As the Seahawks scout the new talent coming out in the 2010 NFL Draft, we can remember the former greats that have worn the Seahawk blue-and-green. The Seahawks have had some of the best players in the game play for them, but these players are different. These players not only defined Seahawks football, but they made their careers in the Emerald City.
These players defined the Seattle Seahawks' franchise and will forever be remembered for their contributions.
Dave Krieg is a prime example of a "he came from nowhere" story. A QB from NAIA Milton College, Kreig signed with the Seattle Seahawks and became the third-greatest QB in franchise history.
In his 11 seasons with the Seahawks, Krieg amassed 38,147 passing yards and threw 199 touchdown passes for the Seattle Seahawks. He left as the Seahawks all-time leading passer until QB Matt Hasselbeck broke that record in 2009.
Krieg also led the Seahawks to one of their most historic victories in franchise history in 1983, when the Seattle Seahawks upset the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium, 27-20. They eventually lost the AFC Championship to the L.A. Raiders, but Krieg forever etched his name in Seahawks history after that historic win.
Before the former grocery store worker turned into an NFL MVP, there was only one memorable Curt Warner.
Warner, the former All-American at Penn State, was drafted No. 3 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 1983. In his rookie season, he led the AFC in rushing yards and helped the 9-7 Seattle Seahawks to their first and only AFC Championship appearance.
He missed the entire 1984 season with a torn ACL, but came back to have a number of successful seasons. Warner ended his NFL career with the L.A. Rams.
In his eight NFL seasons, Warner had 6,844 rushing yards and 63 touchdowns. He was also elected to the Pro Bowl three times (1983, 1986, 1987).
Green came to the Seahawks as a first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M University in 1980. While at Texas A&M, Green was an All-American in 1979 after gathering a then-team-record 20 sacks and making 134 tackles.
As a Seahawk, Green emerged as one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL, officially gathering 97.5 sacks, although unofficially he had 116 sacks, as the NFL did not recognize sacks as a stat until 1982, in Green's third season.
The former Boston College Eagle came to the Seahawks in 2001 in a trade with the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately for Hasselbeck, the beginning of his Seahawks career did not start out as everyone had hoped.
In 2002, he was eventually replaced by Trent Dilfer. However, after Dilfer suffered a season-ending injury, Hasselbeck led the Seahawks on a three-game winning streak to end the 2002 season.
As a result of that, he entered the 2003 season as the starter and led the Seahawks to a 10-6 record and a wild-card berth against the Green Bay Packers. He made the famous "We want the ball, and we're gonna score" call in this game.
In 2005, Hasselbeck had his most productive season as a Seahawk, leading the NFC in passer rating and the Seahawks to the best offense in the NFL. The Seahawks made their first-ever Super Bowl, losing a heart-breaker to the Steelers, 21-10.
Hasselbeck is a three-time Pro Bowler (2003, 2005, 2007) and is the Seahawks all-time passing leader.
The all-time Seahawks rushing leader, Shaun Alexander was a first-round pick in 2000 out of the University of Alabama.
Alexander struggled for playing time behind Ricky Watters and only had 313 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie year. However, in his second season, he became the featured back and rushed for 1,318 yards and 14 touchdowns. During this season, he rushed for a franchise record 266 yards against the Oakland Raiders.
Alexander established himself as a touchdown machine for the Seahawks, scoring five in the first half in a 2002 game against the Minnesota Vikings, an NFL record.
He had his best season in 2005, rushing for a franchise-record 1,880 yards and a then-NFL-record 28 touchdowns. He also led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl. He also won the first NFL MVP in Seahawks history.
Alexander finished his Seahawks career with 9,429 yards and 112 touchdowns.
Kenny Easley, the former UCLA Bruin, came to the Seahawks as the fourth-overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. As a Bruin, he was a three-time All-American and left with a school-record 19 interceptions.
As a Seahawk, Easley won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984.
Unfortunately, Easley retired early from football in 1988 after he was diagnosed with a kidney disease.
Easley retired with 32 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. He also was selected to the 1980s All-Decade team.
Jim Zorn was the first-ever quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks' organization.
Zorn played at Cal Poly Pamona in his collegiate career. He came to the Seahawks when they came into the NFL in 1976. That same year, he won the NFL Rookie of the Year.
He was the first Seahawk to have three straight 3,000-yard seasons (since broken by Matt Hasselbeck). Zorn was eventually benched for Dave Krieg in 1983.
Zorn went on to become Seattle's QB coach in 2001, and then left in 2007 to become the head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Cortez Kennedy came to the Seahawks in 1990 out of the University of Miami. He had a dismal rookie year, but was named to the Pro Bowl in his second season in 1991.
In only his third season in the NFL, Kennedy was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. This is significant because the 1992 Seattle Seahawks went 2-14, but sported one of the best defenses in the NFL.
He was released from the Seahawks in 2000 and retired in 2002 after sitting out the 2001 season. He is a finalist for the Hall of Fame this year and is widely considered to be one of the best defensive tackles to ever play in the NFL.
The only retired number in Seahawks' history, Steve Largent is also the only NFL Hall of Famer in their history (although other Hall of Famers have played for the team, Largent only played for the Seahawks).
Largent was selected in the fourth round in the 1976 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, but was eventually traded to the Seattle Seahawks.
Largent spent 13 seasons with the Seahawks and was a seven-time Pro Bowler, and was named to the 1980's All-Decade Team.
When Largent eventually retired in 1989, he held every single NFL receiving record including receptions (819), yards (13,089), and touchdowns (101).
Largent was the first member inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor, and was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1995.
Walter Jones was a first-round draft pick out of Florida State. Jones has manned the left tackle position since he was drafted in 1997, and has made nine Pro Bowls and is a seven time All-Pro.
He teamed with Steve Hutchinson from 2001-2005, when the Seahawks had one of the best left sides of the offensive line in the decade. Jones was named to the All-Decade team for the 2000's.
Perhaps the greatest player in Seahawks' history, and maybe the best player at his position, Jones defined the left tackle position in his 12 year career.