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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.

Pete Carroll Fun Facts – Infographic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on November 8, 2014


Five Fun Facts About Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith Of The Seahawks

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on February 10, 2014

Malcolm Smith was somewhat of a surprise name for many when he was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII when the Seattle Seahawks decidedly defeated the Denver Broncos. Here is a look at five fun facts about Malcolm Smith.

For A 10 Yard Loss Too!

The first NFL player Malcolm Smith tackled in the NFL was Ted Ginn Jr. of the 49ers. It came on a punt return in the second quarter of a Seattle loss.

Jersey Numbers

Malcolm Smith wears jersey number 53 for the Seahawks in the NFL. He wore jersey number six while playing college football at USC.

30? Seriously, 30?

Malcolm Smith was the 31st linebacker taken in the 2011 NFL Draft, when he was picked in the seventh round. He was even the second linebacker drafted that year by Seattle who had also taken K.J. Wright in the fourth round.

Timing Is Everything

Malcolm Smith had zero interceptions in the first 43 games of his NFL career. He then had four in a string of five games, including the final two games of the 2013 regular season, followed by one in the NFC Championship Game victory over the 49ers, and then of course one in Seattle’s Super Bowl win over the Broncos.

The Third Ever!

Malcolm Smith was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII when the Seahawks defeated the Broncos. He was just the third linebacker ever to win the award. The first two were Chuck Howley of the Cowboys in Super Bowl V and Ray Lewis of the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.


Malcolm Smith Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl MVP Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on February 6, 2014


Five Fun Facts About Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on February 2, 2014

Pete Carroll is one of the more widely respected coaches in the NFL. He has always been able to get players to play above their abilities and whether leading the Seahawks to the Super Bowl or winning national championships as the head coach of college football’s USC Trojans, he’s gotten great results. He got his start in the league with one season as the Jets coach in 1994, followed by three seasons with the Patriots from 1997 to 1999. He then came to Seattle in 2010. Here are five fun facts about this great football coach

First Wins

Pete Carroll’s first win as a head coach in the NFL came in his very first game when he led the Jets to a 23-3 victory over the Bills on September 4, 1994. His first win as head coach of the Seahawks also came in his first game with the team, this time defeating the 49ers 31-6 on September 12, 2010.

What’s Record Have To Do With It?

Pete Carroll led the Seahawks to the playoffs in 2010 when his team posted a win-loss record of 7-9. This marked the first time an NFL team had qualified for the postseason with a losing record.

College Jobs

Prior to coaching the Seahawks, Pete Carroll had compiled extensive experience as a coach in the college ranks. In addition to being head coach at USC, he’s also been an assistant coach at Pacific, Arkansas, Iowa State, Ohio State, and NC State.

He Called Them “Boss”

Some of the head coaches that Pete Carroll has worked under as an assistant over the years include Lou Holtz, Monte Kiffin, Jerry Burns, Earle Bruce, Kay Stephenson, Bud Grant, George Seifert, and Bruce Coslet.

If Memory Serves Me…

Pete Carroll led the Seahawks to a 13-3 record in 2013. This tied the 2005 Seahawks for the best win-loss record in team history. Coincidentally, the Seahawks would go to the Super Bowl in both of those seasons.

Five Fun Facts About Golden Tate Of The Seahawks!

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on February 1, 2014

Every NFL quarterback needs that reliable receiver that they know can make the tough catch. Golden Tate is that guy. He has precision route running skills, can ad lib with the best of them when a play breaks down, and has some of the softest hands in the league. Here are some fun facts about this exceptional wide receiver.

Dad Did What?

Golden Tate’s father, also named Golden Tate, was drafted as a wide receiver out of Tennessee State in the fifth round in the 1984 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

Drafted Three Times!

In addition to being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Golden Tate was also draft two other times. The first was when he graduated from high school and the Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the 42nd round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He was then selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 50th round of the 2010 MLB Draft upon the completion of college.

Who Else Wore It?

Golden Tate wears jersey number 81 for the Seattle Seahawks. Other players who have worn that uniform number for the team over the years include Michael Bates, Nate Burleson, Sean Dawkins, Ronnie Harris, Tommy Kane, Koren Robinson, John Sawyer, Daryl turner, and Peter Warrick.

His First Catch!

The first catch Golden Tate had in the NFL came in 2010 against the Broncos. In the third quarter he hauled in a 52 yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck and was tackled by Brian Dawkins.

The First Real Long One

The first TD pass of 50 yards or more caught by Golden Tate in the NFL came in a 2013 win over the Rams when he and Russell Wilson teamed up for an 80 yard scoring play in the third quarter.

Five Fun Facts About Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch!

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on January 30, 2014

Fans sure have latched on to Marshawn Lynch in recent years, and it is not too difficult to see just why that is. He runs hard, has a good speed, is adept at catching balls out of the backfield and gives his all each time he steps on the field. Another trait of his that the fans love is that he is extremely hard to tackle. Watching Marshawn Lynch run the ball is the quickest way to be turned into a Marshawn Lynch fan. Here are five fun facts about this great player.

First Games Ever

In his first NFL game, a Bills loss to the Broncos in 2007, Marshawn Lynch gained 90 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown. In his first game with the Seahawks, a Seattle win over Chicago, he gained 44 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown.

A Now Familiar Face

Prior to joining the Seahawks in 2010, Marshawn Lynch played against Seattle one time while playing for the Bills. In that Bills victory, he carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 18 yards.

A Long Wait

Marshawn Lynch went 18 games in a row without breaking the 100 yard rushing mark to start his stint with the Seahawks. He joined the team before Week 5 of the 2010 season and had his first 100 yard rushing game for Seattle in the eighth game of the 2011 season when he gained 135 yards in a loss to the Cowboys.

The First To Throw One To Him

The first QB to throw a TD pass to Marshawn Lynch in the NFL was Trent Edwards of the Bills. The first Seahawks QB to throw a TD pass to him was Tarvaris Jackson.

10 Straight

During the 2011 NFL season, Marshawn Lynch set a new Seattle team record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. He did it for 10 straight games which broke the previous record of nine that had been set by Shaun Alexander in 2005.

Russell Wilson Fun Fact Graphic – NFL Firsts!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on January 29, 2014

Seahawks - Russell Wilson NFL Firsts

Five Fun Facts About Richard Sherman Of The Seattle Seahawks

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on January 28, 2014

Richard Sherman has proven himself as one of the best defensive backs in the National Football League. He also does a great job of interacting with the crowd and getting the fans involved too. It is easy to see that he leaves it all out on the field. No one could ever say that Richard Sherman doesn’t try his best each and every game. Here are five fun facts about this great defensive back.

7 TD Receptions!

Before switching to defensive back as a college senior at Stanford, Richard Sherman played three seasons as a wide receiver. He caught seven touchdowns during that time, three as a freshman and four as a sophomore. He caught them from three different quarterbacks: Trent Edwards (1), T.C. Ostrander (4), and Tavita Pritchard (2).

Smarty Pants!

Richard Sherman was the Salutatorian of his high school senior class, graduating second overall. He graduated in 2010 from Stanford with a degree in Communication. He then returned to college for his final year of eligibility and in the process got his start on his Master’s Degree.

The 5th Round?

The Seahawks drafted Richard Sherman in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 154th overall pick. There were 34 defensive backs chosen ahead of him that year in the draft.

The First Ever!

The first quarterback Richard Sherman ever had an interception off of during his career was Andy Dalton of the Bengals in 2011.

His First NFL Touchdown!

Richard Sherman scored his first NFL touchdown on December 9, 2012 when he picked off John Skelton of the Cardinals and returned it 19 yards for the score in a 58-0 Seattle victory.

Seattle Seahawks Fun Fact Graphic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on December 12, 2013


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