On this date: Fritz Shurmur takes leave of absence

Fritz Shurmur

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on May 26:

1999: Fritz Shurmur, Mike Holmgren’s longtime defensive coordinator who followed him to Seattle from Green Bay earlier in the year, takes a leave of absence after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Shurmur would never coach a game for the Seahawks as he died on Aug. 30.


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On this date: Seahawks end playoff-victory drought

Mike Holmgren, Paul Allen

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 14:

1999: New head coach Mike Holmgren hires eight assistants from his staff with the Packers to join him with Seahawks: Mike Sherman, offensive coordinator/tight ends; Fritz Shurmur, defensive coordinator; Tom Lovat, offensive line; Larry Brooks, defensive line; Nolan Cromwell, wide receivers; Jim Lind, linebackers; Ken Flajole, defensive backs; and Kent Johnson, strength and conditioning.

2005: Bob Whitsitt is relieved of his duties as president of football operations.

2006: The Seahawks win their first playoff game since 1984 with a 20-10 victory over the Redskins in a Wild Card game in Seattle. Darrell Jackson catches nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, while Matt Hasselbeck also runs for TD.

2007: Robbie Gould kicks a 41-yard field goal to tie the game with 4½ minutes remaining in regulation and then hits a 49-yarder in overtime to give the Bears a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks in a divisional playoff game at Soldier Field. Shaun Alexander runs for 108 yards and two touchdowns, but is stopped for a 2-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play from the Bears’ 44-yard line with two minutes left in regulation.


On this date: Shurmur dies

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 30:

Fritz Shurmur, pictured here as defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams, passes away to liver cancer before ever coaching a game as part of Mike Holmgren’s staff.

1988: Ken Behring and minority partner Ken Hofmann complete their purchase of the team from the Nordstrom family.

1999: Fritz Shurmur dies of liver cancer before ever coaching a game as the Seahawks defensive coordinator. Shurmur had come to Seattle in January as part of Mike Holmgren’s staff, but was diagnosed with cancer in June.


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On this date: Shurmur takes leave of absence

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on May 26:

1999: Fritz Shurmur, Mike Holmgren’s longtime defensive coordinator who followed him to Seattle from Green Bay earlier in the year, takes a leave of absence after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Shurmur would never coach a game for the Seahawks as he died on Aug. 30.


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MBA? No way

Pat Shurmur actually has a MBA in finance, but the first-year head coach of the Cleveland Browns is glad he doesn’t have to use it.

Use it? Not even close.

“I haven’t written one check in 21 years of marriage. I don’t even know the pin number on my (ATM) card,” Shurmur said during a conference-call interview this morning, as the Browns are preparing to host the Seahawks on Sunday.

Shurmur, nephew of the late Fritz Shurmur, got that MBA while a graduate assistant at Michigan State.

“I worked for IBM for eight months,” Shurmur said. “But I had a taste of coaching as I was finishing up grad school, and I knew (IBM) wasn’t for me. So I was fortunate to go back and start (coaching).

“Once I could no longer play and once I saw the process of being a coach and having a chance to encourage and teach and empower players, I kind of got the bug.”

Shurmur now works for former NFL coach Mike Holmgren, the Browns’ president. Pat Shurmur first met Holmgren when Fritz Shurmur was on Holmgren’s staff with the Green Bay Packers. Fritz Shurmur followed Holmgren to Seattle in 1999, but died of cancer before he could coach a game with the Seahawks.

Pat Shurmur still refers to Holmgren as “coach.”

“He will forever be a coach,” Shurmur said. “That’s a term of endearment in my opinion. I mean, he’s coach Holmgren.”


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Remember this date?

A look back at some memorable August moments in franchise history:

Aug. 1, 1976: The Seahawks play their first game, and lose to the 49ers 27-20 in the preseason opener as QB Jim Zorn is tackled at the 2-yard line as time expired.

Aug. 3, 1991: Jim Zorn, the team’s original quarterback, becomes the second player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Aug. 3, 2001: Trent Dilfer, who had led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in January, signs to a one-year contact to serve as the backup to QB Matt Hasselbeck.

Aug. 3, 2002: The team christens its new home field – then Seahawks Stadium – with an intra-squad scrimmage.

Aug. 4, 2008: The first wave of employees move into the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the team’s new headquarters on the shores of Lake Washington in Renton.

Aug. 10, 2002: The Seahawks play their first game in their new stadium, losing 28-10 to the Colts in a preseason matchup.

Aug. 12, 1995: Steve Largent’s No. 80 is officially retired after the team’s all-time leading receiver was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Aug. 12, 2005: The Seahawks beat the Saints in a preseason game in New Orleans, two weeks before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

Aug. 13, 1994: The Seahawks play their first home game outdoors at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, beating the Buccaneers 29-6, because the Kingdome was closed for repairs after ceiling tiles fell in July.

Aug. 18, 2008: The team practices at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time.

Aug. 19, 1997: Football Northwest is approved as the new owners of the Seahawks.

Aug. 22, 1992: Cornerback Dave Brown becomes the third player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Aug. 23, 1975: Season-ticket sales for the Seahawks’ inaugural season in 1976 close – after less than a month – because the target of 59,000 is reached.

Aug. 29, 1976: The Seahawks win their first game, 17-16 over the Chargers, as tight end Ron Howard catches a 3-yard TD pass from Jim Zorn with 13 seconds left in the preseason matchup.

Aug. 30, 1988: Ken Behring and minority partner Ken Hofmann complete their purchase of the team.

Aug. 30, 1999: Fritz Shurmur dies of liver cancer before ever coaching a game as the Seahawks defensive coordinator.

Aug. 31, 1997: The Seahawks drop their regular-season opener to the Jets, 41-3, and QB John Friesz breaks his right thumb – an injured that will sideline him for nine weeks.


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