SharkHawk wrote:The Boz was awesome. He was one of the best LBers I've ever seen play the game. He was fast, hit hard, and shot through and smashed QB's regularly.
He had over 100 tackles and led the team in that category his first year... unfortunately it wasn't an official stat yet, so good luck finding his tackle stats. He brought more press and merchandise sales to the Seahawks than they paid the guy within the first week he was here. The majority of his contract was paid out by an insurance policy, which is standard. The insurer paid him 10 million dollars. The Seahawks deal with him was worth I believe 11 million. So they paid 1 million dollars and probably made that in Boz 44 and Boz 55 jerseys and posters in a matter of days.
I am sick and tired of people talking about what a bust the guy was. Was Steve Emtman a bust because he blew out both of his knees? I don't think so. In fact, he was one of the greatest athletes to ever play football and looked absolutely dominant before injuries ruined his career.
Calling Boz one of the WORST players in the history of a franchise is a joke. Did you watch him cross the entire field and smash the shiznit out of Mr. Elway who was doing his best to get out of bounds? I did, and it was freaking beautiful. He was the toughest mother to line up for the Hawks since Ken Easley did it with no kidneys.
Injuries do NOT equal a bad player. In fact, many times they can define just how great a man is when he overcomes those injuries and still excels and even dominates at times. Boz was one of those guys. If he had played for the Giants or Cowboys they'd still be talking about how great he was and how his career just got cut short. Instead they talk about him like he was Ryan Leaf. Sorry, but the Boz was a great player.
Ditto. One of my all-time favorite Seahawks plays is the one where Seahawks were playing AT Chicago, and Bosworth went to tackle one of Chicago's big running backs in the hole, hit him straight up, ripped the ball away, and ran 40 yards for a TD. Seattle won the game, in an upset, and Bosworth was the AFC (or NFL?) Defensive Player of the Week that week. If anyone has video or a YouTube link to that play, I'd love to see it again.
Wikipedia has this entry about Bosworth, quoting the Seahawks team doctor:
Bosworth was forced to retire after only two games in 1989, having suffered a shoulder injury in the 1988 season (Team Doctor Pierce E. Scranton Jr. stating "Brian was a twenty-five-year-old with the shoulders of a sixty-year-old. He flunked my physical").
Had his body held up, we would be talking about Bosworth more like we talk about other good Seahawks players, like Dave Brown, Jacob Green, etc. Not quite the level of reverence of the Great Kenny Easley or Cortez Kennedy, but only one notch below. Boz is a smart man, smart player, and a helluva football player who brought it every time he stepped on the field. (He is listed as #30 on the college football all-time greats list.)
Not to mention the sheer smug satisfaction of Boz's company selling 10,000 "Ban the Boz" T-Shirts to Denver Broncos fans. Priceless marketing stunt to pull on our then-hated-rival's fans!