Players and Coach Make The 1983 Seahawks All-Time Favorite

Jeffrey GearhartContributor IMay 14, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Chuck Knox of the Seattle Seahawks watches the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 20, 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 27-24.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

     If I had to choose my favorite Seattle Seahawks team of all-time, it would have to be the 1983 team. As a fan of the Seahawks since their inception in 1976 at the age of four, I can vividly remember my older brother wearing his #80 Steve Largent jersey. Since I looked up to my brother, it was only fitting to follow in his footsteps and be a Seahawks fan. Even though I was really too young to understand about winning and losing, all that mattered to me was that I was a Seahawks fan like my older brother.

     As time went on and I was able to know what was happening in the world of the Seahawks with their less than stellar performances, I remained a fan. It wasn't until the early 1980's that my support and enthusiasm for the team started to take shape. In 1983, the Seattle Seahawks made their first ever playoff appearance, and it looked like they were on the way to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately the former rival AFC West LA Raiders had other plans.

     I remember thinking in 1983, before the Conference Championship game against the Raiders, that my team was going to the Super Bowl! Obviously I was wrong. The 1983 team was my favorite for several reasons, but to be honest I didn't figure it out until several years later. The first and foremost reason was the man leading the charge; Chuck Knox. He was affectionately known as "Ground Chuck". But I could remember saying to myself, why is this guy named after hamburger?

     In his first season as head coach, he brought hope to the team by leading them to the promised land-the playoffs! He was not alone in the venture however. Having players such as Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, Curt Warner, Steve Largent, Jacob Green, Dave Brown, and Norm Johnson helped Knox. Curt Warner was a rookie running back out of Penn State, and secured the starting spot. He would amass 1449 and 13 touchdowns that year. How many Seahawks players rushed for 1,000-plus yards prior to that? Zero! That's right, Curt Warner, as a rookie, was the first Seahawks player in team history to rush for 1,000-plus yards. Which is why Chuck Knox had the nickname "Ground Chuck".

     Of the seven previously mentioned players, five of them eventually landed in the Seahawks Ring of Honor. The only two that have yet to be named to that prestigous honor are Dave Krieg and Norm Johnson.

     It is the combination of these players and coach, why the 1983 Seahawks are my favorite team of all-time.