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On this date: Nate Burleson acquired in free agency

Nate Burleson

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on March 31:

2006: Wide receiver/kick returner Nate Burleson, a Seattle native, is acquired from the Vikings. As a restricted free agent, Burleson signs an offer sheet with the Seahawks that the Vikings decline to match – a move that cost the Seahawks a third-round draft choice. Burleson started 32 games in four seasons and was voted the punt returner on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.


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On this date: Fenner runs Seahawks past Lions

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

Derrick Fenner

1990: Derrick Fenner runs for two touchdowns, pushing his season total to 15, in a 30-10 victory over the Lions at the Kingdome. The win allows the Seahawks to finish 9-7 despite an 0-3 start. Eugene Robinson returns a fumble for a touchdown and Jacob Green has three sacks to lead the defensive effort.

2001: Rian Lidell kicks a 54-yard field on the last play of the game to give the Seahawks a 25-22 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. Darrell Jackson catches five passes for 114 yards, including touchdown receptions of 48 and 43 yards.

2007: Nate Burleson catches seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and the playoff-bound Seahawks generate 30 first downs, but it’s not enough to offset a four-TD passing performance by Chris Redman in a wild 44-41 loss to the Falcons in the regular-season finale at the Georgia Dome.


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On this date: Largent, Tez play final games

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

Steve Largent, Sue Stewart

Seahawks receiver Steve Largent receives a hug from his mother Sue Stewart during a special ceremony in the Kingdome in Seattle prior to the start of the final NFL game of his 14-year career, against the Washington Redskins, Dec. 23, 1989. (AP Photo/Duncan Livingston)

1989: In Steve Largent’s final game, the Seahawks are shut out 29-0 by the Redskins on a Saturday afternoon at the Kingdome as former Washington State University QB Mark Rypien completes 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and a TD. Largent catches two passes for 41 yards and Eugene Robinson has 12 tackles and an interception, but the Redskins control the ball for 41 minutes.

1990: Derrick Fenner scores on a 1-yard run on the first play of the third quarter and the Seahawks hold on for a 17-12 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. Eugene Robinson and Melvin Jenkins intercept John Elway passes and Jacob Green gets to the Broncos’ QB for 1.5 sacks.

2000: The Bills roll up 579 yards on a rain-swept Saturday night at Husky Stadium in taking a 42-23 victory in Cortez Kennedy’s final game. Doug Flutie passes for three touchdowns and 366 yards, while Antowain Smith runs for 147 yards and three scores.

2001: Shaun Alexander scores on a 29-yard run and with a 16-yard pass and John Randle recovered a fumble in the end zone to stake the Seahawks to a 24-17 lead, but Kerry Collins throws a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard with 20 seconds left to give the Giants a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks at Giants Stadium.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to Shaun Alexander and Nate Burleson, and Leroy Hill returns a fumble for a score in a 27-6 victory over the Ravens in Seattle that runs the Seahawks record to 10-5.


On this date: Chris Warren, as friend and foe

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 22:

Chris Warren

Chris Warren (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

1987: Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third and the defense holds the Chargers to 156 yards in a 34-3 victory at the Kingdome.

1992: Chris Warren runs for 154 yards and a touchdown but the Seahawks lose their eighth game in a row as they fall to the Chiefs 24-14 at the Kingdome.

1998: The Cowboys score two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 1-yard run by ex-Seahawk Chris Warren, in handing the Seahawks a 30-22 loss in Dallas. Defensive tackle Sam Adams returns an interception 25 yards for one of Seattle’s touchdowns.

2009: In a vintage performance, Brett Favre throws for four touchdowns – including two to now-Seahawk Sidney Rice – and completes 22 of 25 passes as the Vikings hand the Seahawks a 35-9 loss at the Metrodome. Nate Burleson and Justin Forsett combine to catch 14 passes for 180 yards, but Seahawks gain 4 yards on 12 running plays.


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On this date: Brown leads NFL-record effort

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

Dave Brown

Cornerback Dave Brown

1984: The Seahawks set an NFL record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at the Kingdome. Cornerback Dave Brown has two of the scoring returns, while strong safety Kenny Easley and cornerback Keith Simpson each have one.

2007: Nate Burleson returns a punt 94 yards for a touchdown in a 33-30 overtime loss to the Browns in Cleveland, becoming the first player in NFL history with three punts returns of 90-plus yards in his career.


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Week 8: Seahawks at Lions

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PDT, Ford Field, Detroit

Records: Seahawks 4-3, after their 13-6 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco last Thursday night; Lions 2-4, after their 13-7 loss to the Bears in Chicago on Monday night

TV: Fox (KCPQ/13 in the greater Seattle area), with Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio

Radio: 710 ESPN and KIRO 97.3, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller

Rest of the West: Patriots at Rams (3-4) on Sunday; 49ers (5-2) at Cardinals (4-3) on Monday night

Matchup microscope

Chris Clemons

Chris Clemons

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons vs. Lions OT Jeff Backus: This might be putting the pass rush before the stopping-the-run aspect that leads to it – as well as the obvious, with all hands on deck needed to defense Pro Bowl receiver Calvin Johnson. But the Seahawks need to make the Lions one dimensional, as if a team that is averaging 46 passes a game isn’t already listing that way, and then get to QB Matthew Stafford. He has been sacked 12 times while putting the ball up 264 times. But this doesn’t have to be all about sacks. Just applying pressure to disrupt the timing of the Stafford-to-Johnson express will help. Clemons has seven sacks in seven games this season, tying him for third in the league, and at least one sack in 13 of his past 14 games. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Backus is an experienced blocker, as this is his 12th season as the starter at the most pivotal position on the line.

One to watch

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Seahawks C Max Unger and OGs James Carpenter and Paul McQuistan vs. Lions DT Ndamukong Suh: A Pro Bowl selection last season and NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010, Suh can be a handful. And dealing with him will be an across-the-interior-of-the-line assignment as Unger, Carpenter and McQuistan will all have to block him at some point – at times in tandem. “He’s a good inside player,” Unger said. “We’ve got to be able to handle him, and to do that we’ve got to bring our A game. We’ve got to know where he is on every snap, there’s no question about that.” Suh, who was born in Portland, has 3.5 sacks this season, to go with the 10 he produced as a rookie and four more last season.

Fun to watch

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman vs. Johnson: As with blocking Suh, dealing with the receiver they call “Megatron” will be an across-the-secondary task for the Seahawks. But it will be the times the 6-5 Johnson is matched against the 6-3, long-limbed Sherman that should be the most entertaining. While Johnson has been “limited” to 38 receptions for 592 yards and one touchdown this season, Sherman has three interceptions and 11 passes defensed. He also leads the Seahawks’ secondary in discussing those plays with receivers after he has made them.

One tough task

The Seahawks vs. the situation: They’re not only playing in the same stadium where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL on Feb. 2, 2006, they’re dealing with the same demons that have haunted this franchise when it plays games in the Eastern Time Zone that start at 10 a.m. PT even before going 6-14 on the road in 2½ seasons under coach Pete Carroll. The emphasis all week has been on the Seahawks taking their home game on the road.

Worth noting

The Seahawks have not played in Detroit since their opener in 2006, when they defeated the Lions 9-6 as Josh Brown kicked his third field goal on the final play of the game. … The Seahawks lead the series 7-4 and have won the past three games. … In their 32-20 victory in Seattle in 2009, the last time they played the Lions, the Seahawks overcame a 17-0 first-quarter deficit as they intercepted five passes – including a 61-yard scoring return by Josh Wilson to seal the win. … Stafford is looking for his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing performance at home and needs 406 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career. … Nate Burleson, the former Seahawks and O’Dea High School wide receiver who signed with the Lions in free agency in 2010, is out for the season after breaking his leg in Monday night’s loss to the Bears. … Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has 652 rushing yards, which ties him for third in the league entering this week’s games, but he continues to lead the NFL with 1,593 in the 16 games since Week 9 of last season. … Leon Washington is fourth in the league in kickoff return average (31.7). … Linebackers Justin Durant (44) and Stephen Tulloch (40) lead the Lions in tackles. … Linebackers K.J. Wright (52) and Bobby Wagner (50) lead the Seahawks in tackles.


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On this date: First practice at VMAC

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 18:

2008: The team practices at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time. The complex on the shores of Lake Washington in Renton replaces the team’s second facility in Kirkland, where the team had been headquarters since its inaugural season in 1976.

And the first practice at VMAC is moved to the indoor practice facility because of rain, and the threat of a thunderstorm. “That’s the beauty of this place,” coach Mike Holmgen says after practice. “I don’t think we could have blown up the bubble that fast in Kirkland.” It is a reference to the bubble that used to cover one of the outdoor fields in Kirkland from late October through the end of the season, and needed three days to inflate. Offers wide receiver Nate Burleson, “In Kirkland, we would have been out there with thunderstorms grazing over our helmets.”


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Wednesday cyber surfing: Seahawks, past and present, preach achieving your goals

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 20:

Members of the Seahawks, past and present, visited schools on the Kitsap Peninsula on Monday to promote a partnership with the South Kitsap School District to help students achieve their goals. Katie Scaff at the Kitsap Sun has the details: “ ‘There’s no such thing as overnight success. I was 5-foot and 104 pounds when I entered high school, and I made it to the NFL. I just kept trying and trying,’ said Paul Johns, a wide receiver from 1981 to 1984. Johns visited an end-of-year assembly at John Sedgwick Junior High School with current wide receiver Ricardo Lockette in the afternoon while four other former members and (author) Debbie Macomber visited assemblies at Marcus Whitman and Cedar Heights junior high schools.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes at look at what some of the top pass-rushers in the NFL make as the Seahawks and Chris Clemons continue to discuss an extension: “Clemons is one of seven players in the league to total double-digit sacks in each of the past two seasons, and he’s on a significantly smaller deal as he enters the final year of a five-year contract that totaled $18.5 million.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com tackles the Seahawks’ QB situation while answering questions from his mailbag: “Seattle’s quarterback competition could not be settled without exhibition games. There was never an expectation one candidate would jump to a huge lead before training camp. The fact that no one has seized the job does not necessarily mean the team has no quarterbacks worthy of starting. Coach Pete Carroll was going to promote competition through the offseason and into training camp. That was the plan in the absence of exhibition games. I covered the Seahawks’ final minicamp practice last week and didn’t even think to report on whether one of the quarterbacks had won the job. Yet, it’s unusual to divide reps three ways. That isn’t sustainable. At some point, the Seahawks will have to decide whether they’re comfortable enough with (Matt) Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson to consider moving past 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson or adjusting his $4 million salary.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the national media’s obsession with the three-QB competition for the starting job: “OK, obsession is a bit strong, considering the amount of national attention the team generates. But most of the mention the Seahawks have gotten this offseason stems from Carroll’s decision that incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson will vie for the job with free-agent addition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson. It happened Monday – again, and understandably – when Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network caught up with Carroll at a Play 60 event in Southern California. Three of her six on-camera questions – and the first three, at that – involved the QB situation.”

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com offers his overrated/underrated tandems for each team in the league, including the Seahawks: “Overrated: WR Sidney Rice. They paid him like a No. 1 receiver and he didn’t stay on the field. Even healthy, is he really that? Underrated: DE Red Bryant. He isn’t a pass rusher, so he doesn’t get a lot of attention, but he is a good run player and a big part of Seattle’s improving defense.”

Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com reports from the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, which included Seahawks, past and present: “The players range from active (Nate Burleson,  Michael Robinson, Joel Dreesen) to retired (Chad Brown, Jenkins) to free agents (Melvin Bullitt and Patrick Crayton). Producers give honest feedback about what players can improve after their segment is done. No one is coddled. ‘Say what you have to say to me,’ Brown said. ‘I’ve played for Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. I’m used to being criticized. It doesn’t bother me one bit.’ “

Michael Martinez at FoxSports.com looks at Brian Banks’ tryout tour, which included a stop at the Seahawks, and wonders if the exonerated linebacker can get a contract: “Banks, who was away from the game for 10 years and only resumed working out after his case was cleared, will begin working with noted trainer Travelle Gaines this week. He also has done MMA-style training with FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer, who works with several NFL players at his Las Vegas gym. If the additional training helps Banks get closer to football shape, his chances of receiving an invitation will improve, (Seahawks coach) Carroll said. ‘We’re going to give him the next six weeks to get in shape and show us what he can do with a really good conditioning program behind him,’ Carroll said. ‘Then we’ll make a decision whether or not he gets to come to the big camp. He’s tried out for a couple of other teams, and he’s going to continue to do that. It’s a real long shot, of course, but he’s such a strong-minded kid, he’s got a chance.’ “

Speaking of linebackers, John Manasso at FoxSports.com checks in with Lofa Tatupu, the former Seahawk who is trying to restart his NFL career with the Falcons: “Last year, Lofa Tatupu was only 28 years old and four years removed from an All-Pro season as a middle linebacker. Yet, after undergoing surgery on the lateral meniscus in both knees following the 2010 season, he ended up having no takers when Seattle cut him a few days into training camp. He received a couple of invitations to work out. One, he said, appeared simply to be a ploy by a team to pressure its own player into signing. (It worked.) Tatupu said he was a victim of circumstance. Not only did the lockout hurt him, but when he received offers, they were at outside linebacker, which he had never played. He wasn’t sure he could do it. As a result, he sat out the entire season and contemplated retirement. ‘I thought it was over,’ he said. ‘I was ready to send those (retirement) papers in.’ “


Robinson to go ‘camping’

Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson is among the 23 current and former NFL players who will participate in the sixth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.

The program runs June 18-21 at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Also participating in the program are former linebacker Chad Brown and wide receiver/kick returner Nate Burleson, who were voted to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team; as well as Leonard Weaver and Shayne Graham, who also played for the team.

Of the 105 players who took part in the boot camp from 2007-11, 44 have become broadcasters as a result of participating in the program.


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On this date: Burleson acquired

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on March 31:

2006: Wide receiver/kick returner Nate Burleson, a Seattle native, is acquired from the Vikings. As a restricted free agent, Burleson signed an offer sheet with the Seahawks that the Vikings declined to match – a move that cost the Seahawks a third-round draft choice. Burleson was voted the punt returner on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.


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