona where he's the starting right guard.

    It's hard to pick the MVP, because Andy Heck and Pete Kendall had very similar careers. Both were first round guards who played and started most of 5 seasons, but then departed in free agency. Both players finished their careers with the Redskins.

    I can't decide, so I'm basing my choice on the best pic I could find. Can you even tell which one it is?

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  • #65
    JohnDemarieLouisiana StateG197698
    EdwinBaileySouth Carolina StG1981-1991146127
    FrankOmiyaleTennessee TechT2012181
    JasonSpitz Louisvillec201300

    Let's move on so we can get to the more glamorous numbers a little quicker....

    John Demarie was a 10 year veteran with Cleveland whom the Seahawks took in the expansion draft. He started most of that first year but lost his spot to Bob Newton and was cut the following summer. The early years of the Seahawks are littered with guys who were place holders for the young guys who just weren't quite ready yet.

    65 had quite a lull in the '90s and early '00s. Nobody wore the number in the regular season for 14 years. Some numbers have just become less popular, and overall numbers in the 60s seems to be less "glamorous".

    Chris Spencer was a first round pick who played guard and center for six years, but was let go by the "new regime".

    The most recent #65, Jason Spitz, was signed for a few weeks when Max Unger was hurt.

    The MVP for #65 is Edwin Bailey, who worked his way into the starting line up, was then benched for Reggie McKenzie, but then came back better than ever to play another 7 years at left guard. He also may be the first, shall we say, "non-caucasian" regular started along the offensive line. For years, it seems the trenches in the NFL were a glorified "spy vs spy" game, but by the late '70s and '80s that definitely evolved.

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  • #64
    RonEssinkGrand Valley St.T1980-19868874
    WesDoveTempleDE 198720
    DarrickBrilzOregon StateG1989-19937844
    NorrisMcClearyEast CarolinaDT200200
    SteveMcKinneyTexas A&MG200800
    J.R.SweezyNorth Carolina St.G2012-20133323

    Gordon Jolley was an expansion pick from Detroit who started 4 games at tackle in 1976 and then most of 1977 at guard. He came to camp in 1978 but knee injuries forced his retirement. The following off-season he was traded back to Detroit for what was called "past consideration". No word on what those considerations were.

    Our most current #64 is J.R. Sweezy, who was Russell Wilson's former teammate at North Carolina State. He switched from defensive line to offensive guard and even started his first game as a rookie. He has since become the full-time starter and has a great shot to become the best #64 in team history...

    ...supplanting Ron Essink. The best way to describe Essink is take Breno Giacomini and send him back in time 30 years. Essink was one of those guys who fought through injuries and the occassional opponent through his years blocking for Curt Warner. He was never the most talented guy on the field, but fans appreciated that he gave everything he had.

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  • #63
    FredAndersonPrairie ViewDE1980-1982216
    MarkHicksArizona StateLB1983-1984131
    RoyHartSouth CarolinaDT1988-1989161
    DonaldWillisNorth Carolina A&TG199500
    FrankBeedePanhandle StateG1996-2000488
    ChrisWhiteSouthern MississippiC201070
    RishawJohnsonCalifornia (PA)G201200

    Nick Bebout was the team's most consistent offensive lineman in the early years, starting most of the games at left tackle in the '70s. By 1979 there weren't very many expansion picks left on the roster, maybe 3 or 4 left. He was the same height as Walter Jones and Russell Okung, just about 70 pounds lighter.

    Fred Anderson lived across the street from me growing up in Bellevue. My dad said he played for the Seahawks but I could never understand why I never saw him in the game. Super quiet guy, saw him at the mailbox a few times but that's about it. Back then a lot of the players lived in Bellevue.

    Rishaw Johnson was the most recent #63, another one of the practice squad guys who pop up on the roster for a few weeks but play little or at all. It seems like in the early years of the practice squad era, there was less movement between that and the active roster.

    No other #63 Seahawk has done more in his career than Bebout:


    Here's another great picture of Bebout with his 1979 offensive linemen. My favorite Seahawk history site on the internet is Becky Selm is just a great fan who lives in Kansas and loves researching old Seahawk stuff. She's had her website up in one form or another for nearly 20 years: Heck that's back when Seatown Jay was at the cutting edge of internet fandom. Becky and Jay are among the folks who motivated me to be among the fans who never let Seahawk history fade away.

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  • #62
    ErniePriceTexas A&IDE1978-19791615
    RolandBarbayLouisiana StateNT1987-198860
    SeanFarrellPenn StateG199260
    EvanDietrich-SmithIdaho StateG201000

    Dave Simonson was a backup lineman who played for five teams in four years. He was on the roster for 11 weeks in '76 but only saw spot duty in 5 games.

    #62 has been sparingly used in recent years. Evan Dietrich-Smith was claimed off waivers from Green Bay (John Schneiders first year with the Seahawks) at the start of 2010 but was cut after being inactive for 4 weeks. He eventually signed back with Green Bay and was their starting center in 2013. He just signed a free agent deal with Tampa for 4 years and $14 Million.

    In March of 1998 the Seahawks signed two free agent guards. The first was Brian Habib from Denver who was slotted as the immediate starter at right guard. The second was a backup from Chicago named Chris Gray, whom nobody gave much thought to. Which guy do you think went on to start over 150 games for Seattle over 10 seasons?

    Gray played most of his years at guard but did you remember he started 2000 at center? Robbie Tobeck was signed in the off-season but injured his back so Gray played center all year.

    Admit it now, all you "haters" ... Chris Gray was a damn good guard and one of the main cogs in the great rushing attacks of the mid '00s. You may have never loved him, but we could never find anyone better ... and over time we all learned to appreciate him, especially after he was gone.

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  • #61
    TomLynchBoston CollegeG1977-19806048
    RobertPratt North CarolinaG1982-19855757
    MarkRodenhauserIllinois StateLS199990
    RobbieTobeckWashington StateC2000-20069793
    LemuelJeanpierreSouth CarolinaC2010-2013528

    Tom Lynch was the first of the three #2 pick the Seahawks received for trading back in the first round of the 1977 draft, giving the Cowboys Tony Dorsett.. Trading away Dorsett is widely considered one of the worst trades in NFL history but in reality the team didn't have much of a choice. If they had drafted Dorsett he would have been behind an offensive line that consisted mostly of expansion draft picks who were well past their years. The Seahawks needed to fill out their roster with talent across the board. In the trade, the team got two linemen (Lynch & Steve August), a starting linebacker (Terry Beeson) and traded the last pick for WR Duke Fergerson who didn't amount to much. After going 9-7 in both 1978 and 1979 the trade didn't see all that bad, but Beeson wore down pretty quickly, August never played up to a first round level and Newton was traded to Buffalo after holding out into the 1981 season.

    All trades are judged by history, and the fact remains Dorsett is in the Hall of Fame and the rest of the guys are mere footnotes; but Beeson was pretty damn good for a few years; and if Lynch and August had played longer maybe the trade doesn't look so bad.

    Robert Pratt holds the team record for receiving yards by an offensive lineman.

    The most recent #61 is Lemuel Jeanpierre, who was indispensable in 2013 when Max Unger missed some games. LJP has worked his way from a practice squad guy to a key depth guy. Maybe he'll get a shot to start somewhere in the future.

    The MVP at #61 is, of course, Robbie Tobeck, who was the vocal leader of the great offenses of the Holmgren years. He was probably also the best interview on the team, win or lose. The guy was probably one of the smartest and wilyest lineman you ever watched.

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  • #60
    RonCoderPenn StateG1976-19794219
    JeromeBoydOregon StateLB198350
    JoeBrownOhio StateDT200120

    Thought I'd spark some more discussion about the Dorsett trade. Come on! Where's the passion all you old-fart fans!

    Ron Coder was part of the wave of last-minute acquisitions on the eve of the inaugural 1976 season. He started all of 1977 at guard but injuries eventually limited his playing time and he was cut prior to the 1980 season. His story seems very similar to a lot of early Seahawks. There were many very good players whose career shows promise, but they never seemed to pan out. Certainly old Kingdome turf didn't help. It was basically a concrete floor with a thin pad over it. Remember Curt Warner's knee injury in '84? He was never touched .. he just planted and it went. I remember reading reports also that the Seahawk's medical staff wasn't exactly top notch in those early years. Not sure how much truth there is to that, but I think we're lucky now to have a team that really understands how to take care of players in the best way possible, given the violent nature of the sport.

    Our current and all-time best #60 is Max Unger, who played his first year at guard before settling in a fixture at center. He been voted to two pro-bowls, and, of course Superbowl champion. He even landed on the NFL's "Top 100" list which is unusual for a center. If only you could find a player who actually admits to casting a vote!

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  • #59
    CharlesMCShaneCal LutheranLB1977-1979290
    RodellThomasAlabama StateLB1981-1982191
    JoeCainOregon TechLB1989-1992, 19976913
    MitchFrerottePenn StateG1993-199400
    Tyronne StoweRutgersLB1995-199666
    TimTerryTempleLB 2000-2002388
    JulianPetersonMichigan StateLB2006-20085251
    AaronCurryWake ForestLB2009-20113732

    I went back and forth as to whether to include Ken Hutcherson on this list. He never played a regular season game for Seattle and yet for years he would be in the news, sometimes referred to "ex-Seahawk" Ken Hutcherson -- which I always thought was a bit of a half-truth. However, looking into the early news articles, I think it's very safe to assume that if he hadn't been hurt in pre-season he would have made the team and probably started. My approach to the all-time roster is I'm including guys like Hutcherson and Nate Odomes who never played, but probaby would have. He was a very talented linebacker who's career was derailed by injuries. His post-Seahawk life was spent as a well-known pastor in Seattle and on the national stage. He passed away just a few months ago at the young age of 61.

    After Hutcherson, what a long list of names, some of whom you may recall and most of which you wouldn't. The most recent #59 (other than Korey Toomer whom I'm not counting) was Adrian Moten, who was handed #59 8 weeks after Aaron Curry was shipped to Oakland.

    The top #59 in history was Blair Bush, the former UW Husky center. The Seahawks traded a #1 pick to Cincinatti for Bush, who started at center for most of 6 seasons, which were the peak of the Chuck Knox years. In 1989 he was given the "Plan B" treatment and signed with Green Bay and later the Rams. He spent less than half of his 14 year career in Seattle.

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  • #58
    GregClarkArizona StateLB199220
    BobbySpitulskiCentral FloridaLB1992-1995261
    ToranJames North Carolina A&TLB199800
    ScottFieldsSouthern CalLB199920
    DexterDavisArizona StateDE2010-2012180
    JohnLutuleleiNevada-Las VegasLB201320

    Don Hansen was a 10 year veteran with Minnesota and Atlanta when he came to Seattle in the expansion draft. Really not the kind of player you're looking to build a franchise with. He played two games then was traded to Green Bay, although I can't for the life of me find out what we got in return.

    The most recent #58 was John Lutulelei, who was the star of pre-sesaon in 2013 but cut when Bruce Irvin came of suspension and was claimed by Jacksonville.

    There are 3 players in history who have been very good at this number. Terry Beeson was the starting MLB in the late '70s and led the team in tackles for three straight years. He was arguable the team's best defensive player in those years but injuries wound his career down way too early, otherwise I think history would remember him much better.

    Bruce Scholtz was an inside LB in 3-4 defenses of the mid-80s and another tackling machine. He also was very good in pass coverage with a big wingspan. Unfortunately, when you think of the very good teams of that era, Scholtz seems a little down the list of memorable players.

    Isaiah Kacyvenski was a special teams ace who could never quite establish himself as an every down defender. However, if you ever saw the NFL Films piece on his journey at Harvard and his relationship with his dad, you couldn't help root for him.

    Scholtz had the longer career and played on better teams, but Beeson is one of the better defenders in team history and my MVP.

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  • #57
    PeterCronanBoston CollegeLB1977-1981493
    SheltonRobinsonNorth CarolinaLB1982-19856139
    JasonKyleArizona StateLB1995-1998480
    OrlandoHuffFresno StateLB2001-20045723
    DavidHawthorneTexas ChristianLB2008-20116343
    MichaelMorganSouthern CalLB2011-2013421

    Peter Cronan was the 2nd round pick in 1977 who wasn't part of the Tony Dorsett trade, but he still gets kind of lumped in with the group of draft picks who went on to have somewhat productive yet unspectacular Seahawk careers. Cronan played three seasons before going on IR for all of 1980. He came back in 1981 but played little and was cut after 5 weeks. Some day I'll do a list of all the 2nd round draft picks in team history. There are some very good players but overall it's not pretty.

    Jason Kyle was pretty good backup and special teamer who eventually realized his career will last a long time if he stuck to his true calling: Long Snapping.

    Mike Morgan was a free agent pickup who has remained on the team as a key special teamer and occasional backup DE/LB.

    Shelton Robinson, Tony Woods, Orlando Huff and David Hawthorne all were draft choices (I consider Hawthorne an '8th' round pick) who went on to have varying success with the team. Woods played the most games and starts but he was stuck as a "tweener" ... not fast enough for LB and not big enough for DE. He played a lot of years and was durable and productive but not a great overall career.

    This is a tough call for me. Robinson was actually very good for a few years. Woods I was always ho-hum about. I'm going with the "Heater" as the MVP at #57 as he led the team in tackles for two years (nearly 3) before leaving for as a free agent New Orleans.

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    TimWalkerSavannah StLB1980160
    TerryKillensPenn StateLB200230

    Sammy Green was one of three second round picks in 1976 and played in every game of the '70s. He made odd news when he was arrested on rape charges which were dropped after he married the alleged victim. He was, I thought, one of the better defensive players on the '70 but he lost his starting job to Michael Jackson in 1979 was then traded to Houston for two low picks. He barely played for Houston before being cut again, and apparently his marriage didn't last either.

    Greg Gaines was the Kaz of the '80s.

    Does anyone else remember when Mel Kiper totally lost it when the Seahawks drafted Joe Tofflemire? He may have had a point. Joe died 3 years ago from heart failure.

    Our most recent #56 was my choice for MVP of the Superbowl, as he seemed unblockable at times. Cliff Avril forced the bad throw that won Malcom Smith the award. In my opinion the assist was more impressive than the score.


    The all-time MVP at #56 is Leroy Hill, who was at times dominating and at times too caught up in off-field distractions. I can only imagine what his eight year career would have been like if he could have put all his focus on the field. Seems like a long time since he's been here, but in fact he was the starter for 2012 team that should have played in the NFCCG.

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  • #55
    GeoffReeceWashington StateC197750
    NedBolcarNotre Dame LB199050
    DarrylTappVirginia TechDE2006-20096834
    HeathFarwellSan Diego StateLB2011-2013480

    Part of the final exam for those getting credit in this course is "describe the movement of all 2nd round picks in 1977 that impacted the Seahawks". In addition to getting 3 2nd round picks from Dallas, the Seahawks traded back 20 spots and acquired Geoff Reece from the Rams. Reece was slated to the starting center, but he was never really healthy and the job went to Art Kuehn. The pick the Seahawks gave away? It became DB Nolan Cromwell who would eventually coach Wide Receivers under Mike Holgmren.

    Part of the bizarre drama that was Brian Bosworth had a lot to do with his uniform number. Bosworth was #44 at Oklahoma and wore that through training camp, but the league was adamant that a LB couldn't wear a number in the 40s so he actually SUED the league. As a result, he actually did wear #44 for one regular season game, but the judge ruled that the league gets to decide, so he was back to #55 for the rest of his odd and interesting career. I'll leave it for the rest of you to post your feelings on the biggest lighting rod in team history up until our current Richard Sherman.

    Our most recent #55 is Heath Farwell, whose main job is the leader on special teams, but has also played very well in the goal line defense.

    The best #55 in team history was the former Husky Michael Jackson. Jackson was one of the first guys I can remember who played the game nasty and mean. I don't know who leads the team in personal fouls in history, but I'll bet Jackson is high on the list. On top of that, he was just damn good, leading the team in tackles, and was probably the team's best defensive player in '80 and '81, although those teams were pretty terrible. He endured injuries in the mid-80s but came back and played every game his last two years. He was a bad, bad man, and one every true Seahawk fan's favorite player from the early years. How he hasn't had the honor to raise the 12th man flag is a travesty.

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    GrantFeaselAbilene ChristianC1987-19939352
    D.D.LewisTexasLB2002-2006, 2008-20097823
    BobbyWagner LBUtah State2012-20133534

    Art Kuehn was an expansion pick from Washington, but he had never actually signed with the Redskins. Instead he had been drafted by Washington but signed with the World Football League. Since Washington held his right he was eliglble to be taken in the expansion draft and he wound up in Seattle. He's the first long snapper in Seahawk history, and he started all of 1977 at Center, and played a lot when John Yarno was hurt. He was one of the longest tenured expansion picks.

    Our current #54 is, of course, Bobby Wagner. Wagner took hold of the starting MLB as a rookie and is only getting better. I suspect he will soon be the MVP at the position, but I'll give him just a little more time.

    Two long-tenured players compete for best ever the the position. Grant Feasel started as a backup, started for three seasons at center, and then finished his career as a backup. He was another of those nasty players who would just assume fight you if he couldn't beat you.

    D.D. Lewis made the team as an undrafted player, and worked his way to a starting job. He ended up signing as a free agent with Denver, but came back to Seattle after one year and finished his career as a backup and special teamer.

    It's a tough call, and frankly, Wagner will have the MVP if he has another year in 2014 like he's had so far, but for now I'm going with probably the nastiest Seahawk of all-time:

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  • #53
    MikeJonesJackson StateLB1977120
    KeithButlerMemphis StateLB1978-1987152137
    DarrenComeauxArizona StateLB1988-19915140
    GeorgeKoonceEast CarolinaLB20001616
    MalcomSmithSouthern CalLB2011-20134813

    Fred Hoaglin was another 10 year veteran when he came to Seattle in the expansion draft. The Seahawks took several guys in the expansion draft who were well past their prime, probably to have some veteran balance, but it's hard to say it really helped them much. Hoaglin started 7 games in 1976 but was cut early in camp the following year.

    Our current #53 is the reigning Super Bowl MVP. I wrote earlier than I would have voted for Cliff Avril, and I also think that Kam Chancellor would have been a great choice. I don't think Malcomb Smith was a bad pick, however. He had two turnovers where he was in the right place at the right time, but he also played a great game overall, along with the entire defense. Russell Wilson deserved it, too, but with the way the Denver offense was completely dismantled, the award belonged to the defense.

    So why isn't the Super Bowl MVP the best #53 in Seahawk history? Two word: Keith F-ing Butler. Ok, that's 3 words.

    Keith Butler is listed as the 2nd all-time tackler in Seahawk history. He missed exactly 1 game in 10 years, taking over the starting job in week 3 of his rookie year and not giving it up until he spent his final season tutoring young LBs Bosworth, Woods & Wyman.
    If you watch tapes of those playoff teams of the early '80s, you'll see Butler filling the gaps and making the tackles.
    Butler and Chad Brown are the two best LBs in team history. I would give Brown the edge, but Butler is a great all-time Seahawk and would be in the ring of honor but he's been too busy coaching for the past 25 years, the last 12 with Pittsburgh.

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  • #52
    RandyCoffieldFlorida StateLB1976-1977130
    M.L.JohnsonHawaii LB 1987-1989388
    KevinMawaeLouisiana StateC1994-19976259
    JasonMcEndooWashington StateC199810
    JasonBabinWestern MichiganDE2007-200840
    AllenBradfordSouthern CalLB2012-201320

    Randy Coffield was a 10th round pick in 1976 who made the team, playing mainly on special teams. Unfortunately he hurt his knee the following training camp and was out for 1977 and was cut in camp in 1978.

    J.P. Darche came from McGill University in Montreal. McGill has one of the oldest college football traditions in history, going back to the 19th century. McGill frequently played the early Ivy League teams that founded the new sport. However, no McGill players played in the NFL until Darche became the Seahawk's long snapper in 2000. Darche also proved to be the best snapper in team history, although we didn't really appreciate him enough until he was gone. I still miss "French Word of the Week".

    Allen Bradford was either a running back or a linebacker depending on which day of the week it was. I think he finally played as a LB, but was cut when we brought back Clinton Mcdonald.

    Kevin Mawae started at guard in '94 and '95 and then center in '96 and '97. He was growing into one of the best centers in the game which of course meant we couldn't afford to keep him. He went on to have a long and distinguished career in New York and Tennessee. No Seahawk has ever played better as #52.

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    MarcusCottonSouthern CalLB199130
    DavidBrandonMemphis StateLB1993-1994200
    LofaTatupuSouthern CalLB2005-20109393
    BruceIrvinWest VirginiaDE-LB2012-20133315

    John Yarno was drafted in the 4th round in 1977 and became the starting center in 1978, starting for most of the next 5 years. After couple years of turmoil, the Seahawks o-line was actually pretty decent for a few years in the late '80s as they found some stability with Lynch, Yarno, August, Bebout and Newton.

    In training camp in 1983, the Seahawks had traded for Blair Bush and Yarno's days were clearly numbered. There was a young linebacker named Sam Merriman who seemed headed to making the roster. Yarno and Merriman were both from Idaho so when Yarno was cut he made sure Merriman took over his #51. A nice story that confirms my thesis that uniform numbers are symbols that can have power and meaning to both fans and players.

    Our current #51 is Bruce Irvin, who has played DE and LB but hasn't really carved out a clear role for himself. Also, his BACKUP won Super Bowl MVP. I have no idea where he's headed but I'm beginning to wonder if the Seahawks should just stop drafting in the first round and stick to 5th rounders.

    Two almost-great Hawks wore #51 for extended periods. Anthony Simmons was a first round pick who had great speed and made some spectacular plays in his 7 seasons here. However, Lofa Tatupu wins the spot here. Tatupu was an instant leader and tackling machine as a rookie, leading that defense to Super Bowl XL. Tatupu's heart was, sadly, bigger than his body and he wore down much faster than we could have imagined. Lofa will always be a fan favorite in Seattle and we expect him to raise the flag very soon.

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