Everybody has had a "Favorite player" that wasn't the best on the team, but maybe he signed an autograph for you, or you grew up in the same town, or he wore the same number you did, or just something. Many of these guys go forgotten and ride off into the sunset.
I figured guys have covered all of the "terrible" Seahawks this past week. Let's give some love to the unsung Hawk Heroes. Those that others may have forgotten, but to you were awesome, and tell us why you liked them, and what era they played. I think it might help some of the younger crew learn about some of the lunchpail players of the earlier days of the team.
I think I'm going to start with a guy who wasn't my 100% all-time favorite, but is an example of the type of guy I'm talking about. I'm going with Edwin Bailey. Edwin was a solid as a rock guard for the Hawks throughout the 80's. I knew one thing.... on Sundays... Edwin would be lined up and would be lined up right, wouldn't make mental errors, and would clear lanes for his running backs. The Hawks lost Curt Warner one game into his second season and Edwin and the gang just kept on trucking clearing holes for the 3 different running backs they used and the team still was up around 1,000 yards rushing with their entire running game apparently destroyed on day 1. Edwin and the others went out and did their job and played hard and won a lot of games during that good era in the mid 80's.
I always liked him because he was a quiet leader. My dad talked to me about how certain guys lead more by example than in being big mouths. I was having problems on my sports teams, because I was quiet and immensely focused. But coaches seemed to noticed the big mouths more. My dad told me to stay the way I am and don't be who I am not. Just play and let my play do the talking. That's what I did and the bigmouths control over things sort of faded. Production was what mattered. I saw Edwin produce every week and do his job very well. That was the kind of man I wanted to be on the field. The guy everybody respected and the guy who did his work and went home knowing he'd done his best.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08