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How the Seahawks got their name

So, how did the Seahawks become the Seahawks?

It’s a timely question, because today is the anniversary of the nickname “Seahawks” being selected for Seattle’s NFL franchise. It happened in 1975, when “Seahawks” was selected from 1,741 different names that were suggested by 20,365 entries.

“It’s overwhelming, simply overwhelming,” then-managing general partner Herman Sarkowsky said at the time. “We expected only about one-tenth this many entries.”

Here are some of the, well, better and more original suggestions:

Aardvarks

Aleuts

Aero-Techs

About Timers

Anchovies

Alkis

Asters Domes

Abominable Snowmen

Alki Ants

Apple Knockers

Aqua-Ducks

Bunyan

Bumbershoots

Buffalo Chips

Belaying Pins

Billy Goats

Clouds

Cloudbursts

D.B. Coopers

Bigfoots

Clam Diggers

Catamounts

Buzz Saws

Blue Sounders and Sounders

Bronze Bobcats

Bay Hawks

Cool Dudes

City Slickers

Cockatoos

Cumulo Nimbos

Crabs

Cutthroats

Chowderheads

Domebusters

Diarrheas

Frogs

Green State Geoducks

Green Giants

Go-E-Ducks

Dogwoods

Drizzlers

Ferrys

Flounders

Gnomes

Ding Dongs

Dreadnaughts

Fruits Pickers

Flying Wedges

Ferrets

Chinook Passers

Daffy Ducks

Electric Loggers

Hammerheads

Harpooners

Halibut Heads

Ichi Ban

Koala Bears

Killer Whales

Mongooses

Herman’s Hermits

Hydrofoils

Identified Flying Objects

Kelpers

Kilowatts

Lucky Loggers

Microwaves

Major Domos

Igloos

King Krabs

Montlakes

Nibblers

Peckerwoods

Pachyderms

Queen City Quinaults

Nutcrackers

Playwrights

Nordy’s Best

Nanuks

Orangutans

O-Zones

Puget Puffers

Puddle Jumpers

Pacific Crests

Pike Street Misfits

Plimsoll Marks

Peacemakers

Quicksands

Rainbirds

Rainy Ramblers

Rain-Dears

Sodbusters

Spunkies

Running Salmon

Spittoons

Sea Urchins

Salty Dogs

Sheep

747’s

Raining Suns

Rain Gods

Rainbeams

Red Tide

Roaches

Roosters

Silver Sasquatches

Skeletons

Sardines

Royal Broughams

Roostertails

Rain-Beaux

Rain Hawks

Sperm Whales

Sleazies

Sonics

Snowflakes

Sourdoughs

Squids

Snorkels

Sinbads

Salamanders

Sun Dodgers

Scoundrels

Shamans

Sky Hawks

Stiletoes

Space Needlers

Scampi

Superscenics

Sawdust Eaters

Spodiodees

Ticks

Soggies

Tremites

Saints ‘n Sinners

Shrimps

Toads

Undertow

Waumpums

Weather Beaters

Woodpeckers

Third Degree

Water Hawks

Yogas

Zonkers

Trafficjammers

Tatooshes

Vampires

Washington Georges

White Roosters

Zodiacs


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