The Seattle Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976. They enjoyed occasional periods of moderate success over their first 28 years before finally breaking through with a trip to the Super Bowl in 2005, that was regarded by man as the best Seahawks team ever at the time. Two more Super Bowls followed, including a win in 2014.
Whether at the top or the bottom of the standings, the Seahawks have always boasted some outstanding individual players. Check out my 2016 season predictions to see if I think this year’s team has anyone with the potential to land on this list. Here is a list of the top 10 greatest Seattle Seahawks of all time:
1. Walter Jones (OT)
In 180 career NFL games – all with the Seahawks – Jones allowed an amazingly low 23 sacks and was called for holding only nine times. His dominance resulted in nine Pro Bowl selections and a spot on the 2000s All-Decade team. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2014. He’s also the best draft pick we have ever had.
2. Steve Largent (WR)
Largent played 14 NFL seasons, all with the Seahawks. Upon his retirement, he held every major NFL receiving record, including receptions (819), yards(13,089) and touchdowns (100). A seven-time Pro-Bowl selection, he was named to the 1980s All-Decade team. In 1994, Largent – known affectionately as “Mr Seahawk” – was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
3. Cortez Kennedy (DT)
Like Jones and Largent, Kennedy played his entire career with the Seahawks. Over his 11 seasons, he was selected to eight Pro Bowls and was widely considered one of the best defensive tackles in the league. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and earned a spot on the 1990s All-Decade team. In 2012, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall o
f Fame, his fifth year on the ballot.
4. Kenny Easley (SS)
Easley starred seven seasons for the Seahawks in the early-and-mid ’80s before his career was cut short because of kidney disease. He earned five Pro Bowl selections, was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and was named to the 1980s All-Decade team. Easley accomplished a great deal in a relatively short career.
5. Earl Thomas (FS)
In six NFL seasons, Thomas has already been to five Pro Bowls and has established himself as one of the premier defensive players in the league. Still just 27 years old, he has the opportunity to one day advance higher on this list if he can avoid injury and if he plays all or the majority of his career with the Seahawks.
6. Richard Sherman (CB)
Like Thomas, Sherman is both highly decorated and still young. He has been to three Pro Bowls in five seasons and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He is one of the most feared cornerbacks in the league and was an integral part of the 2014 Seahawks team that won the Super Bowl.
7. Steve Hutchinson (OG)
Hutchinson spent the first five seasons of his 11-year career in Seattle. Three of his seven Pro Bowl appearances came with the Seahawks, a time when he teamed with Walter Jones to create one of the most dominant offensive line duos in the NFL. Hutchinson was also named to the 2000s All-Decade team and is a strong candidate for future inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
8. Marshawn Lynch (RB)
The recently retired “Beast Mode” earned four of his five Pro Bowls with the Seahawks. During his time in Seattle, he endeared himself to fans with his quirky personality and relentless running style. Lynch rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns during his career and helped lead Seattle to two Super Bowls, including a win in 2014.
9. Shaun Alexander (RB)
Alexander won the NFL’s MVP award in 2005 when he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns. He played eight of his nine seasons with the Seahawks, earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and was named to the 2000s All-Decade team.
10. Jacob Green (DE)
Green played 12 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Seahawks. He’s still the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks with an official count of 97.5. Sacks didn’t become an official statistic until 1982, which makes Green’s unofficial count an even more impressive 116. He ended his career as a two-time Pro Bowler and number three on the NFL’s all-time career sack list.