On this date: Flores gets first victory as Seahawks coach

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 20:

(AP photo/Kevin Reece)

1992 – Tom Flores gets his first win as coach of the Seahawks, 10-6 over the Patriots in New England as Cortez Kennedy collects 2.5 of the team’s six sacks on QB Hugh Millen and John Kasay kicks a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Chris Warren also carries 24 times for 122 yards and the Seahawks’ only touchdown.


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On this date: Warren’s legs carry Seahawks to first victory

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 19:

(AP Photo/Kevin Reece)

1993 – Chris Warren carries 36 times for 174 yards in a 17-14 victory over the Patriots in New England. Warren’s 15-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the third quarter gives the Seahawks a 17-0 lead in their first victory of the season. Warren finishes the season with the second of what would be four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.


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On this date: Kennedy joins Ring of Honor

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 17:

Kennedy established himself as one of the premier interior defensive linemen in the game while playing 11 NFL seasons (1990-2000), all with the Seahawks. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

1995 – Dennis Erickson gets his first win as coach of the Seahawks, 24-21 over the Bengals at the Kingdome. Rick Mirer passes for two touchdowns, while completing 21 of 30 passes, and Chris Warren adds a third TD as part of his 24-carry, 109-yard game.

2006 – Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy is inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor during a 21-10 win over the Cardinals. Kennedy, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, is the 10th member of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor – joining Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Curt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Dave Krieg and Chuck Knox.


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On this date: Mirer, Warren lead back-to-back road wins

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 11:

1971: Mack Strong, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the fullback on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team, was born in Columbus, Ga. Strong would join the Seahawks in 1993 and spend his rookie season on the practice squad. From 1994-2007, he played in 201 games – second in franchise behind Je Nash (218); and blocked for a trio of 1,000-yard rushers – Chris Warren, Rickey Watters and Shaun Alexander.

1983 – The Seahawks win their first game under coach Chuck Knox, 17-10 over the New York Jets, as Curt Warner rushes for 128 yards on 24 carries and the team sets a club record with 57 rushing attempts. And you wonder why they called Knox’s offense Ground Chuck.

1994 – Rick Mirer passes for three touchdowns and Chris Warren runs for three as the Seahawks beat the Raiders 38-9 in Los Angeles to post back-to-back wins on the road to open the season for the first time since 1985.


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On this date: Warner goes for 60 on first NFL carry

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 4:

Running back Curt Warner, pictured here in a game against the Los Angeles Raiders his rookie year, spent seven seasons (1983-89) with the Seahawks, and held every franchise rushing record when he was done.

1983 – Curt Warner, the team’s first-round draft choice, breaks a 60-yard run on his first NFL carry in an opening-day loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. Warner would finish his rookie season with 1,449 rushing yards – then the franchise single-season record – and score 14 touchdowns.

1988 – The Seahawks open their 13th season with a 21-14 win over the two-time defending AFC champion Broncos in Denver. Curt Warner scores two touchdowns and John L. Williams has 161 yards rushing and receiving.

1994 – The Seahawks win their first season opener since 1988, as Chris Warren runs for 100 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-7 win over the Redskins in Washington. The win gives coach Tom Flores his 100th victory as a head coach in the NFL.


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After all these years, they’re still ‘The Rookie Club’

CANTON, Ohio – They arrived in the 1990 NFL Draft from various corners of the college football landscape, but the bond between Cortez Kennedy, Robert Blackmon, Terry Wooden and Chris Warren was almost as instant as it has been lasting.

They dubbed themselves “The Rookie Club,” and they are having a reunion here this weekend because Kennedy is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight – with the nationally televised event from Fawcett Stadium set to kickoff at 4 p.m., PDT.

Kennedy was the third pick overall in that fateful draft out of the University of Miami. He was voted to eight Pro Bowls during his 11-season career with the Seahawks, named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and also selected to the NFL All-Decade team for the 1990s.

The second round delivered Blackmon, the strongest of strong safeties from Baylor who would lead the team in interceptions in 1995 and start 96 games in seven seasons; and Wooden, a do-it-all linebacker from Syracuse who would lead the team in tackles in 1995 and start 87 games in seven seasons. Warren, a steal of a fourth-round pick out of Ferrum, led the team in punt and kickoff returns for three seasons before becoming a 1,000-yard rusher from 1992-95. He also was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

These cornerstone players are here to show their support for Kennedy because, well, that’s what “The Rookie Club” has always been about – taking care of, and looking out for, one another.

“Cortez is deserving of it,” Wooden, who now scouts for the Saints, said Friday night as he was leaving the event where Kennedy was presented his gold Hall of Fame jacket. “I got emotional when he finally made it to the Hall, because he was a good player but he’s an even better person.

“America really never got to see Cortez Kennedy, because he played in the 90s before you had Direct TV and the national coverage that the Seahawks get now. I think America missed out on seeing a pretty dominant player. Tez would have made it earlier if more people had actually seen him play.

“If they had, it would have been a no-brainer.”


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And the best fourth-round pick is …

Chris Warren was an overlooked entity in a 1990 NFL draft that also delivered defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, linebacker Terry Wooden and strong safety Robert Blackmon.

Until, that is, the 6-foot-2, 226-pound Warren stepped on the field for the first time. Derrick Fenner had replaced Curt Warner as the Seahawks’ leading rusher, so the fourth-round draft choice was relegated to kickoff and punt return duties.

“He’s got to be the biggest punt returner in the history of the league,” then-coached Chuck Knox marveled while watching Warren field punts behind his back during practice.

Warren also flashed some nifty moves once the games began, as he led the club in kickoff and punt return average as a rookie and also for the next two seasons. But it’s when Warren was finally allowed to play running back that he really got busy.

He rushed for 1,000-plus yards four consecutive seasons (1993-96), including a career-best and AFC-leading 1,545 yards in 1994. He scored 16 touchdowns in 1995, then the club single-season record. He also averaged 40 receptions from 1994-97.

Warren was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and named team MVP in ’94 and ’95. When he was released in 1998, Warren left as the team’s all-time leading rusher (6,706) and ranked second in rushing touchdowns (44).

Not surprisingly, Warren also ranks as the best fourth-round draft choice in franchise history.

And that’s saying something, considering that the competition includes kicker John Kasay (1991), who led the team in scoring for four consecutive seasons; linebacker Dean Wells, who led the team in tackles in 1996; defensive end Phillip Daniels (1996), who led the team in sacks in 1999; linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski, who led the club in special teams tackles in 2000 and 2001; defensive end Red Bryant, who blocked four kicks and returned an interception for a touchdown last season; and linebacker K.J. Wright (2011), who played his way into the starting lineup as rookie.


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On this date: Easley’s first Pro Bowl

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb 6:

1983: In his first Pro Bowl, Kenny Easley has nine tackles as the Seahawks’ lone representative in a game won by the NFC 20-19 as Danny White throws a TD pass to John Jefferson with 35 seconds remaining.

1994: Eugene Robinson intercepts a pass and Chris Warren leads the AFC with 64 rushing yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 17-3. Cortez Kennedy also represents the Seahawks in the game and contributes two tackles.

1998: Pete Rodriguez agrees to become special teams coach on Dennis Erickson’s staff.

2000: Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy (three tackles) and Chad Brown (two special teams tackles) represent the Seahawks in the Pro Bowl, but the NFC wins 51-31.

2008: It is announced that assistant head coach/defensive backs Jim Mora will become head coach after the season, which is the last of Mike Holmgren’s 10 seasons as head coach.


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On this date: A Super letdown

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 5:

1995: Chris Warren runs for 127 yards and a touchdown as the AFC rushes for 400 yards – and averages 10 yards per carry – to win the Pro Bowl 41-13. Rick Tuten averages 40.3 yards on four punts. Cortez Kennedy (one tackle) also starts for the AFC.

2003: Ray Rhodes is named defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 273 yards and Shaun Alexander runs for 95 yards, but the Seahawks can’t overcome their own mistakes and some dubious calls by the officials in dropping a 21-10 decision to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL – the franchise’s first appearance in the NFL title game.


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On this date: Carroll compiles staff

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 4:

1990: Dave Krieg completes 15 of 23 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 27-21. Jerry Gray, a cornerback for the Rams who would go on to coach the Seahawks’ defensive backs in 2010, is named MVP after returning an interception 51 yards for a TD and also registering seven tackles. Rufus Porter (two tackles) and Brian Blades (one reception) also represent the Seahawks in the game.

1996: Chris Warren leads the NFC with 43 rushing yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 20-13.

1998: Jim Johnson is named linebackers coach on Dennis Erickson’s staff. Johnson remains for only one season before becoming the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, but his impact on the Seahawks’ defense is apparent even after he leaves.

2010: First-year coach Pete Carroll announces his staff: Jeremy Bates (offensive coordinator), Gus Bradley (defensive coordinator), Brian Schneider (special teams coordinator), Kippy Brown (wide receivers), Luke Butkus (quality control/offensive line), Dave Canales (quality control/offense), Chris Carlisle (head strength and conditioning), Jedd Fisch (quarterbacks), Mondray Gee (assistant strength and conditioning), Alex Gibbs (offensive line), Jerry Gray (defensive backs), Kris Richard (assistant defensive backs), Rocky Seto (quality control/defense), Sherman Smith (running backs), Jeff Ulbrich (assistant special teams), Art Valero (assistant offensive line) and Jamie Yancher (assistant strength and conditioning).


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