Unlike their counterpart expansion team, the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle had some guys who could play. Of particular note was Jim Zorn. Not only was he a wily, strong armed, accurate passer, he had a mojo that made him truly a team leader in the eyes of his teammates.
I never got a chance to see them live or on TV, only on NFL highlights. Say what you will about the NFL but everyone has to admit NFL Films rocks.
There's a simpatico QBs tend to have with certain receivers. It's either there or it isn't. What is odd is how alike Steve Largent and Jim Zorn are as people.
It's hard to imagine a more different set of opposite numbers than the Ken Stabler/Fred Biletnikoff connection in Oakland.
Freddy B was a serious shitkicker type with the Raiders though he did not come into the league that way. That was a gradual process as the Raider mystique morphed him from a clean cut 1960's Florida State man to a 1970's freewheeler as he, and fellow shitkicker from the south, Ken Stabler, raised hell off the field while Zorn and Largent were tucking their kids in to bed.
It may be true that we are all products of our environment. Thanks to Freddy, and Snake and Tooz, we know what it was like to be an Oakland Raider and what forces may change the individual once he is part of the team but what does that say about the Seahakws image in those early days?
Milk and cookies vs. whiskey and beef jerky.
Men of religion vs. men of...whatever the #@&!
Both sets of men were perfect for their respective teams and perfect for each other as teammates.
There are some amazing highlights lost to time in the NFL films archive. Having lived through it as a kid, I am still amazed these teams developed the way they did and fate brought them together for some great games in the 70's.