As the Seahawks celebrate their 40th season, we count down our top 40 Seahawks in franchise history. Here are players 20 through 11. The top 10 will be revealed Sunday.
One milestone the Seahawks could finally do in their 40th season is move over .500 for the regular season.
Seattle lost the first five games it ever played and has been fighting an uphill battle ever since.
It’s a climb the Seahawks almost completed last year, moving two games below .500. And with a 4-4 record this year, the Seahawks stand at 309-311 in their history.
Seattle, though, was briefly .500 in all games last year (regular season and playoffs) after beating Green Bay in the NFC Championship game, before … well, you know.
But there’s nothing .500 about those who make up our list of the top 40 players in Seahawks history.
Here is the third in a four-day series, with with players 11 through 20. The top 10 will be revealed Sunday.
20. Marcus Trufant
Years as Seahawk: 2003-12
Why he’s on this list: He may have only made one Pro Bowl, but was a solidifying force in the secondary throughout the Mike Holmgren era and then a veteran presence at the birth of the Legion of Boom.
Key stat: His 21 interceptions are sixth in team history.
Where he is now: Trufant, 34, lives in Tacoma. He works in radio and in a variety of other businesses.
19. Jim Zorn
Years as Seahawk: 1976-84.
Why he’s on this list: He’s the Seahawks’ first quarterback, though some might look at his numbers — such as a 107-133 touchdown-to-interception ratio during his Seattle career — and wonder why he’s this high. But you had to be there as his hair-on-fire, never-know-what-might-happen-next style epitomized the Jack Patera era and the 9-7 seasons of 1978-79. He was at the controls at the creation of Seahawks mania in Seattle.
Key stat: Zorn and Matt Hasselbeck are the only QBs in team history to throw for 300 or more yards in consecutive games (Hasselbeck did it six times, Zorn twice).
Where he is now: After a lengthy coaching career, Zorn, 62, is living in the Seattle area.
18. Jeff Bryant
Position: Defensive end
Years as Seahawk: 1982-93.
Why he’s on this list: Served as the defensive-end book end on the right side to Jacob Green throughout the Chuck Knox era. Third in team history in sacks with 63\ and second in yards lost due to sacks with 469.
Key stat: His 14.5 sacks for the 12-4 team of 1984 remains tied for the third-most in team history.
Where he is now: Bryant, 55, is retired and living in Decatur, Ga.
17. Eugene Robinson
Position: Free safety
Years as Seahawk: 1985-95
Why he’s on this list: Along with Krieg, one of the team’s first successes in turning an undrafted free agent into a star. Made 984 tackles, most in team history, and 42 interceptions, second behind Brown.
Key stat: Led NFL with nine interceptions in 1993, and no Seahawk has had more in a season since
Where he is now: Robinson, 52, is a radio analyst for the Carolina Panthers.
16. Dave Brown
Years as Seahawk: 1976-86
Why he’s on this list: This original Seahawk would have fit right in with the Legion of Boom, picking off 50 passes in his career. That’s eight more than than anyone else in team history.
Key stat: His five interception returns for a touchdown remains a team record.
Where he is now: Brown died of a heart attack at age 52 in 2006.
15. Curt Warner
Position: Running back
Years as Seahawk: 1983-89
Why he’s on this list: The first great tailback in team history and the centerpiece of the Ground Chuck offense, with four 1,000-yard seasons from 1983-88. He overcame a brutal knee injury in 1984.
Key stat: Had 1,449 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns in 1983 as a rookie, a first-year debut season as good as any in team history.
Where he is now: After owning a Chevrolet dealership in Vancouver for more than a decade, Warner, 54, now works as a motivational speaker.
14. Dave Krieg
Years as Seahawk: 1980-91.
Why he’s on this list: No Seattle QB has thrown more touchdown passes than Krieg. His 195 career TD passes are the most for a Seahawk, as are 32 in the 1984 season. Hard to believe he was he primary QB of the Ground Chuck era.
Key stat: Threw TD passes in 28 straight games (1983-1985). Next on the list is Russell Wilson, with 14 straight (2013-2014).
Where he is now: Krieg, 57, lives in the Phoenix area.
13. Joe Nash
Position: Defensive/nose tackle
Years as Seahawk: 1982-96.
Why he’s on this list: Quiet, dependable centerpiece of some of the greatest defenses in team history. H played more seasons (15) and in more games (218) than anyone in Hawks history.
Key stat: His 779 tackles the third-most in Seattle history.
Where he is now: Nash, 55, works in banking in the Boston area.
12. Jacob Green
Position: Defensive end.
Years as Seahawk: 1980-91.
Why he is on this list: The first great sack artist in team history, he holds the team career record with 116, as well as forced fumbles with 28.
Key stat: From 1982, when the NFL first started recognizing sacks, until his retirement in 1992, Green had the third-most sacks in the league, trailing only Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Reggie White.
Where he is now: Green, 58, has been instrumental in raising money for cancer research with his Jacob Green Charity Golf Classic, which raised over $1 million for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
11. Shaun Alexander
Position: Running back
Years as Seahawk: 2000-07.
Why he’s on this list: Should Alexander be higher? You could probably make a case for it. He holds team records that may never be surpasses — consider that his 9,429 rushing yards are far ahead of No. 2 Chris Warren’s 6,706. But Alexander also benefitted from Hasselbeck and the best offensive line in team history blocking for him.
Key stat: He scored exactly 100 rushing touchdowns as a Seahawk (Marshawn Lynch and Curt Warner are next with 55 each.
Where he is now: Alexander, 38, is raising his family in Great Falls, Va., and also travels around the country on speaking engagements.
Where he is now: Alexander, 38, is raising his family in Great Falls, Va., and also travels around the country on speaking engagements
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