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A Dozen Seattle Seahawks Players You May Not Remember

Filed under: Do You Remember — by Mark on January 4, 2015

Most fans know the top names, all time greats, and even the fan favorites who have played on their favorite team. There are players that we forget about, even ones with recognizable names, because they didn’t spend very much time with the team. Some players come to a team early in their career, some end their careers with a team, and some just briefly stop by on their way to another team. The Seahawks have some great fans and here is a look at a dozen players who played for them who you may not remember.

Gino Toretta

1992 saw Gino Toretta win the Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback for the University of Miami. He was drafted into the NFL by the Minnesota Vikings. He would spend time on the rosters of the 49ers and the Lions, as well as spend time playing in NFL Europe. 1996 saw him get his only NFL action ever when he came off the bench, threw a touchdown pass to Joey Galloway, and helped lead the Seattle Seahawks to a win over the Raiders. Two years later he retired from the NFL.

Peter Warrick

Peter Warrick was a two time consensus All-American receiver at Florida State University before being the 4th overall player taken in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Bengals. After five seasons in Cincinnati, Warrick played the 2005 season with the Seahawks, catching 11 passes, in his last year in the NFL.

John Spagnola

John Spagnola had a standout career at Yale before going on to have a 10 year NFL career. He played eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before moving on to play the 1988 season with the Seahawks. After one more year playing for the Packers, Spagnola’s NFL career ended.

Franco Harris

Franco Harris had a Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning four Super Bowl rings in the process. After a dozen years, he spent the final season of his NFL career with the Seahawks in 1984.

Lyle Blackwood

Lyle Blackwood is known for his awesome stretch of playing with the Colts, where he led the NFL in interceptions in 1977, and Dolphins. He started his career though with three seasons with the Bengals before playing the 1976 season with the Seahawks in their first year in the league.

Edgerrin James

Edgerrin James ran for over 12,000 yards in 10 seasons playing for both the Colts and the Cardinals from 1999 to 2008. He spent the final season of his career with the Seahawks in 2009.

Lawrence McCutcheon

Lawrence McCutcheon starred for the Rams in the 1970s, making the Pro Bowl five times and topping the 1,000 yard rushing mark four times. In 1980, he spent half a season with the Seahawks in what was his second to last year in the NFL.

Jeff Kemp

Jeff Kemp is famous for a couple of reasons. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, going 16-12-1 as a starter. He began his career with the Rams and then played one seasons with the 49ers before then playing four and a half seasons with the Seahawks. After a final half year with the Eagles, his NFL career was over. Jeff Kemp is also known for being the son of former AFL quarterback and longtime U.S. Representative Jack Kemp.

Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice is one of the most recognizable names in NFL history and is thought by some to be the best overall player who ever played in the league. After 16 seasons with the 49ers and another four and a half with the Raiders, he played the last partial season of his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

T.J. Houshmandzadeh led the NFL with 112 receptions while playing for the Bengals in 2007. After eight seasons in the NFL, he played the 2009 season with the Seahawks. He spent the next two seasons with the Ravens and Raiders before calling it a career.

Cullen Bryant

Cullen Bryant was a contributing member of some great Rams teams in the mid to late 1970s and early 1980s. After 10 seasons in Los Angeles, he came to the Seahawks for two seasons in 1983 and 1984. He returned to the Rams for a partial season in 1987.

Harold Jackson

Harold Jackson played 15 years in the NFL from 1968 to 1982, racking up over 10,000 receiving yards in the process and being named to the Pro Bowl five times. He led the league in receiving yards twice with the Eagles, first in 1969 and then again in 1972. After that, he played his 16th and final season of his career with the Seahawks in 1983.

10 Fun Facts About Former Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on January 2, 2015

Dennis Allen became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2012. He lost his job just four games into his third season in 2014. He flew a bit under the radar because he wasn’t dismissed at the end of the season like EVERYONE else, and we may have saved him for last, but we didn’t forget about him. Check out:

10 Fun Facts About Dennis Allen

Nice Job, Dad!

1. Dennis Allen’s father Grady Allen played linebacker at Texas A&M and later the Atlanta Falcons.

Alumni Party

2. Dennis Allen attended L.D. Bell High School in Texas. Other notable names to come out of there include NFL kicker Cary Blanchard, NFL quarterback Tommy Maddox, and NFL safety Eric Vance.

Missed It By That Much

3. After graduating from Texas A&M, Dennis Allen was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills. He went to training camp but did not make the roster.

Where It All Began

4. Dennis Allen’s first coaching job was as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M under R.C. Slocum.

Against His New Team

5. In Dennis Allen’s one season as defensive coordinator of the Broncos in 2011, the season before joining the Raiders as the head coach, Denver would go 1-1 against Oakland.

Past Employers

6. Prior to being named head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Allen had served as an assistant coach under five different NFL head coaches: Dan Reeves, Wade Phillips, Sean Payton, Jim Mora, and John Fox.

17 Before Him

7. Dennis Allen was the 18th head coach in the history of the Oakland Raiders.

A Great Start!

8. The most points the Raiders scored in one game with Dennis Allen as head coach was the 34 points they put up in a win over the Steelers on September 23, 2012. This was also Allen’s first win in the NFL as a head coach.

Quarterback Lover

9. In two seasons plus four games to start a third year as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Allen used five different starting quarterbacks: Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin, Matt Flynn, and Derek Carr.

Throwing The Challenge Flag

10. In his time with the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Allen threw the red flag out to challenge a play 11 times. This resulted in him being right seven times and the call on the field being upheld four times.

Did You Miss?

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10 Fun Facts About Former New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on January 1, 2015

Next in our series of fun facts on the most recently fired NFL head coaches is the man who wore the green and white hat of the New York Jets. Rex Ryan was a headline grabber during his six seasons as head coach of the New York Jets. His run at the top job ended following the 2014 NFL season. We won’t let him just go away unnoticed, we owe him one. Check out:

10 Fun Facts About Rex Ryan

Happy Birthday, Rex

1. Rex Ryan was born on December 13, 1962. Other notable people born on December 13th like him include Abraham Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln, actor Van Heflin, boxer Archie Moore, United States Secretary of State George Shultz, baseball player Larry Doby, actor Dick Van Dyke, actor Christopher Plummer, baseball player Ferguson Jenkins, businessman-politician Herman Cain, guitarist Ted Nugent, professional wrestler Junkyard Dog, economist Ben Bernanke, baseball player Dale Berra, actor Steve Buscemi, actor Jamie Foxx, sportscaster Mike Tirico, football coach Bo Pelini, UFC fighter B.J. Penn, and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

North of the Border

2. Rex Ryan’s parents divorced when he was young and he and his twin brother Rob spent much of their youth growing up in Canada where their mother had settled.

Playing Days

3. Rex Ryan played defensive end at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1986. The defensive lineman on the other end of that defensive line was his twin brother Rob.

Where It All Started

4. Rex Ryan’s first coaching job was in 1986 as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky University.

An Early Award

5. 2006 saw Rex Ryan named the Assistant Coach of the Year in the NFL by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers Association.

The Man And His Quarterbacks

6. The New York Jets had five different starting quarterbacks during Rex Ryan’s six year career as the team’s head coach: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Greg McElroy, Geno Smith, and Michael Vick.

A Patriots Fan?

7. In the 2012 Adam Sandler film That’s My Boy, Rex Ryan made a cameo appearance as a fan of the New England Patriots.

Ahh… The Hall of Fame

8. 2011 saw Rex Ryan be inducted into the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame.

Just Under .500

9. Rex Ryan challenged 49 plays during his time as Jets head coach. 23 were overturned and 26 were upheld by the replay officials.

1st Place to 11th Place

10. During his six year run as New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan’s team defense ranked as high as number one and as low as 11th in the entire NFL.

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