John Kasay’s first step in the NFL was with the Seahawks, but his last was as a member of the Panthers.
After 20 seasons, 1,970 points and 461 field goals, the longtime kicker retired Tuesday.
Kasay was a fourth-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 1991 – when Chuck Knox was the coach, Dave Krieg was the quarterback and Terry Wooden was the team’s leading tackler. He scored 341 points during his four seasons in Seattle before signing with the expansion Panthers as a free agent in 1995. He remained with the Panthers through the 2010 season and is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.
That’s why, despite kicking for the Saints in 2011 and sitting out last season, Kasay signed a one-day contract with the Panthers so he could retire as a member of the team.
Kasay leaves the game ranked sixth in NFL history in field goals, fifth in field-goal percentage (.819), eighth in points and tied for second in field goals of 50-plus yards (42).
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 26:
1982: Kenny Easley has 12 tackles, a sack and an interception, but it’s not enough as the Bengals hand the Seahawks a 24-10 loss in Cincinnati as Pete Johnson runs for two touchdowns.
1993: Rick Mirer passes to Paul Green for the game’s only touchdown and John Kasay kicks three field goals in a 16-6 victory over the Steelers at the Kingdome. Jon Vaughn also runs for 131 yards for the Seahawks.
1999: Jon Kitna passes for two touchdowns and the defense intercepts Elvis Grbac three times in a 23-14 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. It is the Seahawks’ only win in their final six games and proves pivotal as the Seahawks capture the AFC West title over the Chiefs on the final weekend of the season, and in Mike Holmgren’s first season as coach.
2004: Shaun Alexander runs for 154 yards and three touchdowns, Darrell Jackson catches six passes for 101 yards and Chike Okeafor registers two sacks in a 24-21 victory over the Cardinals in Seattle.
2010: The Seahawks travel to Tampa on Christmas Day, and then drop a 38-15 decision to the Buccaneers as Matt Hasselbeck is injured during the game. Josh Freeman throws five touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount runs for 164 yards for the Bucs.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 18:
1977: Jim Zorn throws a 15-yard touchdown pass to Steve Largent in the fourth quarter, giving the Seahawks a 20-19 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome in their season finale.
1983: The Seahawks clinch their first playoff berth with a 24-6 victory over the Patriots in their regular-season finale at the Kingdome, and all three units contribute as Steve Largent catches seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, Dave Krieg passes for two TDs and Curt Warner runs for 116 yards; Jacob Green has three sacks and Kenny Easley and Dave Brown intercept passes; and Jeff West has five of his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
1988: The Seahawks win their first division title with a wild 43-37 victory over the Raiders in Los Angeles on the final Sunday of the regular season. The Seahawks jump to a 30-17 lead and hold on as Dave Krieg passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns, with Brian Blades catching four passes for 123 yards and two TDs and John L. Williams adds seven catches for 180 yards.
1994: Jeff Hostetler passes 77 yards to Tim Brown for a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Raiders take a 17-16 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome. Chris Warren runs for 122 yards and the Seahawks’ only touchdown, while John Kasay kicks three field goals.
2005: Matt Hasselbeck throws second-half touchdown passes to Joe Jurevicius and Darrell Jackson as the Seahawks rally for a 28-24 victory over the Titans in Tennessee that is win No. 10 in their club-record 11-game winning streak. Shaun Alexander also runs for 172 yards and a TD.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 15:
1984: The Seahawks’ 12-4 regular season ends with a 31-14 loss to the Broncos at the Kingdome, despite Dave Krieg passing for 334 yards and two touchdowns and the defense intercepting John Elway four times.
1985: The Seahawks generate 201 yards of total offense in a 13-3 loss to the Raiders in Los Angeles as Marcus Allen runs for 109 yards and the game’s only touchdown.
1991: The Seahawks are shutout in the first half of a 26-13 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta. John Kasay kicks a pair of 43-yard field goals and Dave Krieg throws a touchdown pass in the second half, but it’s not enough to offset Deion Sanders intercepting two passes and scoring on a third as he runs 55 yards after taking a lateral from Tim McKyer.
1996: The Jaguars score 13 points in the fourth quarter in pulling out a 20-13 victory over the Seahawks in Jacksonville as Jimmy Smith catches eight passes for 124 yards, including two touchdown passes from former University of Washington QB Mark Brunell.
2002: Shaun Alexander scores on a 27-yard run in overtime to give the Seahawks a 30-24 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta. The Seahawks take a 24-17 lead as Willie Williams returns a fumble 25 yards for a TD and Rian Lindell kicks a 43-yard field goal with 1:55 to play in regulation, but Michael Vick throws a TD pass with 17 seconds left to tie the game. Alexander finishes with 127 yards and two touchdowns, while Koren Robinson catches nine passes for 143 yards.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 8:
1979: Steve Largent catches a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks pull out a 28-23 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. The decisive catch is Largent’s second TD of the game, and Sherman Smith also runs for two touchdowns.
1985: Dave Krieg throws four touchdown passes, including two to Daryl Turner, and the defense sacks Bernie Kosar six times, including three by Jacob Green, in a 31-13 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.
1986: On a wild and raucous Monday night at the Kingdome, the defense registers 11 sacks and three interceptions while holding the Raiders to 138 yards. The offensive contributions to the 37-0 shutout include Curt Warner running for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Dave Krieg throwing TD passes to Steve Largent and Ray Butler.
1991: John Taylor catches a 15-yard touchdown passes from Steve Bono early in the fourth quarter and the 49ers hold the lead for a 24-22 victory at the Kingdome. John Kasay kicks three field goals for the Seahawks.
1996: The Seahawks jump to a 16-0 lead and hold on for a 26-18 victory over the Bills at the Kingdome as Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Chris Warren runs for 116 yards. With Rick Mirer completing 9 of 24 passes, Rick Tuten is called upon to punt nine times and averages 46.3 yards with a long of 66 yards.
2002: The Seahawks fall behind 27-6, rally on two second-half touchdown passes by Matt Hasselbeck but still lose 27-20 to the Eagles in Seattle. Shaun Alexander runs for 123 yards.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 1:
1985: A Jacob Green-led defense sacks Todd Blackledge five times and intercepts three of his passes, while Steve Largent catches seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, in a 24-6 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome.
1991: John Kasay kicks two field goals, but Nick Lowery kicks four in a battle of field goals at the Kingdome that is won by the Chiefs 19-6.
1996: John Elway? Or Rick Mirer? Elway, of course, as the Broncos’ QB throws two touchdown passes and the Seahawks’ QB throws two interceptions in Denver’s 34-7 victory at Mile High Stadium.
2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a club-record 427 yards and three touchdowns, but Garrison Hearst runs for 124 yards and three scores as the 49ers take a 31-24 victory at Candlestick Park. Hasselbeck completes 30 of 55 passes, with Darrell Jackson catching seven for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Bobby Engram six for 72 yards and Koren Robinson four for 95 yards and a TD.
2011: Marshawn Lynch runs for 148 yards and two touchdowns, middle linebacker David Hawthorne returns an interception 77 yards for a score and cornerback Brandon Browner has two picks as the Seahawks slap a 31-14 loss on the Eagles in a Thursday night game at CenturyLink Field.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 30:
1987: Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns, but in between the Raiders reel off 37 unanswered points in a 37-14 victory on “Monday Night Football” at the Kingdome.
1992: On a memorable Monday night in a forgettable season, longtime radio announcer Pete Gross is inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor – two days before losing his battle with cancer – and Stan Gelbaugh throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Blades on the last play in regulation to tie the game at the Kingdome. John Kasay then wins it with a 32-yard field goal in overtime, for the second victory in a 2-14 season.
1997: Warren Moon passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, but the Falcons return a kickoff 93 yards for a score in taking a 24-17 victory in Seattle.
2003: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns, Shaun Alexander runs for 127 yards and a score, Darrell Jackson and Koren Robinson combine for 14 catches and 224 yards and the defense holds the Browns to 214 yards in a 34-7 victory in Seattle.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 27:
1977: Jim Zorn passes for four touchdowns, including two to Steve Largent, but the Chargers’ Fred Dean also intercepts a Zorn pass and returns it 22 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown in San Diego’s 30-28 victory at the Kingdome.
1980: Tackle Ron Essink, who lines up as a tight end on the play, scores on a 2-yard pass from Jim Zorn in the fourth quarter to prevent the Seahawks from being shutout in a 51-7 loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.
1983: Norm Johnson kicks a 42-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation to tie the game and then hits another 42-yarder in overtime as the Seahawks claim a wild 51-48 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. Curt Warner runs for 207 yards and three touchdowns and Dave Krieg passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks roll up 531 total yards.
1986: Curt Warner runs for 122 yards and Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns in a 31-14 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. The victory is part of a five-game winning streak to close the season.
1994: John Kasey kicks a 32-yard field goal with 1:42 to play to give the Seahawks a 10-9 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome on a day to remember for two running backs. Chris Warren surpassed 1,000 yards in the 12th game of the season, the earliest it had been done in franchise history; and Curt Warner is inducted in the team’s Ring of Honor. Coupled with a 22-21 victory over the Buccaneers the week before, it also marked the first time in club history that the Seahawks win back-to-back games by one point.
2005: Josh Brown kicks a 36-yard field goal in overtime for a 24-21 victory over the Giants in Seattle. But the game is even more memorable because Jay Feely misses three game-winning field goals and the Giants are penalized 16 times, including 11 false-start penalties. It also is win No. 7 in what becomes a club-record 11-game winning streak.
2006: It is Green Bay in Seattle as snow covers the field during a 34-24 victory over the Packers on “Monday Night Football.” Shaun Alexander runs for 201 yards on a club-record 40 carries. Josh Brown also kicks four field goals and Matt Hasselbeck passes for three touchdowns against his former team.
2011: The Redskins score 16 fourth-quarter points to pull out a 23-17 victory over the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, despite Marshawn Lynch rushing for 111 yards and scoring on a 20-yard pass. The loss is wedged between a two-game winning streak and a three-game winning streak for the Seahawks.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 15:
1987: The Seahawks force five turnovers and the defense shuts out the Packers in the second half of a 24-13 victory at the Kingdome. Curt Warner runs for 123 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown; while Eugene Robinson returns a blocked punt for a score.
1992: The defense holds the Raiders to 188 yards, but the offense generates only a 43-yard field goal by John Kasay late in the fourth quarter of a 20-3 loss in Los Angeles.
1998: Joey Galloway returns a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and Chad Brown has two sacks in his 10-tackle effort, but Greg Davis kicks a 38-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a 20-17 victory in Oakland.
2009: Matt Hasselbeck throws 52 passes in 315-yard passing performance, T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches nine passes for 165 yards and Justin Forsett runs for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinals score 14 points in the fourth quarter to take a 31-20 victory in Arizona.
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 27:
1991: John Kasay ties the NFL record by kicking two field goals of 50-plus yards. His 54- and 51-yarders come in a 20-9 win over the Chargers, and the 54-yarder matches the club record. Tony Woods paces the defensive effort with nine tackles and a sack.