This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Seattle Seahawks entering the National Football League. To celebrate, the team is having fans nominate players to comprise the All-Seahawks team. After crunching the numbers and making several difficult positional decisions, I present my entry.
Quarterback – Jim Zorn (1976-1982) I apologize to Matt Hasselbeck and Dave Krieg (a personal favorite) but Zorn was the initial face of the franchise. His statistics have been surpassed by the above mentioned signal callers, but if you think pro football in the Northwest, Zorn immediately comes to mind.
Running Back – Shaun Alexander (2000-2007) The Seahawkshave had a strong stable of backs throughout their history. Alexander is the franchise all-time rushing leader with 9,429 yards and has 112 career touchdowns. Other nominees include Curt Warner, Chris Warren, Ricky Wattersand Sherman Smith.
Full Back – John L. Williams (1986-1993) The ultimate dual threat in the backfield, Williams finished with 4,579 yards rushing and 4,151 yards receiving. Add his 33 total touchdowns and no one is close to passing him on this list.
Wide Receivers – Steve Largent (1976-1989) and Brian Blades (1988-1998) Largent is a no-brainer. 100 touchdown receptions, 13, 809 yards and Hall of Fame credentials. Meanwhile, Brian Blades was Largent’s heir apparent and finished second in team history in career catches (581) and yards (7,620). His 34 scores are good enough for fifth all-time in team history.
Tight End – Itula Mili (1998-2006) Mili’s the leading receiver at his position with 1,743 yards and 13 scores. While Mike Tice and Christian Fauria are more well known, Mili surpassed their career totals and earns this spot.
Offensive Lineman – Two of my selections are obvious. Left tackle Walter Jones (1997-2008) is a future Hall of Famer and one of the top players at his position in recent memory. Guard Steve Hutchinson (2001-2009) was a former first round pick who continues his dominance with the Minnesota Vikings. Rounding out the rest of the line are Chris Gray (1998-2007), Andy Heck (1989-2000) and Blair Bush (1983-1988). Special mention goes to one of the greatest centers in NFL history, Kevin Mawae, but his short tenure in Seattle prevented him from making this list.
Kicker – Norm Johnson (1982-1990) He is the all-time scoring leader in Seahawks history. His 198 made kicks are more than any other Seattle kicker has attempted in a career. Deadly on extra points, Johnson has an amazing 98.5 percent success rate in that category. Hands down, the greatest kicker in team history.
Kick Returner – Steve Broussard (1995-1998) Broussardconcluded his career withSeattle and finished as the all-time leader in kick return yards with 3,900 and a score.
There you have it, the greatest offensive stars in Seahawks lore. Next time I’ll name the all-time greatest defenders.
About the Author
Written by Sergio Paredes
Sergio Paredes is a Sports Information Director for a K-12 school in Los Angeles, California. An avid football, basketball and baseball fan, he enjoys following the Texas Longhorns, Oregon State Beavers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays.