Top 10 Seahawks of All Time
We're already week 3 into the 2018 NFL Preseason. The Seahawks look drastically different this year. Richard Sherman was released and signed with the 49ers. Kam Chancellor retired. Jon Ryan is now holding kicks for former Seahawk teammate Steven Hauschka in Buffalo. Cliff Avril was released after failing a physical. He played 4 games in 2017.
So why don't we do like Steelers fans do and reminisce about days of glory. I'm not saying the Seahawks won't have a great year. Don't get it twisted. I just thought that with all the turnover and end of an era-like changes to the squad, let's see where everyone ranks.
When he retired, Steve Largent held all major NFL receiving records. He was the first player in NFL history to catch 100 touchdowns. He remains the most prolific receiver in Seahawks history. He was the first player to have his number retired by Seattle. He was a 7-time Pro Bowler. He's a member of the NFL's All 1980s-Decade team.
Just think! The Oilers cut him in 1976. He joined the Seahawks the same year and the rest was literally NFL history.
In 2006, Big Walt topped Sporting News' list of Top 101 NFL Players. That's impressive. Considering he was a tackle, that's just incredible.
Walter was a 9-time Pro Bowler, 7-time All Pro selection, and a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2014.
He's a member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade team. Walter dominated the line of scrimmage, paving the way for Ricky Watters' 3 straight 1,000 yard seasons and Shaun Alexander's record setting MVP year.
Many consider him to be the best tackle of all time.
Cortez Kennedy only missed 8 games in his career. In his 3rd season, he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He's a member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade team.
He was an 8-time Pro Bowler and considered by many to be one of the greatest defensive tackles of all-time. He was chosen by Sports Illustrated as the greatest player to wear number 96. He would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Kenny Easley's career ended far too soon. But in the split second he had the spotlight, he impacted the game like nobody else. He was the 1984 Defensive Player of the Year.
A 5-time Pro Bowler and 4-time First Team All-Pro, Easley was named to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team.
After a trade was nixed due to a failed physical, Kenny Easley retired in 1987. His last season was shortened by the 1987 NFL Players Strike, in which he represented the Seattle Seahawks. After retiring, he cut all ties with the Seahawks.
Two years after retiring, Kenny Easley had to have his kidneys replaced.
Easley reconciled with the Seahawks recently, having his number retired in 2017, the same year he joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The first member of the Legion of Boom on our list. He's also the last member still on the team.
Some may wonder why I've put him over Richard Sherman. Here's why: he's been to two more Pro Bowls, and has one more All-Pro selection.
A lot of the Pete Carroll-drafted Pro Bowlers were mid to late draft picks. But Earl Thomas has excelled in his career, rewarding the Seahawks for using a first round pick on him.
Earl's also got some guts. He's built a reputation for playing through significant injury. In 2014, he dislocated his shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, but played through it in Super Bowl XLIX. He played through a hamstring injury in 2017, on route to his sixth Pro Bowl.
Before you break out the pitchforks on this one, just remember: if not for Steve Hutchinson and Walter Jones, Shaun Alexander doesn't win MVP in 2005.
He's a member of the 2000s All-Decade team. From 2003-2009, Hutch made 7 straight Pro Bowls. He's a 5 time first team All-Pro and 2 time second team All-Pro.
After his controversial signing with the Vikings in 2005, the NFL banned "poison pills" in free agent contracts.
Seattle would regret not prioritizing Hutchinson over Alexander. He never missed a game for the Vikings, and represented Minnesota 4 times at the Pro Bowl.
Hutchinson will likely make the Hall of Fame sooner than later. He just missed the nod this year, his first year of eligibility.
The wounds might still be raw on this one. But in a few years, most Seahawks fans that are upset with Sherm's decision to join San Francisco will remember him fondly.
Remember Brett Favre? He did the same thing almost 10 years ago, but the fans packed Lambeau for his jersey retirement.
A 4-time Pro Bowler, Richard Sherman was the face of the Legion of Boom. He led the league in interceptions in 2013. He became an NFL icon after the 2013 NFC Championship game.
Richard Sherman was one of the reasons Seattle became a must watch team on prime time. Outspoken with the football IQ and skill to back it up, Sherm was one of the most well-known players of the early 2010s; even if the results were polarizing.
Hopefully you still have that #25 jersey, because Richard Sherman was one hell of a Seahawk.
Some would argue that Shaun Alexander is too high on this list.
I think it's a good spot for the only MVP in Seahawks history. The reason he's this close to the bottom of the list is how he disappeared shortly after taking home the league's highest honor.
From 2001 to 2005, Shaun Alexander was UNREAL. He led the league in rushing touchdowns twice, and in rushing yards once. He set the record for rushing touchdowns in 2005 with 27. The record would be broken the next year by LaDanian Tomlinson.
He's a member of the NFL's 2000s All-Decade team. He finished his career with 100 rushing touchdowns, tying Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk.
Even though he's only 29, I would say Russell Wilson is the greatest quarterback in team history. He's second all time in career pass rating behind only Aaron Rodgers with 98.8. He's set records for most wins by a QB in his second (24), third (36), fourth (46), fifth (56 - tied with Matt Ryan) and fifth seasons (65).
He's the first player in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 more in the same game. He's the only QB in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns, and rush for 500 yards in the same season.
Oh, and since people bring up his height, he's the shortest QB to win a Super Bowl.
He's played in 4 Pro Bowls. It's crazy to think Wilson's never been a first or second team All-Pro. He's come very close to joining Shaun Alexander as a league MVP. With a depleted team around him, he may just do it soon.
Rounding out the top 10 is the Enforcer, Kam Chancellor. Even though he announced his retirement in July, he's still technically on the Seahawks roster.
He was known for his quiet demeanor, but his hits were as loud as Richard Sherman's smack talk. Bam Bam Kam demolished opposing offenses on his way to 4 Pro Bowls and 2 second team All-Pro nods.
Kam Chancellor was an integral part of the Legion of Boom and helped lead the team to back-to-back Super Bowls, winning one in 2013.
Kam Chancellor was a bad, bad man.