A Fifth Drafted Seattle Seahawk is Headed to the Pro Football HOF
Steve Hutchinson got the knock on his Miami hotel room door he had been hoping for with the news he will become the fifth Seattle Seahawk drafted by the club to be immortalized by making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.
Hutch was drafted by Seattle with the 17th overall pick in 2001 from Michigan. His last game with the Seahawks was the Super Bowl loss to the Steelers, ending the 2005 campaign. That offseason, Seattle slapped the transition tag on Hutch, meaning the Hawks could match the money whatever team offered him a contract to keep him. Well, the new deal Hutch's agent put together with the Minnesota Vikings included the now infamous "poison pill" clause which said the Hawks or any team, had to guarantee his entire seven-year, $49 million deal if he was not the highest paid lineman on a particular team. But, but, but the Hawks were not going to pay Hutch more than Walter Jones, so that spelled his end in Seattle.
Although a rather bitter Seattle departure, Hutch mended fences with the Seahawks after retiring in 2012. (He played in Tennessee for a season after his stint in Minnesota).
He raised the 12th Man flag at a playoff game against Detroit in 2017 and is actually working as a scout for Seattle now.
Steve Hutchinson joins Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy, Kevin Mawae and Kenny Easley as the fifth drafted Seahawk enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
Steve Largent was drafted by Houston, but never played for the Oilers. Largent, Kennedy, Jones and Easley are the Hall of Famers who spent their entire careers in Seattle.
Hutchinson says he wrote his acceptance speech in the shower when he was first eligible three years ago, making the finalist level every time. He adds that he modifies it a bit each year, but this year, getting the call for the Hall in 2020, Hutch says it'll all be about the people who helped him get there.
Seahawks offensive line mate Walter Jones was thrilled for his old teammate.