The Seattle Seahawks are next up on my top 5 greatest players of each NFL franchise journey. I do need to give them a bit of advice. DO NOT TRADE RUSSELL WILSON YOU WILL REGRET IT. Now that I got that off my chest the Seahawks are in a position where they need to do everything in their power to keep their star quarterback happy. But it’s ok Seattle faithful I am going to turn the light back to positive and talk about some of your best players in franchise history. Feel free to comment at the bottom of the page and let me know what you think. Let’s get to it.
Shaun Alexander, Running Back (2000-2007)
Alexander was the driving force for Seattle’s offense and helped the team make its first Super Bowl appearance. During the 2005 season, Alexander broke the franchise record for the most rushing yards in the Seattle Seahawks’ history. On November 13, 2005, scoring 3 touchdowns, Alexander became the first running back in NFL history to record 15 or more touchdowns in five consecutive seasons. Alexander still owns many Seattle rushing records to this day.
Earl Thomas, Safety (2010-2018)
Even though he left Seattle on a sour note, Earl Thomas is one of the best defensive players in Seattle Seahawks history. His instincts, speed and playmaking ability helped transform Seattle’s defense into a historically good unit from 2012-2016. A leader in the “Legion of Boom” Thomas was 3 time first-team All Pro and made 7 Pro Bowls. He will have his jersey hung up in the rafters in Seattle one day.
Cortez Kennedy, Defensive Tackle (1990-2000)
In 1990, the Seahawks drafted Kennedy with the third overall pick. The Miami product only started two games as a rookie, but he quickly took off after his rookie year. A lot of people consider him to be the greatest defensive player in Seattle Seahawks history, I don’t but that’s no knock on the guy. Kennedy made six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1991 to 1996 and made two more in 1998 and 1999. He also earned First-Team All-Pro honors three times in his career and won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992 when he posted 14 sacks.
5.) Bobby Wagner, Linebacker (2012-Present)
Bobby Wagner has been considered the best linebacker in the NFL for many years now and even though he is slowing down he is still a force on the field to this day. Wagner is a Super Bowl champion, 6 time first-team All-Pro, 1 time second-team All-Pro, 7 time Pro Bowler, led the NFL in tackles twice and a member of the NFL and Sporting News All-Decade Team for the 2010s. Wagner will no doubt be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame some day with a couple more productive years ahead of him and will surely have his jersey retired by the team some day.
4.) Kenny Easley, Safety (1981-1987)
After nearly a twenty-year wait Kenny Easley finally got inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017. Easley spent his entire short seven-year career with the Seahawks and during that time, he intercepted 32 passes in 89 appearances. Starting in the year 1983, Easley earned three straight First-Team All-Pro teams, also making five Pro Bowls and winning Defensive Player of the Year in 1984. Easley had his number retired by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.
3.) Russell Wilson, Quarterback (2012-Present)
After signing Matt Flynn in the 2012 offseason the Seattle Seahawks selected Russell Wilson with the 75th overall pick in the NFL draft. Wilson ended up winning that job out of camp and Flynn never started a game. He led Seattle to an 11-5 record as a rookie and the following season helped lead Seattle to Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks destroyed Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos in a 43-8 rout and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory. Wilson has made 8 Pro Bowls, started in 2 Super Bowls and holds the record for most wins by an NFL quarterback through their first 9 seasons with 98. If Wilson stays in Seattle he will definitely end up at the top of this list by the end of his career but for now he sits at number 3.
2.) Steve Largent, Wide Receiver (1976-1989)
After being taken by the Houston Oilers in the fourth-round of the 1976 NFL Draft, Largent almost never played for the Seahawks. Luckily, the Oilers didn’t need any more receivers and traded Largent to Seattle for an eighth-round pick. That worked out perfectly for the Seahawks as Largent played every single snap of his career with the team. He played 14 seasons with the team making 7 Pro Bowls, A first team All-Pro bid and found Second-Team All Pro-Teams. When he retired following the 1989 season, Largent held NFL records with 819 receptions, 13,089 receiving yards, and 100 receiving touchdowns and he made the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 1st Team All-1980s alongside Jerry Rice. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and Seattle retired his number as well. A lot of people would have put Wilson here and as difficult as it was this spot had to go to Largent.
1.) Walter Jones, Offensive Tackle (1997-2009)
Walter Jones helped pave the way for Shaun Alexander and the Seahawks first Super Bowl appearance in 2005. The Seahawks drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick in 1997 and Jones went on to establish himself as one of the most dominant forces in NFL history. He spent his entire 12-year career with the Seahawks and went to nine Pro Bowls, made 4 first-team All-Pro teams and 2 second-team All-Pro teams. Jones is also one of the four Seahawks to have his jersey retired by the team.
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