The Top Five Most Valuable Players for the Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks had one of the worst seasons in franchise history, but a few players really stood out.
These players stood out due to the fact that, despite a losing season, they never gave up. Players that had never had a start before in their career showed to the world that they were stars.
5. Josh Wilson
The ball hawking cornerback has made a name for himself in Seattle. After being benched in training camp for Ken Lucas, Wilson took it back as the season went on.
The 5'9", 190 pound corner would make make two interceptions, both of them going for touchdowns. Despite his small frame, Wilson managed to defend 13 passes and make 45 tackles.
4. Olindo Mare
It seems hard to belive that Jim Mora almost cut the record-breaking franchise kicker.
Mare has made Seattle fans almost forget about Josh Brown and all those clutch kicks. Mare went 24-26, including a franchise record 21 straight field goals. His only two misses came in a windy day in Seattle againts the Bears, where he would go 4-6.
3. Nate Burleson
This was a close one, as I thought about putting John Carleson at this spot. However, it goes to Nate Burleson.
Burleson came back from a knee injury he suffered last year to have the best year of his career. In just 12 starts Burleson would haul in 63 passes for 812 yards and, if not for a late season injury, he would have had a Pro Bowl-caliber season.
When Nate went down, so did Hasselbeck's season, proving how much the speedy WR meant to the Seattle offense.
2. David "The Heater" Hawthorne
They don't call him the heater for nothing.
Hawthorne would do the impossible task of replacing fan favorite and captain Lofa Tatupu. In just nine starts, Hawthorne would record 117 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions. He proved to be one of the elite middle linebackers in the NFL with his ability to always be around the ball and to make stops and plays when called on.
The emergence of Hawthorne has to make fans wonder if Seattle should move to a 3-4 defense.
1. Justin Forsett
Forsett proved to be the MVP of the season. He was the X-factor on offense and made play after play.
Despite only two starts, Forsett would run for 619 yards with an average of 5.4 yards per rush. He would also haul in 41 receptions for 350 yards.
Forsett was said to be too small at 5'8", 194 pounds, but he still showed impressive power and drive when givin the ball. Seattle fans were left wondering why the explosive back was the backup to Julius Jones, even though Forsett out played him in every aspect of the game.