A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 4:
1977: Jim Zorn throws touchdown passes to Sam McCullum (65 yards) and Steve Largent (30), but Terry Bradshaw runs for two scores and throws for a third in the Steelers’ 30-20 victory in Pittsburgh.
1983: Tony Dorsett runs for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys, while Dave Krieg is sacked eight times and throws two interceptions in a 35-10 loss in Dallas.
1988: Robert Perryman scores on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter, giving the Patriots a 13-7 victory over the Seahawks in New England. The Seahawks gain only 65 total yards, while Eugene Robinson (17 tackles), Darren Comeaux (11), Dave Wyman (10) and Jeff Bryant (10) pace the defensive effort.
1989: Dave Krieg passes 51 yards to John L. Williams for a fourth quarter touchdown as the Seahawks pull out a 17-16 victory over the Bills at the Kingdome on “Monday Night Football.”
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 28:
1976: Jim Zorn and Sherman Smith run for touchdowns, but the expansion Seahawks lose to the Giants 28-16 at the Kingdome.
1982: The Seahawks post the third shutout in club history, but first at the Kingdome, as Kenny Easley and John Harris intercept passes, Norm Johnson kicks three field goals and Steve Largent catches five passes for 109 yards in a 16-0 victory over the Steelers.
1988: Dave Krieg ties his club record by passing for five touchdowns and Curt Warner (130) and John L. Williams (105) become the Seahawks’ first tandem to rush for 100 yards in a same game during a 35-27 victory over the Raiders at the Kingdome on “Monday Night Football.”
1999: The Buccaneers intercept Jon Kitna five times in a 16-3 victory at the Kingdome, the start of a 1-5 finish for the Seahawks after they started their first season under coach Mike Holmgren 8-2.
2005: Mike Holmgren presents the game ball from a 24-21 overtime victory the day before to the 12th Man for the crowd’s help in generating 16 Giants’ penalties, including 11 false starts.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 13:
1977: The defense posts the first shutout in franchise history by intercepting three passes to limit the Jets to 25 passing yards – and 124 total yards – and Jim Zorn throws two touchdown passes in a 17-0 victory at Shea Stadium.
1983: Steve Largent catches eight passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns, but the Cardinals scored five points in the final seven minutes to pull out a 33-28 victory in St. Louis.
1988: Dave Krieg returns after missing seven games with a shoulder separation and directs a 10-play drive to setup Norm Johnson’s game-winning 46-yard field goal with one second remaining in a 27-24 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. John L. Williams also runs for 102 yards and a touchdown.
2005: The Seahawks pick up win No. 5 in what will become a club-record 11-game winning streak as Shaun Alexander runs for 165 yards and three touchdowns a 31-16 victory over the Rams in Seattle.
2011: The Seahawks snap a three-game losing streak in emphatic fashion with a 22-17 upset of the 6-2 Ravens at CenturyLink Field. Aided by a series of punishing lead blocks from fullback Michael Robinson on Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Marshawn Lynch runs for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Steven Hauschka kicks a franchise-tying five field goals. Ravens QB Joe Flacco throws 52 passes, as Ray Rice gets only five carries.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 31:
1976: The Seahawks drop a 41-6 decision to the Rams in Los Angeles as James Harris and Pat Haden combine to pass for three touchdowns and the defense holds the Seahawks to 192 yards.
1993: John L. Williams runs for two touchdowns, but it’s not enough as the Seahawks fall 28-17 to the Broncos in Denver as John Elway throws two TD passes and Robert Delpino runs for two scores.
2004: Shaun Alexander runs for 195 yards and scores two touchdowns as the Seahawks roll up 433 yards in a 23-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Seattle.
2010: It is a truly frightful Halloween at the Oakland Coliseum as the Raiders slap the Seahawks with a 33-3 loss. The Tom Cable-coached Raiders run for 239 yards and roll up 545 total yards as the Seahawks lose defensive end Red Bryant for the season to a knee injury.
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 24:
1993: Rick Mirer throws a touchdown pass to Brian Blades with 25 seconds to play to give the Seahawks a 10-9 victory over the Patriots at the Kingdome. The TD pass comes on a third down play, and the Seahawks convert three other third-down situations in the 14-play, 54-yard drive as Mirer passes to Kelvin Martin for 7 yards on third-and-4, runs for 2 yards on third-and-1 and John L. Williams runs for 3 yards on third-and-1. Blades finishes with nine receptions for 90 yards, while Rod Stephens (15) and Eugene Robinson (12) combine for 27 tackles to pace the defensive effort.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 29:
1991 – Chris Warren scores on a 59-yard punt return – the first by a Seahawk since 1986 – and QB Dan McGwire makes his first NFL start in a 31-3 victory over the Colts at the Kingdome. The Seahawks also rush for 168 yards, as Derrick Fenner and John L. Williams each run a TD. McGwire is replaced in the second half by Jeff Kemp, who throws a TD pass to Tommy Kane. Cortez Kennedy and Rufus Porter collect two sacks each to pace the defensive effort.
2002 – Shaun Alexander sets an NFL record by scoring five times in the first half of a 48-23 win over the Vikings at Seahawks Stadium. Alexander scores on an 80-yard screen pass as well as runs of 2, 20, 3 and 14 yards. Reggie Tongue also returns an interception 46 yards for a TD, as the Seahawks score four times in a 1-minute, 47-second blur at the end of the first half.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 4:
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.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 29:
1980: The Seahawks trade up to the 10th spot in the first round of the draft to select Jacob Green. The defensive end from Texas A&M stepped into the starting lineup as a rookie and stayed there through the 1991 season – putting up franchise records in sacks (116) and forced fumbles (28) and starting 176 games, which ranks third on the team’s all-time list behind Steve Largent (197) and Walter Jones (180). Green was voted to the Pro Bowl twice, inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 1995 and selected to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team.
1986: John L. Williams is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, but only after coach Chuck Knox makes a trip to Florida to check out the versatile fullback. Over the next eight seasons, Williams would lead the team in receiving three times, rushing once and be to the Pro Bowl twice. He still ranks third in receptions (471), fourth in rushing yards (4,579) and 10th in total touchdowns (33) on the team’s all-time lists.
2007: Darrell Jackson, the team’s leading receiver in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006, is traded to the 49ers. He still ranks fourth in receptions (441), third in receiving yards (6,445) and second in touchdown catches (47) on the team’s all-time lists.
2010: Walter Jones retires after a 14-season career that saw him voted to a club-record nine Pro Bowls and also six All-Pro berths. A first-round draft choice in 1997, Jones ranks second in games started (180), was named to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team and already has had his No. 71 retired. In 2006, he was named the best player in the NFL by The Sporting News.
The nattering nabobs of negativity delight in kicking the Seahawks for the first-round draft choices they have wasted on a trio of quarterbacks – Dan McGwire in 1991 (Chuck Knox wanted Brett Favre, Ken Behring wanted McGwire); Rick Mirer in 1993 (an influential member of the scouting department assured everyone there was no need to trade up a spot to take Drew Bledsoe with the first overall pick); and the 1989 first-round pick they traded to the Cardinals for the right to Kelly Stouffer, who was drafted by St. Louis in 1987 but refused to sign with the Arizona-bound club).
In addition to the franchise’s daft in the draft, however, there have been even more deft moves in the first round.
Just check this lineup: Jacob Green in 1980; Kenny Easley in 1981; Curt Warner in 1983; John L. Williams in 1986; Cortez Kennedy in 1990; Joey Galloway in 1995; Shawn Springs and Walter Jones in 1997; Shaun Alexander in 2000; Steve Hutchinson in 2001; Marcus Trufant in 2003; and Earl Thomas in 2010.
All but Galloway ended up playing in the Pro Bowl – with Jones going nine times and Kennedy eight times. One is the only player in franchise history to be voted league MVP – Alexander in 2005. Two were voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year – Easley in 1984, Kennedy in 1992. Four are in the team’s 10-member Ring of Honor – Green, Easley, Warner and Kennedy. Eight were voted to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team – Green, Easley, Kennedy, Springs, Jones, Alexander, Hutchinson and Trufant.
One is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Kennedy. Another will end up there – Jones.
But who is the best of the best – or crème de la crème, if you will?
This eight-day exercise to determine the team’s top pick in each round of the draft started because someone at NFL.com listed the best first-round picks in the 32 spots. The only Seahawk on that list was Walter Jones (at No. 6), so it’s difficult to argue that he isn’t the team’s best first-rounder, as well.
Jones played at a Pro Bowl level – no, an All-Pro level – from the first day he stepped on the field in a Seahawks uniform as a rookie in 1997 to his final game in 2008. In between, there were those nine Pro Bowl berths, six All-Pro selections and in 2006 he was named the top player in the league by The Sporting News. Not the best lineman, the best player. Period.
The Seahawks already have retired his No. 71 jersey and he will be the next player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Connect the dots between all that, and it creates a portrait of the best first-round draft choice in franchise history. Longevity. Productivity. Durability. Dominance. That was Walter Jones.
The fifth round of the NFL Draft has been special for the Seahawks.
Special in that they have used those picks to select a couple of Pro Bowl special teams players – return man Bobby Joe Edmonds, who was drafted in 1986 and voted to the AFC all-star team as a rookie; and coverage man Alex Bannister, who was drafted in 2001 and voted to the NFC all-star team in 2003. The fifth round also delivered kick returner Charlie Rogers in 1999.
There also have been a couple of standout defensive players who came to the Seahawks in the fifth round – tackle Rocky Bernard, who was selected 2002 and started 55 games in seven seasons; and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who was selected in 2010 and went to the Pro Bowl last season.
But the best of the fifth-round bunch played on offense – left guard Edwin Bailey, who was drafted in 1981, stepped into the lineup as a rookie and started 120 games through the 1991 season.
Bailey’s run with the team began under coach Jack Patera and spanned the tenure of coach Chuck Knox (1983-91). He opened holes for Sherman Smith, Curt Warner, John L. Williams and Derrick Fenner, and provided pass protection for Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, Kelly Stouffer and Jeff Kemp. Bailey was a key component in the Seahawks’ advancing to the AFC title game in 1983, posting a 12-win season in 1984 and winning their first division title in 1988.
Until Steve Hutchinson was selected in the first round of the 2001 draft, Bailey was the best left guard in franchise history – as evidenced by his selection to the Seahawks’ 25th Anniversary team.
We caught up with Bailey recently, and you can find out what the player his teammates called “Pearl” has been up to here.