When the Seattle Seahawks were born into the NFL in 1976, they won just two games, and their first draft pick ever was out of the league in a few years.
But what they did was get lucky on a few free agents, most notably Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent and quarterback Jim Zorn.
Seattle was finishing seasons with a winning record by their third year, and have stayed consistently competitive throughout most of their history.
The pinnacle for the franchise, so far, was appearing in Super Bowl XL, and their fans want more.
It is easy to see why, as the franchise heads towards its 15th losing season in their 34th year of existence.
Here is a list of some of the greats to don the teams jersey.
REMEMBER: This is a continuing series paying tribute to NFL legends who are not, and perhaps never will be, members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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This selection may seem ludicrous because Kennedy is bound for Canton soon. At the time of this publication, he has yet to be, so he makes this team easily.
He was Seattle's first round draft pick in 1990, and was the third player chosen overall. He was brought along slowly in his rookie year, starting in just two of the 16 games he played, and he recorded a career low one sack. It was the only season in which he did not start in every game that he played. Now a full-time starter in 1991, he made his first Pro Bowl after getting 6.5 sacks and 73 tackles.
Kennedy had the best year of his career in 1992. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press after setting career high marks of 14 sacks and 92 tackles. He was named to the Pro Bowl as well as First Team All-Pro.
He was named First Team All-Pro over the following two years, as well as to the Pro Bowl, getting 10.5 sacks and 131 tackles over that time. He continued to be named to the Pro Bowl in 1995 and 1996, getting 14.5 sacks and 91 tackles total in those two years.
He was injured in 1997, and was able to play just eight games. He still had two sacks. They were the first games he had missed in his career, and it seemed to have an effect on him for the rest of his career.
Kennedy did return to the Pro Bowl in 1998 despite getting just two sacks and 30 tackles in the 15 games he played. He also took a fumble 39 yards for the only touchdown of his career. He rebounded strong the next year with 6.5 sacks, 61 tackles, and two interceptions. He was named to his last Pro Bowl as well.
Though he started in all 16 games during the 2000 season, he matched his career low of one sack and had just 32 tackles. He also snagged the last interception of his career and chugged it for a career-long 14 yards. After sitting out the 2001 season, he announced his retirement.
There has been no better defensive tackle in Seahawks' history than him. His eight Pro Bowls and three First Team All-Pro nods are both the second-most in team history. His 58 sacks are the most by any defensive tackle in team history, and fourth-best ever overall. His 568 career tackles also ranks fourth-best in team history, and is the second-most by any Seattle defensive lineman.
Cortez Kennedy is a member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor, and is on the first team of the NFL 1990's All-Decade Team. Expect him to be one day a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.
Nash was signed as an undrafted free agent rookie by the Seahawks before the 1982 season. He got one start that year in the seven games that he played in the strike-shortened season, and recorded a sack.
Seattle then had him start eight games the next year at nose tackle, splitting duties with Manu Tuiasosopo, and he had three sacks. Seattle won their first-ever playoff game that year and eventually reached the AFC Championship before losing.
The Seahawks then decided to make him a full-time starter. He responded with his only Pro Bowl season in 1984. He had seven sacks and a career best three fumble recoveries. One of the fumbles he recovered was taken in for a touchdown by him. He, along with cornerback Dave Brown and kicker Norm Johnson, made the Pro Bowl that year. It was just the third time in team history any player was given this honor.
Nash followed that up with nine sacks the next season, an excellent number for a nose tackle. He then had 10.5 sacks over the next three years, despite missing five games because of injuries.
Seattle ran their base 3-4 defense for the last time in 1989. Nash had a stellar year, with eight sacks and a career best 92 tackles. The Seahawks then switched to the 4-3 defense in 1990 because they had just drafted defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy in the first round that year.
Now playing defensive tackle, Nash had just one sack. Seattle decided they wanted more of a pass rush the next year, so they moved defensive end Jeff Bryant into Nash's position and placed Tony Woods into Bryant's slot. It was the first year in Nash's career that he failed to record a sack. This experiment lasted just one year.
Defensive end Jacob Green left the team, so Bryant was inserted into his spot. Nash was starting again. He had 4.5 sacks that season. The 1993 season saw him record just half a sack, but he did intercept the only pass of his career and rumbled 13 yards for the last touchdown of his career.
After two sacks the next year, he had one in 1995. He also did not start in five games. He played in just eight games as a reserve the next season, then retired.
Joe Nash was the first defensive lineman in Seahawks history to be named to the Pro Bowl. His 218 games played in Seattle is a team record, and his 47.5 career sacks still ranks sixth-best in franchise history. His 743 career tackles is the second-most in team history, and the most ever by any Seahawks' defensive lineman.
There has been no nose tackle in Seahawks history better than he. He was durable, strong, and an stellar sack master. He has 37.5 of his sacks playing nose tackle over seven years, which is a superb rate for the position. There is a reason the man was a fan favorite and lasted 15 years with the team. It was because he was excellent.
Sam Adams, Rocky Bernard, and John Randle deserve mention.
Green was a first-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 1980, and he was the tenth player chosen overall. He started in 13 of the 14 games he played as a rookie, then in all 16 games the following year. He had 18.5 sacks during that time.
The NFL began keeping quarterback sacks as a statistic in the strike-shortened season of 1982, and Green had three in the nine games he played that year. He had perhaps his best season the next year when he had a career high 16 sacks. He also intercepted a pass and took it a career long 79 yards for a touchdown. The Seahawks won their first ever playoff game that year and reached the AFC Championship before losing to the eventual NFL Champion Los Angeles Raiders.
Teamed with 1982 first-round draft pick Jeff Bryant, the two were fast becoming one of the best defensive end tandems in the league. The two would be paired up until 1992.
Green had 13 sacks and career high four fumble recoveries in 1984, then had 13.5 sacks the next year. He also scored two touchdowns. One came off a 19-yard interception return, and the other came off a 79-yard fumble recovery return. Both the touchdown off interception and fumble recovery led the NFL that year.
He was finally named to his first Pro Bowl in 1986 after having 12 sacks. He repeated that honor in the strike-shortened 1987 season after getting 9.5 sacks in 12 games played. It would be the last time he made the Pro Bowl in his career.
Green scored the last touchdown of his career the next year, and also had nine sacks. Fans began to wonder if he was slowing down in 1997 after he had just three sacks, but he rebounded the next season with 12.5 sacks. He then had six sacks and the last interception of his career in the 1991 season.
It was also his last year in Seattle. He joined the San Francisco 49ers for the 1992 season, but suited up for two games and did not record any statistics. It is the only season of his career in which he failed to record a sack. He retired afterward.
His 97.5 official sacks are the most in Seattle history, and was the third-most at the time of his retirement. It still ranks 25th all-time. If all of his 118 career sacks counted, he would rank 14th on the all-time sacks list.
He was the first defensive end in Seahawks' history to make the Pro Bowl, and his two appearances rank second most by any defensive end in team history. He is the only defensive lineman in team history with two touchdowns off interceptions, and is tied for fifth-most by and defender in franchise history.
His three interceptions are tied with Cortez Kennedy as the most by any Seahawk lineman ever. His two touchdowns off of fumbles is tied with Michael Sinclair as the most ever by a Seattle defensive lineman, and is also the second-most in franchise history.
Jacob Green is most likely the best defensive end that ever wore a Seahawks' uniform.
Sinclair was a sixth round draft pick by Seattle in 1991, and was the 155th player chosen overall. He spent his rookie year riding the bench mostly, but he did have one sack.
The next year saw him play just nine games, as he was used as pass rush specialist and had eight sacks. He had 4.5 sacks the next year in a reserve role again.
Seattle then inserted him into the starting lineup for the 1995 season, and he had 5.5 sacks. Business picked up for him the next year when he had 13 sacks and was named to his first Pro Bowl. He went back to the Pro Bowl in 1997 after getting 12 sacks and scoring a touchdown off a fumble recovery.
The best year of his career may have been in 1998. He had a career-best 16.5 sacks, which led the NFL. He also had a career-high 42 tackles. He was named to the last Pro Bowl of his career that year as well.
He stayed with Seattle for three more years and had 13 total sacks over that time. He scored the last touchdown of his career in 2000 when he took one of his career-high four fumble recoveries for a score. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles for 2002, but played just four games. It was the only season he failed to record a sack. He then retired.
Michael Sinclair's 73.5 sacks with Seattle is the second-most in franchise history. His three Pro Bowl appearances are the most by any defensive end in the team's history. He is certainly one of the best defensive ends the Seahawks ever had.
Jeff Bryant and Tony Woods deserve mentioning.
Brown was drafted in the second round of the 1993 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the 44th player chosen overall. Pittsburgh started him in nine of the 16 games he played as a rookie at inside linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4 defense. He had three sacks.
He stayed there for the next two seasons, getting 14 sacks and an interception. Pittsburgh advanced to Super Bowl XXX after 1995, but lost. Brown had missed six games because of injury that year, but returned in time to help Pittsburgh capture the AFC crown.
Pittsburgh moved him to outside linebacker in 1996, and he responded with a Pro Bowl year, with a career-high 13 sacks in the 14 games he played. He also had two interceptions and was named First Team All-Pro.
He joined the Seahawks in 1997 and had 6.5 sacks. He also led the NFL with two fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns. The 1998 season was the best of his career. Brown wracked up a career best 117 tackles to go with 7.5 sacks and an interception. He was named to the Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro.
His last year as a Pro Bowler was in 1999. He had 5.5 sacks. The next year saw him score the last touchdown of his career, off a fumble recovery, and have six sacks. After 8.5 sacks in 2001, he missed eight games because of injuries the next year. He still managed six sacks in the eight games that he did play.
After seven sacks and the last interception of his career in 14 games in 2003, he was only able to suit up for seven games the next year, due to injury, and had one sack.
Brown signed with the New England Patriots in 2004 and started in five games before losing his starting job. He spent the rest of the year on special teams. He rejoined the Steelers the next year and had the last sack of his career after nine games before being injured for the rest of the year. He then rejoined the Patriots for two games in 2007 before being released.
Though some may remember Brown's early years in the famed "Blitzburgh" defense the Steelers ran, he had his most productive seasons in the eight years he spent with Seattle. His three touchdowns off fumbles is the most in team history, and is tied for the third-most in NFL history.
He is still ranked third in franchise history in tackles and fumble recoveries, and is fifth in sacks. His 48 sacks is the most by any linebacker in team history. His two Pro Bowl years are the most by any Seattle outside linebacker, if you do not count Rufus Porter's Pro Bowl years as a special teams contributor.
Through all the fine outside linebackers in Seahawks' history, Chad Brown is probably the best ever.
Young was drafted in the third round of the 1984 draft by Seattle, and was the 78th player chosen overall. He spent his rookie year as a reserve, yet recorded a sack. He was a special teams star for the Seahawks, and became the first player in AFC history to be named to the Pro Bowl as a special teams contributor.
He was inserted into the starting line up in the third game of the next year, and responded with another Pro Bowl season. He also contributed three sacks. He played in 15 games in 1986 and had six sacks. He was also named to the Pro Bowl yet again.
The strike shortened 1987 season was his last as a Pro Bowler. He was also named First Team All-Pro. He suited up for 12 games and had a career high nine sacks. He also had the first interception of his career, which he returned 50 yards for the only touchdown of his career.
He joined the Indianapolis Colts in 1988, and stayed with them for three mostly injury-plagued years. He contributed two sacks and two interceptions, then retired after the 1990 season.
Many Seahawks fans recall Young for more than his four Pro Bowls in four years with the team. He was a ferocious hitter whose hits are still shown on NFL Films. His three Pro Bowl appearances as a middle linebacker are tied as the most in team history with Lofa Tatupu, and tied with Julian Peterson and Tatupu as the most by any linebacker in team history.
If you count the year he made it on special teams as a linebacker, which the league does, it is the most ever in Seahawks' history. His 19 sacks are the most by any middle linebacker in team history as well.
Seattle has had quite a few good middle linebackers in their history, but perhaps none are better than Fredd Young.
Keith Butler, Shelton Robinson, and Dave Wyman all deserve mention.
Porter joined Seattle as an undrafted free agent rookie in 1988. He saw limited action on defense that year, but soon became a star on special teams. He was named to the AFC Pro Bowl Team as a special teams contributor.
Chuck Knox, the Seahawks' coach, knew he had to get Porter on the field more often. Knox started him three times at linebacker in 1989, but mostly used him as a pass rushing specialist. Porter came through with a career best 10.5 sacks that year. He kept starring on special teams and was named to his second, and last, Pro Bowl. He was also named First Team All-NFL and First Team All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly.
Seattle named him a starter in 1990, but Porter missed four games because of injury. He was able to contribute five sacks and a career-high four fumble recoveries. He missed one game the next year, but piled up ten sacks and had his first interception of his career.
The 1992 season was the only year of his career that he played a full season as a starting linebacker, and he had 9.5 sacks. He started in six of the seven games he played in an injury-plagued 1991, getting one sack and interception. After an interception and 1.5 sacks in 15 games the next year, he joined the New Orleans Saints.
His two years with the Saints saw him miss five games and start in just 21 games. He had three sacks his first year in New Orleans and none the next year. He found himself on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997, where he had half a sack in the 11 games he played. He then retired.
Rufus Porter's place in Seahawks is secure, and his 37.5 sacks with the team are the second-most ever by any Seahawks' linebacker.
Julian Peterson, Bruce Scholtz, Terry Wooden, and Anthony Simmons all deserve mentioning.
Easley was the first-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 1981, and was the fourth player chosen overall. Blessed with great speed and a 32-inch vertical jump, the Chicago Bulls drafted him in the tenth round of the 1981 NBA Draft as well.
Seattle started him immediately, and the move paid off handsomely. He started all 14 games he played, intercepting three passes for a career high 155 yards. One was returned for a career long 82 yard touchdown. He also recovered a career high four fumbles. United Press International named him AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The 1982 season in the NFL is most remembered for being shortened due to a players' strike. It is also the first season Easley was named to the Pro Bowl, the second Seahawk to ever be named to a Pro Bowl in team history, after he had four interceptions and the first two sacks of his career. He would be named to the Pro Bowl for the next three seasons as well.
Not only was he awarded Pro Bowl honors over these three years, he was also named First Team All-Pro in each year. No other Seahawk defensive back has done this, and it ranks as the second-most in franchise history still today. His four consecutive Pro Bowls was also a team record at the time.
The 1983 season saw Seattle hire Chuck Knox as their head coach. Easley intercepted the ball seven times and had a career-best three sacks that season as the Seahawks made the playoffs for the first time ever.
The Seahawks won their first ever playoff game by walloping the Denver Broncos 31-7. Easley contributed a sack and helped stifle the Broncos all game. Seattle rode that momentum by reaching the AFC Championship before losing.
Easly had the best season of his career in 1984. He has a career high ten interceptions and two touchdowns, both of which led the NFL. Seattle also asked him to return punts that year, and he had a career high 18 returns for 194 yards. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
The Seahawks won 12 games that year. It was the highest win total for them until their 2005 team won 13 and reached the Super Bowl. They got revenge on the Raiders in the first round of the playoffs by winning 13-7. Easley provided a key interception that was returned 26 yards to help the team. Seattle would lose the next week to the Dolphins.
He missed three games the next year, yet had two interceptions and two sacks. Though he missed six games in 1986 because of an ankle injury, he still managed two interceptions and a sack. However, the ankle injury would come back to haunt him later on in his career.
He returned to the Pro Bowl in 1987 after getting four interceptions. The ankle was still bothering him, and he missed four games. He was also held out of the starting lineup for a game for the first time since his first game in college. Seattle made the playoffs,but lost. It was the last game he ever played.
Seattle then traded him to the Phoenix Cardinals for the rights to quarterback Kelly Stouffer. Stouffer had been the sixth player overall drafted the season before, but sat out the entire season because he and the Cardinals were unable to agree to terms of a contact.
When Easley arrived for his physical in Phoenix, the Cardinals doctors found that he had a kidney disease. It was later determined his disease stemmed from taking too many Advils when he was attempting to play on his injured ankle, which was what the Seahawks' medical staff had been advising him to do over that time.
Easley was forced to retire as a player. He later settled with the team out of court over the Advil fiasco that robbed him of his kidney and playing career. He would undergo a successful kidney transplant in 1990. He was jogging within four months of the surgery, then won a golf tournament within six months.
His 32 interceptions are the fourth-most in team history, and his 538 yards returned off interceptions is the third-most. The three touchdowns he scored off of interceptions is the second-most, and his 11 fumble recoveries is the fifth-most by any Seahawks' defender. No other defensive back in Seahawks' history has gone to the Pro Bowl more than him, and only three other players in team history have more appearances.
Kenny Easley is a member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor, and is a member of the NFL 1980's All-Decade First Team. He is the only member of the unit to yet be inducted into Canton.
Easley is the not only the best strong safety of the 1980s, but he is the best safety in that decade and in Seahawks' history.
Robert Blackmon deserves mention.
Harris was drafted in the seventh round by the Seahawks in 1978, and was the 178th player chosen overall.
He won the starting job right away and had four interceptions in his rookie year. His second season was plagued by injuries, as he was only able to start in six of the 14 games he played that year. He never missed a game or start again while he was in Seattle. He still managed two interceptions.
Following six interceptions in 1980, he had the best year of his career in 1981 while teamed with rookie Kenny Easley at safety. Harris set career highs with ten interceptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns. One interception was returned a career-long 42 yards. He also recovered a career-high three fumbles.
After four interceptions in 1982, he matched his career-high mark of three fumble recoveries the next year, returning them for a career-best 62 yards. He also had two interceptions. The Seahawks won their first ever playoff game that year and eventually reached the AFC Championship before losing
The 1984 season saw him have six interceptions and record the only quarterback sack of his career. Seattle won 12 games that year. It was the highest win total for them until their 2005 team won 13 and reached the Super Bowl. They won in the first round of the playoffs, then lost the next week.
After intercepting seven passes in 1985, he joined the Minnesota Vikings the next year. He had three interceptions but missed one start in the 16 games he played. It was the first time he had missed a start since 1979. He then started in all 12 games he played in the strike-shortened 1987 season, yet he still had three interceptions.
Harris picked off three balls the next year, but missed his first three games since 1979. He also missed a start in one of those games. He retired at the conclusion of the season.
He had at least two interceptions in all of his 11 seasons in the league, and ended up with 50 in his career. His 41 interceptions in Seattle is the third-most in franchise history.
John Harris teamed with Easley to give the Seahawks perhaps the best safety tandem in the league for many years, and he might be the best free safety to have ever played for the team.
Eugene Robinson and Darryl Williams also were excellent, and surely deserve mention.
Brown was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 1975 draft, and was the 26th player chosen overall.
He played sparingly at defensive back for the powerhouse Steelers, but helped as a return specialist. He returned 22 punts for 217 yards, both career-highs, and returned the only six kickoffs of his career for 126 yards. Pittsburgh would go on to win Super Bowl X that season.
He was then picked in the 1976 Expansion Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Though he started right away at cornerback and intercepted four balls, he also returned the last 11 punts of his career for 74 yards. He also recorded the only safety of his career.
He had four more swipes the next season, including scoring the first touchdown of his career. After 14 interceptions over the next three years, he missed his first six games of his Seattle career in 1981 after getting two interceptions. They would be the only games he missed with the Seahawks.
His best season was in 1984, which happened to be his only Pro Bowl year. It was the first time a Seahawk cornerback had been named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro. He, along with nose tackle Joe Nash and kicker Norm Johnson, made the Pro Bowl that year. It was just the third time in team history any player was given this honor.
He had a career highs with eight interceptions for 179 yards and an NFL leading two touchdowns that came in one game.
Brown tied an NFL record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns during their November 4th, 1984 victory over the Chiefs, including a career long return of 90 yards.
Over the next two years, he had 11 interceptions and scored a touchdown in each year. He was also named All-Pro in 1985. He then opted to sign with the Green Bay Packers in 1987. He missed his first four games that year for the first time since 1981, but still managed three interceptions. After three more the next year, he had six interceptions in 1989. He then retired.
Brown is seventh all-time in NFL history with 62 career interceptions. His 50 INTs as a Seahawk still stands as the team record. His five career touchdowns are the most ever by any Seattle defender.
In 1992, Brown was inducted into the Seattle's Ring of Honor.
Dave Brown may never get inducted into Canton, but his stats are certainly worthy of induction. He was solid and steady. I consider him more spectacular than flashy, even though he did score five touchdowns and have an amazing total of 62 interceptions.
He always got the job done.
Simpson was the Seahawks' first draft pick in 1978, and he was the ninth player chosen overall. Seattle used him as an extra defensive back for 13 games in his rookie year, yet he was able to intercept two balls. One was returned 40 yards for a touchdown.
He was put at strong safety the next year, and ended up staring in 11 of the 15 games he played. He swiped a career-best four balls that year. His 1980 season saw him play 16 games the only time in his career, and he picked off three more passes.
Seattle was looking to upgrade their secondary and decided to move Simpson to cornerback and draft Ken Easley to play strong safety. The move was a good one for the team, and Simpson had two picks that year.
After no turnovers in the strike-shortened season of 1982, Simpson had four interceptions in 1983 despite being injured much of year. He missed two games, and started just six. Seattle would go on to play the AFC Championship Game, but lose.
His best season was in 1984. He matched his career-high of four interceptions, and had a career-best 138 yards gained from the interceptions. He led the NFL with two touchdowns scored off of interceptions, including a career long return of 76 yards.
He lost his starting job to Terry Taylor, who was a first-round draft pick in 1984, so he played as an extra defender. He failed to accrue a turnover for just the second time in his career, but he did contribute a career-high three quarterback sacks. When the season was over, he retired.
Keith Simpson's 19 career interceptions still rank seventh-best in Seahawk history, and his six sacks are the most recorded by any cornerback who has played in Seattle. His three touchdowns off of interceptions are the second most in team history.
His versatility and big play ability has him remembered as one of the best Seahawks defensive backs ever.
Patrick Hunter, Willie Williams, Terry Taylor, Dwayne Harper, and Shawn Springs deserve mention.
Tuten was signed as a free agent rookie by the Philadelphia Eagles for two games in the 1989 season. The Eagles used four different players that year as a punter. Tuten punted the ball seven times that year, and averaged a career low 36.6 yards per attempt. He was then released by Philadelphia.
He was signed by the Buffalo Bills two games into the season the next year. The Bills had drafted John Nies in the sixth-round that year, but were unhappy with his production. They carried Tuten on the roster for a few more weeks before deciding to cut Nies. Tuten then was the punter the rest of the year, and averaged 39.8 yards on 53 attempts. Buffalo would go on to play in Super Bowl XXV that year, but would lose to the New York Giants 20-19.
Chris Mohr would replace Tuten on the Bills next year, and spend ten seasons with the team. Now a free agent again, Tuten waited for a team to give him a shot. The Seahawks 1991 season saw them already use two punters in six games, and head coach Chuck Knox was not pleased with either. Seattle then signed Tuten for the rest of the year. He averaged 43 yards on 49 punt attempts.
The Seahawks then used him a lot in 1992. He punted the ball an NFL-leading 108 times, which is the fourth-most in NFL history. His 4,760 yards also led the NFL, and is still the third-most punting yards in a single season in NFL history.
He led the NFL in punting yards again in 1993 with 4007 yards on 90 punts. He also had the first punt of his career blocked that season.
Tuten made his only Pro Bowl squad in 1994 after punting 91 times for 3,905 yards. Tuten also scored on a two point conversion that year. He is the only punter in Seahawks history to be given a Pro Bowl honor.
He followed it up with perhaps the best season of his career in 1995. He led the NFL with a career-high 45 yards per punt on 83 attempts. He also led the NFL with a career long 73 yard punt.
After having the last punt blocked of his career in 1996, Tuten was injured after 11 games the next season. The Seahawks then signed veteran Jeff Feagles during the offseason, and released Tuten. He then signed with the Saint Louis Rams for the 1998 season and punted the ball 95 times for the 4-12 Rams.
St. Louis had a dramatic rebound in 1999, winning 16 games. Tuten was injured in the eighth game, and spent the rest of the year on injured reserve. The Rams went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV, thus giving Tuten a ring for being a member of the team. He then retired after the season.
His 554 punts for 24,266 yards are the best in Seahawks' history, as is his 73 yard punt. His Seahawks' career average of 43.8 yards per punt is the second-best in franchise history by anyone with two or more punts. His career average of 43.4 is the 27th best in NFL history, his 741 punts is the 42nd most ever, and his 32,190 punting yards is the 41st most in professional football history.
Rick "Bootin" Tuten is easily the greatest punter in Seahawks history.
Jeff Feagles, Herman Weaver, and Jeff West deserve mention.
Not to be confused with the punter Steve Broussard who had three punts blocked in the four games he played for the 1975 Green Bay Packers.
This Broussard was a first-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 1990. He started a career high ten times in the 13 games he played as a rookie, but split carries with Mike Rozier. He set career best marks of 126 carries for 454 yards that season.
He started just six games over the next three injury-plagued seasons with Atlanta, where he missed 11 games over that time. Atlanta released him after 1990, and he was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals for the 1991 season. After catching a career high 34 passes and scoring the only two point conversion of his career that year, he joined the Seahawks for the 1992 season.
Seattle installed Broussard as their kick returner, despite the fact he returned just ten kickoffs in the five years he has previously played. He responded by averaging 24.7 yards on 43 returns. He had 43 returns the next year as well, despite missing four games. One return went for 86 yards.
The best year of his career was in 1997. He set career best marks of 50 kickoff returns for 1,076 yards. He also scored a career high six touchdowns as a third-string running back behind Chris Warren and Lemar Smith.
He followed that up the next year by scoring on a 90 yard touchdown off of a kickoff return. He also averaged a career high 26.9 on 29 returns. After the 1998 season ended, he retired.
His 3,900 kickoff return yards for the Seahawks is the most in franchise history.
Charlie Rogers deserves mention, and is probably the best all around return specialist in Seahawks history.