On this date: Levon Kirkland signed in free agency

Levon Kirkland

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on April 9:

2001: Levon Kirkland, a Pro Bowl linebacker from the Steelers, is signed in free agency. He finished third on the team with 101 tackles in his only season with the Seahawks. Kirkland was one of eight players to start at middle linebacker for the Seahawks during a seven-season stretch – joining Dean Wells and DeShone Myles (1998), Anthony Simmons (1999), George Koonce (2000), Isaiah Kacyvenski (2002), Randall Godfrey (2004) and Orlando Huff (2004) – before Lofa Tatupu was drafted in 2005.


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On this date: Lofa Tatupu signs multiyear extension

Lofa Tatupu

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on March 21:

2008: Pro Bowl middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu is signed to a multiyear extension. Tatupu becomes the only player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons (2005-08) and is voted to the 35th Anniversary team, but is released in 2010.


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Steve Hutchinson announces his retirement

Steve Hutchinson

After 12 seasons, seven Pro Bowls, seven All-Pro selections and countless dominating blocks, Steve Hutchinson is calling it a career.

Hutchinson, who entered the NFL in 2001 as a first-round draft choice by the Seahawks, announced his retirement this morning on his Twitter account.

“Retiring today after a great run in the NFL,” he tweeted. “Want to thank the Seahawks, Vikings, Titans and their fans for the opportunity.”

And Hutchinson, 35, made the most of those opportunities. He was an overpowering blocker as the left guard during his five-season stay with the Seahawks, which concluded with a run to the Super Bowl in 2005. He teamed with left tackle Walter Jones to form the best side of any line in the league, as Hutchinson was voted to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Not surprisingly, Hutchinson also was voted to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team, as selected by readers of Seahawks.com.

“The strong, silent type,” Lofa Tatupu, the middle linebacker on the 35th Anniversary team, said of Hutchinson. “I don’t really know how to describe him – a man of few words, I guess. But his actions definitely spoke volumes; the way he played and the way he handled himself as a professional.”

After the 2005 season, Hutchinson signed an offer sheet with the Vikings that the Seahawks declined to match after giving him the transition tag rather than the franchise tag when he reached free agency.

The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Hutchinson was voted to four more Pro Bowls in his first four seasons with the Vikings, and also was named All-Pro in each of those seasons. He was released by the Vikings following the 2011 season and signed with the Titans, after also being recruited by the Seahawks.

Hutchinson spent only five seasons with the Seahawks, but remains the best guard in franchise history and one of the most memorable characters.

As Tatupu put it, “As a leader, he really helped command that O-line with all those vets. Hutch had that stare. You didn’t know how to be around him: Is he going to say hi? Or is he going to punch me?

“That’s what you loved about him. He was just a straight-forward man’s man. And, he’s a good dude.”


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On the date: Steve Hutchinson given transition tag

Steve Hutchinson

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 23:

2005: Tim Ruskell is named president of football operations. In the first draft under Ruskell, the Seahawks would select linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill.

2006: Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson is given the transition tag rather than the franchise tag, a move that leads to him signing an offer sheet with the Vikings that the Seahawks decline to match. Hutchinson, the most-highly decorated guard in franchise history, had been voted to the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons (2003-05) and named All-Pro in 2003 and 2005.


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On this date: Joey Galloway traded for two first-round draft choices

Joey Galloway

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 12:

2000: Joey Galloway is traded to the Cowboys for first-round draft choices in 2000 and 2001, picks the Seahawks use to select Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson.

2003: John Marshall is hired as linebackers coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck completes 10 of 17 passes for 85 yards as the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 23-17 in a defense-dominated game that features 10 turnovers and seven sacks. Lofa Tatupu has a team-high six tackles, as well as two more on special teams, while Walter Jones, Steve Hutchinson, Mack Strong and Robbie Tobeck help the NFC convert eight of 18 third-down situations and control the ball for 32 minutes.


On this date: Matt Hasselbeck throws TD pass in Pro Bowl

Matt Hasselbeck

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 10:

2008: Matt Hasselbeck completes 7 of 9 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown to help the NFC win the Pro Bowl 42-30. Cornerback Marcus Trufant had five tackles to share team-high honors, while middle linebacker had Lofa Tatupu four tackles.


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On this date: Picks push Seahawks past Redskins

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 5:

Marcus Trufant

2008: Marcus Trufant (78 yards) and Jordan Babineaux (57 yards) return interceptions for touchdowns and D.J. Hackett caps his six-catch, 101-yard day with a 20-yard TD catch – all in the fourth quarter – as the Seahawks post a 35-14 victory over the Redskins in a Wild Card playoff game in Seattle. The linebacking crew of Leroy Hill (13), Lofa Tatupu (12) and Julian Peterson (10) combine for 35 tackles and two sacks as the Seahawks host a playoff game for the fourth consecutive season after hosting three in their first 28 seasons.


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Russell Wilson NFL Rookie of the Month

When you lead your team to five consecutive victories and also tie the league’s rookie record for touchdown passes, it should be worth something.

For Russell Wilson, it was. The Seahawks’ quarterback was named NFL Rookie of the Month this morning.

Wilson, a third-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, definitely had a December to remember. While leading the Seahawks into the playoffs, the rookie fashioned a 115.2 passer rating by completing 74 of 113 passes for 1,067 yards, with nine touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also ran for 262 yards and three more TDs as the Seahawks dispatched the Bears 23-17 in overtime, the Cardinals 58-0, the Bills 50-17, the 49ers 42-13 and the Rams 20-13.

Along the way, Wilson had a game with four TD passes (against the 49ers), another with three TD runs (against the Bills), another where he completed almost 80 percent of his passes (78.9 on 15 of 19 against the Rams) and his TD pass against the Rams was his 26th — tying the NFL rookie record set by Peyton Manning in 1998.

Wilson joins left tackle Walter Jones (October, 1997), defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (September 2002) and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (December/January 2005) as the only Seahawks to win the monthly rookie honor.


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On this date: One Giant step for Seahawks-kind

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 11:

1977: David Sims runs for two touchdowns, Sherman Smith has 149 yards rushing and receiving and another TD and Dave Brown returns an interception for a TD as the Seahawks hold on to win a wild 34-31 game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after taking a 34-21 lead at halftime.

1983: In a game that features “the holding call heard ’round the Pacific Northwest,” the Seahawks win 17-12 over the Giants at the Meadowlands behind two touchdown passes from Dave Krieg to setup the first playoff appearance in franchise history. The Giants’ Jeff Rutledge passes for an apparent game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-7 play with 30 seconds to play, but a holding call nullifies the score and his final pass is broken up. The win puts the Seahawks in a situation where they earn a wild-card spot with a victory over the Patriots at the Kingdome on the final weekend of the regular season, which they do.

1988: Curt Warner scores four touchdowns and rushes for 126 yards and John L. Williams has 183 yards rushing and receiving in a 42-14 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.

1994: Chris Warren runs for 185 yards and a touchdown and Cortez Kennedy has two of the Seahawks’ six sacks of Billy Joe Tolliver in a 16-14 victory over the Oilers in the Astrodome.

2005: Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns, including two to Bobby Engram; Shaun Alexander rushes for 108 yards and a TD; and a defense led by Lofa Tatupu (interception) and Marcus Tubbs (two sacks) limits the 49ers to 113 yards in a 41-3 victory in Seattle that is win No. 9 in the team’s club-record 11-game winning streak.


On this date: ’05 Seahawks win eighth in a row

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 5:

Lofa Tatupu

1976: Jim Zorn throws a touchdown pass to tight end John McMakin for the Seahawks’ only score, as the Bears put up 34 points and 509 yards in a loss that is No. 4 in a five-game losing streak to close Seattle’s inaugural season.

1982: Marcus Allen rushes for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders, who take a 28-0 lead and hold on for a 28-23 victory in Los Angeles as Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns.

1993: Brian Blades catches seven passes for 134 yards, but Marcus Allen runs for three touchdowns as the Chiefs hand the Seahawks a 31-16 setback at the Kingdome.

1999: Jon Kitna throws two touchdown passes, but Tim Brown catches two TD passes from Rich Gannon, staking the Raiders to a 17-0 lead in their 30-21 victory in Oakland.

2005: The Seahawks run their winning streak to eight in a row with a 42-0 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia on “Monday Night Football” in a game where neither team has more than 200 yards in total offense, as Andre Dyson returns an interception 72 yards and a fumble 25 yards for touchdowns; Shaun Alexander scores twice; and Lofa Tatupu also returns an interception 38 yards for a TD.

2010: The Panthers take a 14-0 lead, but Marshawn Lynch then scores three times and Lofa Tatupu returns an interception for a touchdown as the Seahawks run off 31 unanswered points in a lopsided victory in Seattle. David Hawthorne leads the defensive effort with 14 tackles.


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