Earlier this morning my brand new TJ Houshmandzadeh jersey arrived from the Seahawks Pro Shop so I decided to take a look back at all the jerseys I have accumulated over the past few years.
Starting in the back row on the left:
#90 Marcus Tubbs - Got this one the year he was drafted in 2004. I had high hopes for Tubbs but after playing only 29 games in 4 years the Seahawks cut him. Too many injuries.
#37 Shaun Alexander - One of the greatest Seahawks of all time. Shaun's (yeah, we are on a first name basis) record setting season in 2005 was one of the greatest seasons ever by a RB and led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl but injuries and a weak running style soon diminished his effectiveness.
#81 Koren Robinson - During his first stint with the Seahawks Koren Robinson was an athletic freak but had trouble catching the ball. Unfortunately he had no trouble catching the booze and that led to a bunch of off the field trouble so he was soon gone. But his 1240 receiving yards in 2002 are among the best ever by a Seahawk.
#51 Anthony Simmons - This was the first jersey I bought back in 2002 when the Seahawks redesigned their uniforms and apparently Reebok didn't get the colors right. His speed and athleticism were awesome and he was a good LB but not good enough.
#21 Kelly Jennings - Jennings still hasn't lived up to all his potential. Occasionally he shows some good flashes but he is just a bit too small to effectively match up with the big receivers.
#28 Michael Boulware - His 5 INTs as a rookie is the most ever by a first year player in a Seahawk uniform. He was pretty decent but not good enough to stick around for very long.
#83 Deion Branch - Injuries have slowed Branch down a bit for the Seahawks but when he is on the field he is a dependable, consistent receiver. He got a big payday because of his Super Bowl MVP with the Patriots and he hasn't really lived up to that yet with the Hawks.
#59 Aaron Curry - Curry is one of the most exciting draft picks in quite a while for the Seahawks. With Curry, Hill, and Tatupu the Seahawks will have one of the best if not the best LB groups in the league and I fully expect Curry to get the defensive rookie of the year award.
#26 Ken Hamlin - Hamlin was a ferocious hitter but not a great cover safety. But he did take a street sign to the head very well.
#71 Walter Jones - Possibly the greatest Seahawks ever to put on the uniform. Big Walt has been a stud ever since he was drafted and is one of the best left tackles to play the game.
#59 Julian Peterson - I was so excited when the Seahawks got Peterson. He was an athletic freak. He made some big plays but just wasn't consistent enough and he got shipped to Detroit this past off season.
#84 TJ Houshmandzadeh - TJ is one of the best free agent signings of the off season. He will help a receiving corps that was decimated by injuries last year and gives them a great red zone target.
So in 8 years I have accumulated 12 jerseys. Of those 12 only 5 players are currently with the team. My go to jersey is still Walter Jones but this season I might be mixing Aaron Curry and TJ Houshmandzadeh into the mix as well.
As for the others? They will remain in the closet to remind me of some great seasons, unfulfilled potential, false hopes, excitement, big plays, and the combined joy and agony of being a Seahawks fan.