More than just a characteristic of the roster, a jersey number can often come to define a player. Or, in many cases, a player can come to define his jersey number.
Either way, there have been thousands upon thousands of athletes who have competed at the highest level of sports in this city, and only a handful of those are worthy of being dubbed “the greatest.”
As means of tribute to some of the best players in the history of Seattle athletics, we’ve chosen the greatest local sports stars by each and every possible jersey number, from 0-99.
They’re all here, and while some digits may be up for debate, others are not (like No. 24, perhaps).
If you feel like someone has been left off the list, is undeserving of the honor, or simply doesn’t fit in, let us know in the comments section.
Likewise, if you want to share your memories of your favorite player and favorite jersey number, feel free to do that as well.
Without further ado, on to the list.
0 – Joel Smith, Husky Basketball
A 50/50 shot here, and Smith gets the edge over former Sonic Olden Polynice, the guy who cost us Scottie Pippen.
Honorable Mention: Olden Polynice (Sonics).
00 – Jeffrey Leonard, Mariners
The Hackman gets the nod over ex-Sonic Benoit Benjamin. Leonard wasn’t at the top of his game in Seattle, but that ’stache and the sleepy grill skyrocket him past the inert Benjamin.
HM: Benoit Benjamin (Sonics).
1 – Warren Moon, Husky Football, Seahawks
One of those rare breeds that donned the same jersey number for two local teams, Moon began a Hall of Fame career on Montlake and capped it off as a starter with the Hawks two decades later. In his first year at UW, Moon was spotted in a No. 12 jersey before making the switch to single digits later on.
HM: Jack Brand (Sounders), Tony Chursky (Sounders), Lonzell Hill (Husky Football), Chris Polk (Husky Football), Rashaan Shehee (Husky Football), Tre Simmons (Husky Basketball), C.J. Wallace (Husky Football), Gus Williams (Sonics), Reggie Williams (Husky Football).
2 – Chuck Carroll, Husky Football
A dominant force for the Dawgs in the late 1920s, Carroll was once referred to by legendary Stanford coach Pop Warner as the greatest football player Warner had ever seen. A member of the Husky Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Football Hall of Fame, Carroll had his No. 2 retired by Washington following the 1928 season, his last at Washington.
HM: Kevin Bond (Sounders), Gary Payton (Sonics)*, Todd Peterson (Seahawks), Nate Robinson (Husky Basketball)^, Isaiah Thomas (Husky Basketball).
*Also wore No. 20 with Sonics.
^Wore No. 6 with Husky Football team.
3 – Brandon Roy, Husky Basketball
Amidst a crowded field of worthy athletes, Roy stands out as the very best of the best. His No. 3 is only the second jersey number of all time to be retired by the Husky Basketball team, and he will undoubtedly be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame, if not the National Basketball Hall of Fame, at some point in his lifetime.
HM: Roc Alexander (Husky Football), Skip Boyd (Husky Football), Josh Brown (Seahawks), Dale Ellis (Sonics)*, Eddie O’Brien (Seattle U. Basketball), Cody Pickett (Husky Football), Alex Rodriguez (Mariners), Mark Sanford (Husky Basketball), Courtney Thompson (Husky Volleyball).
*Also wore No. 9 with Sonics.
4 – Corey Dillon, Husky Football
In just one season at Washington (1996), Dillon set single-season records in rushing (1,555) and touchdowns scored (22). Most notably, Dillon set an NCAA record for most all-purpose yards in one quarter when he logged 222 rushing yards and 83 receiving yards in the first quarter of a game against San Jose State.
HM: Nick Collison (Sonics), Ja’Warren Hooker (Husky Football), Jose Lopez (Mariners), Neil Megson (Sounders), Johnny O’Brien (Seattle U. Basketball), J.C. Pearson (Husky Football), Jeremiah Pharms (Husky Football), Harold Reynolds (Mariners)*, Isaiah Stanback (Husky Football).
*Also wore Nos. 18 and 19 with Mariners.
5 – Mario Bailey, Husky Football
The University of Washington’s record-holder for receiving touchdowns in a season (18) and a career (30), Bailey was an integral part of the Huskies’ 1991 National Championship team. The Franklin High School alum would go on to become NFL Europe’s all-time reception leader before capping off his playing career with a stint in the Arena Football League.
HM: Loren Anderson (Seattle Pacific Basketball), Will Conroy (Husky Basketball), Reggie Davis (Husky Football), Justin Dentmon (Husky Basketball), Mike England (Sounders), Dana Hall (Husky Football), Michael Jackson (Husky Football, Seahawks), Deon Luton (Husky Basketball), John Olerud (Mariners), Eldridge Recasner (Husky Basketball).
6 – Sonny Sixkiller, Husky Football
Destined to wear this jersey number, the man nicknamed “Six” was the NCAA leader in passing yards in 1970. He was also the first Husky athlete to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated , earning that distinction in October 1971.
HM: Julio Cruz (Mariners), Dan Wilson (Mariners).
7 – Brock Huard, Husky Football
In a close contest with his brother Damon, who also wore No. 7, Brock gets the nod with more career passing yards (5,742) and more touchdown passes (51) than his older sibling. Damon can take solace in the fact that he had a longer NFL career. There’s the whole National Championship argument as well; Damon was a redshirt freshman on the squad that won it all in ‘91.
HM: Damon Huard (Husky Football), Jon Kitna (Seahawks), Rashard Lewis (Sonics), Tony Parrish (Husky Football), Paul Skansi (Husky Football)*.
*Also wore No. 82 with Seahawks.
8 – Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
Arguably the greatest quarterback in the history of the franchise, Hasselbeck holds a litany of team passing records and was the man under center for the team’s only trip to the Super Bowl in the 2005 season.
HM: Dave Butler (Sounders), Willie Hurst (Husky Football), Napoleon Kaufman (Husky Football), Lonnie Shelton (Sonics), Brian Slater (Husky Football).
9 – Lawyer Milloy, Husky Football
Honored as a first-team All-American by six different publications in 1995, Milloy is among the greatest defensive backs in Husky football history. Blessed with a storied NFL career after leaving Washington, Milloy donned jersey No. 36 as a Seahawk in 2009.
HM: Hakim Akbar (Husky Football), Donald Butler (Husky Football), Dale Ellis (Sonics)*, Chance Fry (Sounders), Norm Johnson (Seahawks), Ruppert Jones (Mariners), Christal Morrison (Husky Volleyball), Louis Rankin (Husky Football)^.
*Also wore No. 3 with Sonics.
^Wore No. 4 with Seahawks.
10 – Nate McMillan, Sonics
You can’t go wrong with Mr. Sonic, who wasn’t the flashiest of superstars but made a lasting impression on the city of Seattle on and off the court. As a player, he helped lead his team to the 1996 NBA Finals. As a coach, he took the Sonics to the playoffs in 2005.
HM: Sue Bird (Storm), Jeff Feagles (Seahawks), Charles Frederick (Husky Football), Spencer Hawes (Husky Basketball), Ray Horton (Husky Football), Freddie Ljungberg (Sounders FC), Jake Locker (Husky Football), Jim Zorn (Seahawks).
11 – Edgar Martinez, Mariners
A future Hall of Famer, Edgar emerges from what is arguably one of the greatest jersey numbers in Seattle sports history. The longtime DH is among the team leaders in a large majority of offensive categories.
HM: Mark Brunell (Husky Football), Jamie Redd (Husky Women’s Basketball), Detlef Schrempf (Sonics)*, Marques Tuiasosopo (Husky Football).
*Wore No. 22 with Husky Basketball team.
12 – The 12th Man, Seahawks
In spite of some worthy individuals who donned the dozen, no one has embraced No. 12 quite like the Seahawks fanbase. Even though many football teams refer to their fans as “The 12th Man,” no ballclub has embraced the slogan the way Seattle has. The Hawks have gone so far as to retire the number and battle a university for trademark rights.
HM: Tom Flick (Husky Football), Billy Joe Hobert (Husky Football), Mark Langston (Mariners), Omare Lowe (Husky Football), Patrick Marleau (Thunderbirds), Hugh Millen (Husky Football), Frank Oleynick (Seattle U. Basketball)*, Al Worley (Husky Football).
*Wore No. 44 with Sonics.
13 – Slick Watts, Sonics
The man who popularized the headband and spawned a Husky legend (son Donald), Watts proved that 13 could be lucky for some athletes.
HM: Jeff Bourne (Sounders), Steve Bramwell (Husky Football), Giuliana Mendiola (Husky Women’s Basketball), Chuck Nelson (Husky Football), Nate Robinson (Husky Football)*, Omar Vizquel (Mariners)^.
*Wore No. 2 with Husky Basketball team.
^Also wore No. 42 with Mariners.
14 – Tim Lincecum, Husky Baseball
Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award winner in 2006 (given annually to the nation’s best amateur baseball player), Lincecum is the only Husky baseball player to have his number retired by the program.
HM: Eric Bjornson (Husky Football), Rich Camarillo (Husky Football), Megan Franza (Husky Women’s Basketball), Karen Murray (Husky Women’s Basketball), Tom Paciorek (Mariners), Sam Perkins (Sonics), Lou Piniella (Mariners)*, Jerramy Stevens (Husky Football)^, Rick Tuten (Seahawks).
*Worn as manager of the Mariners.
^Wore No. 86 with Seahawks.
15 – Danielle Lawrie, Husky Softball
Softball’s National Collegiate Player of the Year in 2009, and the driving force behind Washington’s first and only National Championship in softball, Lawrie also gains notoriety for being a member of the Canadian Olympic team.
HM: Anthony Allen (Husky Football), John Anderson (Husky Football), Lauren Jackson (Storm), Bobby Jones (Husky Basketball), Louie Nelson (Husky Basketball), Bob Schloredt (Husky Football).
16 – Steve Pelluer, Husky Football
The winning quarterback of the 1982 Rose Bowl, Pelluer gets the acclaim at No. 16 over former Mariners third baseman (and current broadcaster) Mike Blowers.
HM: Mike Blowers (Mariners).
17 – Dave Krieg, Seahawks
The first quarterback in the history of the Seahawks to win a playoff game, Krieg is perhaps most recognized for his undying love of Rolling Rock beer (okay, so maybe that’s not his most notable trait).
HM: Glenn Abbott (Mariners), Chris Chandler (Husky Football), Sean Douglas (Husky Football), Fredy Montero (Sounders FC), Petr Nedved (Thunderbirds), Lester Towns (Husky Football).
18 – Jeff Jaeger, Husky Football
The former UW walk-on kicker from Kent-Meridian High School received All-American recognition in all four years on Montlake. In his freshman and sophomore seasons, Jaeger was an All-American Honorable Mention selection; as a junior, he worked his way up to Second Team All-America; and in his senior campaign he became a consensus First Team All-American.
HM: Kasey Keller (Sounders FC).
19 – Lenny Wilkens, Sonics
The only head coach to lead the Sonics to a World Championship title, Wilkens got his start in Seattle as the team’s point guard from 1968 to 1972. For three of those years, the future Hall of Famer pulled double duty as the player-coach.
HM: Frank Barton (Sounders), Jay Buhner (Mariners)*, Tom Greenlee (Husky Football).
*Also wore No. 43 with Mariners.
20 – Gary Payton, Sonics
The driving force of this team for nearly 13 seasons, The Glove spent his rookie campaign wearing a No. 2 jersey (thanks to the poisonous Quintin Dailey) before making the transition to double digits. Dressed in the two-oh, Payton went on to become one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.
HM: Curtis Allen (Husky Basketball), Paul Arnold (Husky Football), Calvin Jones (Husky Football), Greg Lewis (Husky Football), Eddie Miles (Seattle U. Basketball), Quincy Pondexter (Husky Basketball)*, J.J. Putz (Mariners), Lorenzo Romar (Husky Basketball).
*Also wore No. 24 with Husky Basketball team.
21 – Alvin Davis, Mariners
Nicknamed Mr. Mariner, Davis became the first player to enter the organization’s Hall of Fame after eight outstanding seasons with the club. A fan favorite during his tenure, Davis won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 1984.
HM: Joe Jarzynka (Husky Football), Derrick Johnson (Husky Football), Ken Lucas (Seahawks)*, Paul Moyer (Seahawks), Shane Pahukoa (Husky Football), Sanja Tomasevic (Husky Volleyball).
*Also wore No. 31 with Seahawks.
22 – Elgin Baylor, Seattle U. Basketball
A Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players in NBA History, Baylor first achieved national prominence while a member of the Seattle University basketball team in the 1950s. The 6′5″ forward led Seattle U. to the 1958 NCAA Championship game, where they succumbed to the powerhouse Kentucky Wildcats, led by coach Adolph Rupp.
HM: Dave Brown (Seahawks), Fred Coleman (Husky Football), Don Heinrich (Husky Football), Loree Payne (Husky Women’s Basketball), Kazuhiro Sasaki (Mariners), E.J. Savannah (Husky Football), Detlef Schrempf (Husky Basketball)*, Richie Zisk (Mariners).
*Wore No. 11 with Sonics.
23 – Jamal Crawford, Rainier Beach High School Basketball
A prodigious talent at Beach, and one of only a handful of prep players in the State of Washington to have his jersey retired by his high school, Crawford endured a short stint at the University of Michigan before transitioning to the NBA in 2000. Now an Atlanta Hawk, Crawford has been recognized as one of the league’s most prolific scorers during his 10-year career.
HM: Bruce Bochte (Mariners), Don Coryell (Husky Football), Nesby Glasgow (Husky Football)*, George Irvine (Husky Basketball), Hal Lee (Husky Basketball), Tino Martinez (Mariners)^, Doug McClary (Husky Basketball), Jennifer Spediacci (Husky Softball), Marcus Trufant (Seahawks), Anthony Vontoure (Husky Football).
*Wore No. 22 with Seahawks.
^Also wore No. 14 with Mariners.
24 – Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners
A no-doubt-abouter, Junior is the greatest athlete in the history of Seattle sports and will forever be synonymous with No. 24. A future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Griffey will undoubtedly head into Cooperstown as a Mariner and have his link to the Emerald City immortalized in bronze.
HM: Rich Alexis (Husky Football), Tom Chambers (Sonics), Spencer Haywood (Sonics), Fred Hutchinson (Rainiers)*, Dennis Johnson (Sonics), Jerome Pathon (Husky Football), Quincy Pondexter (Husky Basketball)^, Shawn Springs (Seahawks), Joe Steele (Husky Football), Donald Watts (Husky Basketball).
*Also wore No. 29 as manager of Rainiers.
^Also wore No. 20 with Husky Basketball team.
25 – Bob Houbregs, Husky Basketball
The first Husky basketball player to have his jersey retired by the school, Houbregs was the NCAA Player of the Year in 1953, as well as a consensus First Team All-American. In that same season, “Hooks” took the Huskies to the NCAA Final Four and was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging nearly 35 PPG in the postseason.
HM: Chris Bosio (Mariners)*, Doug Christie (Rainier Beach High School Basketball), Curtis Williams (Husky Football).
*Also wore No. 29 with Mariners.
26 – Russell Hairston, Husky Football
A defensive back at Washington from 1991 to 1994, Hairston became a Husky legend on a solitary play made during his senior season. Facing the vaunted University of Miami Hurricanes on the road in ‘94, Hairston picked off an errant Frank Costa pass and returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in a game the Huskies would go on to win, a game that is now better known as the “Whammy in Miami.”
HM: Ken Hamlin (Seahawks).
27 – John Johnson, Sonics
The first player ever to be dubbed a “point forward,” Johnson helped lead the Sonics to their first and only NBA title in 1979.
HM: Evan Benjamin (Husky Football), Diego Segui (Mariners)*, Willie Williams (Seahawks).
*Wore No. 21 with Seattle Pilots.
28 – Curt Warner, Seahawks
One of the most prolific used-car dealers in the great Northwest and one of the best running backs in Seahawks history, Warner was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his Seattle tenure and led the AFC in rushing during his rookie season of 1983.
HM: Joey Cora (Mariners), Raul Ibanez (Mariners)*, Jacque Robinson (Husky Football).
*Also wore Nos. 23, 26, and 38 with Mariners.
29 – Bret Boone, Mariners
The M’s second baseman from 1992 to 1993 (he wore No. 5 during his first go-round with the team), and again from 2001 to 2005, Boone made a triumphant return to the Emerald City for his second stint with the ballclub. A force in the middle of the lineup, Boone led the league in RBI in ‘01 (141), finished third in MVP voting that same year, won three Gold Gloves from ‘02-‘04, and made two All-Star squads (‘01 and ‘03).
HM: Adrian Beltre (Mariners)*, Chris Bosio (Mariners)^, Phil Bradley (Mariners), Beno Bryant (Husky Football), Fred Hutchinson (Seattle Rainiers)#.
*Also wore No. 5 with Mariners.
^Also wore No. 25 with Mariners.
#Worn as manager of Rainiers; also wore No. 24 as a player with Rainiers.
30 – Junior Coffey, Husky Football
One of the greatest fullbacks in Husky football history, Coffey is perhaps better known as a prep superstar who helped desegregate the game in the State of Texas.
HM: Bruno Boin (Husky Basketball), Rick Fenney (Husky Football), Kate Starbird (Reign).
31 – Jason Terry, Franklin High School Basketball
Another one of Seattle’s finest prep basketball players of all time, Terry led the Quakers to consecutive state championships in 1994 and 1995 before departing for the University of Arizona, and ultimately the NBA.
HM: Brent Barry (Sonics), Steve Broussard (Seahawks).
32 – Fred Brown, Sonics
One of the greatest players in Sonics history, “Downtown” Freddy Brown may very well have found himself in the Hall of Fame if he had played his entire career with the three-point line to increase his scoring totals.
HM: Hugh McElhenny (Husky Football), Ricky Watters (Seahawks), John L. Williams (Seahawks), Tom Workman (Seattle U. Basketball)*.
*Wore No. 32 for Seattle U. home games and No. 33 for road games.
33 – Steve Hawes, Husky Basketball
A 6′9″ center who averaged 13.1 rebounds per game over his collegiate career, Hawes was a two-time All-American that entered the Husky Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon leaving Montlake, Hawes embarked on a 12-year NBA career that, at one point, led him back to Seattle. As a Sonic, Hawes donned jersey No. 10, the same number his nephew, Spencer, would wear as a Husky more than two decades later.
HM: Dan Doornink (Seahawks), Patrick Ewing (Sonics), Hersey Hawkins (Sonics), Jawann Oldham (Seattle U. Basketball)*, George Wilson (Husky Football), Tom Workman (Seattle U. Basketball)^.
*Also wore No. 35 for Seattle U. Basketball.
^Wore No. 33 for road games and No. 32 for home games.
34 – Felix Hernandez, Mariners
If King Felix’s career were to end today, we might be more apt to hand this selection over to Xavier McDaniel or Ray Allen. But with respect to what Hernandez has done so far, and with a nod towards the future, we salute the Mariners ace as the one who ultimately will be the greatest No. 34 in Seattle sports history.
HM: Ray Allen (Sonics), Ray Frankowski (Husky Football), Freddy Garcia (Mariners), Franco Harris (Seahawks), Xavier McDaniel (Sonics).
35 – Kevin Durant, Sonics
Even though he only played one season in Seattle, Durant would go on to win the 2007-2008 NBA Rookie of the Year award and average over 20 points per game.
HM: Rickey Henderson (Mariners), Jawann Oldham (Seattle U. Basketball)*, Chris Osgood (Thunderbirds), Dick Ottele (Husky Football), Paul Silas (Sonics)^.
*Also wore No. 33 with Seattle U. Basketball.
^Also wore No. 36 with Sonics.
36 – Gaylord Perry, Mariners
It takes a hell of an athletic career to overcome a name like Gaylord. Perry did it rather nicely and ended up winning his 300th game as a Mariner in 1982.
HM: Don McKeta (Husky Football), Paul Silas (Sonics)*.
*Also wore No. 35 with Sonics.
37 – Shaun Alexander, Seahawks
Though he departed Seattle under less than ideal circumstances, Alexander remains the greatest running back in the history of the Seahawks franchise. His MVP campaign of 2005, a year in which he set the record for most touchdowns in a season (since surpassed by LaDainian Tomlinson), all but sealed his fate as one of this city’s living legends.
HM: Bill Caudill (Mariners), Norm Charlton (Mariners).
38 – Mack Strong, Seahawks
One of the longest tenured Seahawks of all time, Strong enjoyed 15 solid seasons in a Seattle uniform. A two-time Pro Bowler, the fullback received All-Pro honors in 2005.
HM: Charlie Browning (Husky Football), Mark Stewart (Husky Football).
39 – Dick Sprague, Husky Football
A fleet-footed defensive back that won letters in two other sports at Washington (track and basketball), Sprague received All-America honors in his sophomore season of 1950.
HM: Chico Fraley (Husky Football), Erik Hanson (Mariners).
40 – Shawn Kemp, Sonics
The Reign Man was a force to be reckoned with during the Sonics’ up years in the mid-’90s. His rapid decline after leaving Seattle only punctuated how great his Emerald City career truly was.
HM: Jon Brockman (Husky Basketball), Mason Foster (Husky Football), Jeff Nelson (Mariners)*, Rhonda Smith (Husky Women’s Basketball, Reign), Christian Welp (Husky Basketball).
*Also wore No. 43 with Mariners.
41 – Eugene Robinson, Seahawks
Long before he was soliciting prostitutes the night before the Super Bowl, Robinson was a Pro Bowl safety for the Hawks, earning the All-Star nod twice in his 11-year Seattle career (1992 and 1993).
HM: Ben Mahdavi (Husky Football), Phil Zevenbergen (Husky Basketball).
42 – Chris Warren, Seahawks
A three-time Pro Bowler with the Hawks in the early-’90s (1993-1995), Warren’s 6,706 career rushing yards for Seattle rank No. 2 on the team’s all-time career rushing yardage list (behind Shaun Alexander).
HM: Vin Baker (Sonics), James Edwards (Husky Basketball), Dave Henderson (Mariners), Mike Jensen (Husky Basketball).
43 – Jack Sikma, Sonics
Selected eighth overall by the team in the 1977 NBA Draft, Sikma would earn his first of seven All-Star selections in 1979, the same year he helped the Sonics win the championship.
HM: Jeff Nelson (Mariners)*.
*Also wore No. 40 with Mariners.
44 – Clint Richardson Jr., Seattle U. Basketball
As a member of the Seattle U. basketball team from 1975-1979, Richardson became the first player in school history to lead the club in scoring for four straight seasons. After college, the 6′3″ guard embarked on an eight-year NBA career, winning a championship ring in 1983 with the Philadelphia 76ers.
HM: Mike Cameron (Mariners), David Thompson (Sonics).
45 – Kenny Easley, Seahawks
One of the greatest safeties in NFL history, Easley dominated in the Seattle secondary for seven seasons (1981-1987) before being forced into an early retirement due to severe kidney disease. A four-time First Team All-Pro selection, the 1984 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s, Easley was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2002.
HM: Mike Hayward (Husky Basketball), Ron Medved (Husky Football), Bob Rule (Sonics), Doug Smart (Husky Basketball).
46 – Jason Chorak, Husky Football
A Second Team All-American in 1996, Chorak set a Washington single-season record with 14.5 sacks in that same season and also took home the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award. He would finish his Husky career in 1997 with 25.5 career sacks and a school-record 59.5 tackles for loss.
47 – Pat Conniff, Husky Football
Flip a coin between Conniff and his only competition at this number, former Husky defensive end Jamal Fountaine. We give the edge to Conniff, who played all four years at Washington to Fountaine’s two.
HM: Jamal Fountaine (Husky Football).
48 – Donald Jones, Husky Football
A terror at inside linebacker for the Huskies, Jones won All-Pac-10 honors in Washington’s National Championship season of 1991.
HM: Keith Simpson (Seahawks).
49 – Steve Springstead, Husky Football
A reserve on the ‘91 National Championship team, Springstead would become a starting linebacker for Jim Lambright’s Huskies by 1993.
50 – Jamie Moyer, Mariners
The franchise leader in victories, the soft-tossing lefty made his career with the Mariners starting in 1996...when he was already 33 years of age.
HM: Todd MacCulloch (Husky Basketball), Ray Mansfield (Husky Football).
51 – Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
An All-Star and Gold Glove award winner in all nine of his major league seasons, Ichiro is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer and arguably one of the greatest baseball players of all time, let alone one of the greatest Mariners.
HM: Randy Johnson (Mariners), Reggie Rogers (Husky Football, Husky Basketball), Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks).
52 – Kevin Mawae, Seahawks
An eight-time Pro Bowl selection with the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, Mawae got his NFL start with the Seahawks as the team’s second-round draft pick in 1994. In his first season, Mawae was a First Team All-Rookie selection at right guard.
53 – Arnie Weinmeister, Husky Football
An all-around athlete, Weinmeister started games at defensive end, tackle, and fullback for the Huskies during his abbreviated three-year career at Washington (he played in 1942, ‘46, and ‘47, with a stint in the military from ‘43-’45). A State of Washington Hall of Fame inductee in 1970, Weinmeister would eventually go on to be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite maintaining only a six-year professional playing career.
HM: David Aardsma (Mariners), Willie Horton (Mariners), Arthur Rhodes (Mariners).
54 – Dave Hoffmann, Husky Football
A two-time All-American at linebacker for the Dawgs, Hoffmann was a key member of the 1991 National Championship squad as a junior. The following season, Hoffmann earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors before embarking on a short-lived career in the NFL. These days, Hoffmann is more likely to be found tackling criminals and terrorists as an agent for the CIA.
HM: Ink Aleaga (Husky Football), Horace Grant (Sonics), Chris Wilcox (Sonics).
55 – Roy McKasson, Husky Football
An All-American in his sophomore and junior seasons of 1959 and 1960, McKasson was the starting center on the Huskies’ Rose Bowl Championship squads in ‘60 and ‘61.
HM: Brian Bosworth (Seahawks), Michael Jackson (Seahawks)*.
*Wore No. 5 with Husky Football.
56 – Jim Bouton, Seattle Pilots
Though Bouton only played three-quarters of a season for a Seattle ballclub that only lasted a year, he helped put the Emerald City on the pro sports radar with his controversial book Ball Four. A diary of sorts that detailed Bouton’s travails through the 1969 season, his connection with the Pacific Northwest helped Seattle become a legitimate sports town in the years following publication.
HM: Leroy Hill (Seahawks), Manase Hopoi (Husky Football).
57 – Tony Woods, Seahawks
A linebacker who enjoyed six seasons with the Hawks (1987-1992), Woods was a slightly above average player who earns this selection by default. Congratulations, Tony. You’re re-famous.
58 – Blair Bush, Husky Football
A Second Team All-America selection as a senior in 1977, Bush was the center on the Huskies’ squad that beat Michigan in the ‘77 Rose Bowl. In 1978, Bush would become just the third Husky player to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when he was taken 16th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. Bush would ultimately play six of 17 pro seasons in Seattle, where he donned No. 59 for the Seahawks.
HM: Isaiah Kacyvenski (Seahawks), Stafford Mays (Husky Football), Jeff Pahukoa (Husky Football), Bruce Scholtz (Seahawks).
59 – Ray Pinney, Husky Football
An All-Pac-8 selection on the offensive line, Pinney is perhaps better known for his career in the NFL, where he won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
HM: Blair Bush (Seahawks)*, Ron Hadley (Husky Football), Julian Peterson (Seahawks)^.
*Wore No. 58 with Husky Football team.
^Also wore No. 98 with Seahawks.
60 – Bern Brostek, Husky Football
A powerful offensive lineman in the late-’80s for the Dawgs, Brostek was a first-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
61 – Robbie Tobeck, Seahawks
The quarterback on the offensive line for seven seasons, Tobeck was the team’s starting center in Super Bowl XL.
62 – Chris Gray, Seahawks
One of the longer-tenured Seahawks of all time, Gray enjoyed 11 seasons in Seattle as the team’s right guard.
63 – Jeff Toews, Husky Football
A three-year starter at tackle for the Dawgs (1976-1978), Toews became a second-round pick by Miami in the 1979 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons with the Dolphins.
HM: Norm Dicks (Husky Football).
64 – Kyle Benn, Husky Football
The team’s starting center for three seasons (1999-2001), Benn earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior. That same year, he helped the Huskies to a Rose Bowl victory and served as a team captain.
65 – Vic Markov, Husky Football
A standout offensive and defensive lineman for the Dawgs in the mid-1930s, Markov was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976.
HM: Khalif Barnes (Husky Football), Fletcher Jenkins (Husky Football).
66 – Rick Redman, Husky Football
A two-time All-American at linebacker (1963, 1964) who moonlighted as a guard, Redman was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
HM: Andy Heck (Seahawks), Charles Jackson (Husky Football), Pete Kendall (Seahawks), Paul Schwegler (Husky Football), Max Starcevich (Husky Football), Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (Husky Football).
67 – Bill Smith, Husky Football
A defensive end who won All-American honors in his senior season of 1933, Smith was also the first Husky to appear in the East-West Shrine Game. He earned that distinction in the inaugural battle of college seniors in early 1934.
HM: Nick Newton (Husky Football).
68 – Elliott Silvers, Husky Football
A three-year starter at offensive tackle for the Dawgs, Silvers was selected in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
HM: Garth Thomas (Husky Football).
69 -Kurth Connell, Husky Football
A starter at guard in the 2001 Rose Bowl win over Purdue, Connell also lettered in track at Washington.
HM: Floyd Wedderburn (Seahawks).
70 – Michael Sinclair, Seahawks
A fixture at defensive end for 11 seasons with the Seahawks, Sinclair led the NFL in sacks in 1998 with 16.5.
HM: Rudy Mucha (Husky Football), Larry Tripplett (Husky Football).
71 – Walter Jones, Seahawks
Arguably the greatest offensive lineman in the history of pro football, should Big Walt suit up for the Hawks in 2010, it will be his 14th season with the ballclub.
HM: Chad Ward (Husky Football).
72 – Joe Nash, Seahawks
The longest-tenured Seahawk in team history, Nash spent 15 seasons in Seattle as a defensive tackle.
HM: Kevin Gogan (Husky Football), Bob Sapp (Husky Football).
73 – Doug Martin, Husky Football
A member of the Huskies’ 1978 Rose Bowl championship team, Martin, a defensive tackle, was selected ninth overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1980 NFL Draft.
HM: Mac Bledsoe (Husky Football), Norm Evans (Seahawks), Ray Roberts (Seahawks).
74 – Manu Tuiasosopo, Seahawks
A first-round pick by the Hawks in 1979, Manu was a defensive lineman who is perhaps better known as the patriarch of one of Seattle’s most famous sports families.
HM: Todd Weiner (Seahawks), Ray Willis (Seahawks).
75 – Lincoln Kennedy, Husky Football
A mammoth offensive tackle on the Huskies’ 1991 National Championship team, Kennedy was the ninth overall selection in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He would go on to enjoy 11 full seasons in the NFL with the Falcons and Oakland Raiders.
HM: D’Marco Farr (Husky Football), Mike Zandofsky (Husky Football).
76 – Steve Hutchinson, Seahawks
The greatest left guard of the current playing era, Hutch’s final game with the Hawks came in Super Bowl XL. Only a poison pill could keep him from returning to the team the following season.
HM: Benji Olson (Husky Football).
77 – Jeff Bryant, Seahawks
The sixth overall selection in the 1982 NFL Draft, Bryant manned the defensive end position for 12 professional seasons, all with the Seahawks.
HM: Olin Kreutz (Husky Football), George Strugar (Husky Football), Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack (Seahawks).
78 – Curt Marsh, Husky Football
A Third Team All-American during his senior season of 1980, Marsh was a first-round selection by the Oakland Raiders in 1981 before a litany of injuries derailed his career before the decade was complete.
HM: Mac Tuiaea (Husky Football).
79 – Jacob Green, Seahawks
A member of the team’s Ring of Honor, Green lined up at defensive end for the Seahawks from 1980 through 1992 and still holds the team record for sacks in a career (97.5). Amazingly, sacks were not even recorded as an official statistic until Green’s third pro season.
HM: Dennis Brown (Husky Football), Ed Cunningham (Husky Football).
80 – Steve Largent, Seahawks
One of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the game and the greatest Seahawk in franchise history, Largent is rivaled by very few players on this entire list and in the city of Seattle.
HM: Dane Looker (Husky Football), Jerry Rice (Seahawks).
81 – Daryl Turner, Seahawks
Holder of the records for most receiving touchdowns in a single season (13, set in 1985), most receiving touchdowns by a rookie (10, set in 1984), and highest average yards per catch in a career (18.53), Turner is among the best receivers in Seahawks history.
HM: Nate Burleson (Seahawks).
82 – Darrell Jackson, Seahawks
A solid if not spectacular wideout, Jackson starred as the team’s primary receiver for the better part of seven seasons, amassing 6,445 receiving yards and 47 touchdown catches along the way.
HM: Ernie Conwell (Husky Football), Paul Skansi (Seahawks)*.
*Wore No. 7 with Husky Football team.
83 – Steve Raible, Seahawks
With surprisingly little competition at this seemingly popular jersey number, Raible goes down as the best broadcaster and the clear-cut favorite for Best No. 83 in Seattle Sports History. Back before he called Seahawks games and read the news, he was a decent backup wideout. For real.
84 – Bobby Engram, Seahawks
One of the most reliable pass catchers in team history, Engram made his career as a sure-handed slot receiver with the Seahawks, spending eight seasons (2001-2008) with the club.
HM: Todd Elstrom (Husky Football), Joey Galloway (Seahawks), Rod Jones (Husky Football), Aaron Pierce (Husky Football).
85 – Mark Bruener, Husky Football
Amidst a lineup of great tight ends who have passed through Husky Stadium over the years, Bruener is arguably the greatest. Upon graduating from the program following the 1994 season, Bruener enjoyed a 14-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans.
HM: Cam Cleeland (Husky Football).
86 – Scott Greenwood, Husky Football
The starting tight end on the 1978 Rose Bowl championship team, Greenwood’s memory lives on in the form of an annual post-graduate scholarship awarded to individuals who excel in academics, athletics, and community service. Greenwood succumbed to cancer in 1992.
HM: Jerramy Stevens (Seahawks)*, Mike Tice (Seahawks).
*Wore No. 14 with Husky Football team.
87 – John Brady, Husky Football
Yet another of the Huskies’ slew of tight ends from over the years, Brady was a third-round pick by the Detroit Lions (back when they weren’t horrible) in the 1973 NFL Draft.
HM: Kevin Ware (Husky Football).
88 – Itula Mili, Seahawks
A starter and solid contributor at tight end, Mili spent 10 seasons with the Seahawks after being selected by the team in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
HM: Marquis Cooper (Husky Football).
89 – Brian Blades, Seahawks
An All-Pro wideout who played all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Seahawks, Blades compiled 7,620 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns in his Seattle career.
HM: John Carlson (Seahawks), Chris Juergens (Husky Football).
90 – Steve Emtman, Husky Football
An unheralded recruit out of Cheney High School (remember, everyone...Steve Emtman was a two-star!), Emtman was the driving force behind Washington’s 1991 National Championship team as a junior.
After winning the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award, the Bill Willis Award, the UPI Lineman of the Year Award, the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award, being named a consensus First Team All-American, and finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, Emtman chose to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. He was selected first overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 1992.
HM: Kai Ellis (Husky Football), Ron Holmes (Husky Football), Dave Williams (Husky Football).
91 – Brian Habib, Husky Football
A defensive lineman for the mid-’80s Huskies, Habib converted to the offensive line in the NFL and later played two seasons with the Seahawks (1998 and 1999, where he wore No. 68).
HM: Steve Hoffman (Husky Football), Scott Phillips (Husky Football).
92 – Dave Wyman, Seahawks
The team’s second-round pick in the 1987 draft, Wyman became a starter at linebacker for the Seahawks and enjoyed six solid seasons with the club.
HM: Lamar King (Seahawks).
93 – John Randle, Seahawks
A Hall of Fame defensive tackle who made his name with the Minnesota Vikings, Randle played three solid seasons at the end of his career in a Seahawk uniform (2001-2003).
HM: Steve Alvord (Husky Football), Robert “Spider” Gaines (Husky Football).
94 – Chad Brown, Seahawks
An All-Pro linebacker who played eight seasons in Seattle, Brown earned two of three career Pro Bowl selections while with the Seahawks (1998 and 1999).
HM: Bryce Fisher (Seahawks).
95 – Jabari Issa, Husky Football
A massive nose tackle who stood 6′6″ and weighed in at 285 pounds, Issa’s claim to fame resides in his being named to the 1999 Playboy All-America Team. Really.
HM: Jim Lambright (Husky Football)*.
*Also wore No. 31 with Husky Football team.
96 – Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks
An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time First Team All-Pro winner, a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team, and the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, ‘Tez was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2006. A year later, he was chosen by Sports Illustrated as the best athlete EVER to don jersey No. 96.
HM: Grant Wistrom (Seahawks).
97 – Patrick Kerney, Seahawks
A pass-rush extraordinaire as a defensive end, Kerney led the NFC in sacks with the Hawks in 2007 (14.5). That same year, he was named a First Team All-Pro and made his second career Pro Bowl appearance.
HM: Rufus Porter (Seahawks).
98 – Sam Adams, Seahawks
The eighth overall selection in the 1994 NFL Draft, Adams began his career with six seasons (1994-1999) as a Seattle Seahawk. In 1997, he was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.
HM: Julian Peterson (Seahawks)*.
*Also wore No. 59 with Seahawks.
99 – Terry “Tank” Johnson, Husky Football
The team’s Lineman of the Year and a Second Team All-Pac-10 selection in his senior season of 2003, Tank was more than just an imposing presence on the Huskies’ defensive line. The future NFL player was also a standout volleyballer who drew college recruiting interest coming out of Chandler, Arizona’s McClintock High School.
HM: Rocky Bernard (Seahawks), Robin Earl (Husky Football), Michael McCrary (Seahawks).
A special thank you to Seattle University Basketball historian Steven Fantello for his help in compiling this list.
*The full context of this article, with pictures, can be found at SeattleSportsnet.com .
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