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On this date: Hasselbeck throws for 427

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 1:

Matt Hasselbeck

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.


On this date: ‘Jacksonville’ Seahawks down Redskins

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 19:

Defensive end Michael Sinclair

Defensive end Michael Sinclair rushes the Redskins passer in a 27-20 victory at RFK Stadium.

1978: Efren Herrera kicks two field goals and David Sims scores on a 10-yard run in a 13-10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City.

1995: Chris Warren runs for 136 yards and a touchdown, Rick Mirer passes for two TDs and Robert Blackmon intercepts two passes in a 27-20 victory over the Redskins at RFK Stadium. The game follows a week when the team remained in Jacksonville to practice, after beating the Jaguars 47-30, rather than returning to Seattle.

2006: Seneca Wallace passes for 252 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but also throws three interceptions, and Deion Branch catches seven passes for 113 yards. But the 49ers hold on for 20-14 victory in San Francisco.


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On this date: Galloway goes for 89 yards

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

Joey Galloway

Joey Galloway

1995: Joey Galloway returns a punt a club-record 89 yards for a touchdown to spark a 30-28 victory over the New York Giants at the Kingdome. Brian Blades also catches two first-quarter TD passes from Rick Mirer, as the Seahawks snapped a four-game losing streak – and began a stretch where they win six times in seven games.

2000: Rian Lindell kicks a 48-yard field goal as time expires to give the Seahawks a 17-15 victory over the San Diego Chargers at Husky Stadium. The Seahawks generate just 128 yards of total offense, but Jon Kitna throws TD passes Sean Dawkins and Christian Fauria.


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On this date: Mirer to Blades wins it

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 24:

Rick MIrer

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.


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On this date: Mirer sparks winning streak

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 3:

1993: Rick Mirer passes for one touchdown and runs for another as the Seahawks win their third game in a row, 31-14, over the San Diego Chargers at the Kingdome. It is the team’s longest winning streak since 1990.


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On this date: Mirer passes Seahawks to victory

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 22:

1996 – The Seahawks win 17-13 over the Buccaneers in Tampa as they score two touchdowns in the final three minutes – a 5-yard pass from Rick Mirer to Brian Blades and a 14-yard run by Lamar Smith with 31 seconds left in the game. Mirer is 8 of 9 for 64 yards on the 83-yard drive ending with his TD pass and also hits 4 of 5 for 54 yards during one stretch of the 61-yard drive to Smith’s TD.


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On this date: Kennedy joins Ring of Honor

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 17:

Kennedy established himself as one of the premier interior defensive linemen in the game while playing 11 NFL seasons (1990-2000), all with the Seahawks. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

1995 – Dennis Erickson gets his first win as coach of the Seahawks, 24-21 over the Bengals at the Kingdome. Rick Mirer passes for two touchdowns, while completing 21 of 30 passes, and Chris Warren adds a third TD as part of his 24-carry, 109-yard game.

2006 – Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy is inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor during a 21-10 win over the Cardinals. Kennedy, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, is the 10th member of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor – joining Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Curt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Dave Krieg and Chuck Knox.


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On this date: Mirer, Warren lead back-to-back road wins

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 11:

1971: Mack Strong, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the fullback on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team, was born in Columbus, Ga. Strong would join the Seahawks in 1993 and spend his rookie season on the practice squad. From 1994-2007, he played in 201 games – second in franchise behind Je Nash (218); and blocked for a trio of 1,000-yard rushers – Chris Warren, Rickey Watters and Shaun Alexander.

1983 – The Seahawks win their first game under coach Chuck Knox, 17-10 over the New York Jets, as Curt Warner rushes for 128 yards on 24 carries and the team sets a club record with 57 rushing attempts. And you wonder why they called Knox’s offense Ground Chuck.

1994 – Rick Mirer passes for three touchdowns and Chris Warren runs for three as the Seahawks beat the Raiders 38-9 in Los Angeles to post back-to-back wins on the road to open the season for the first time since 1985.


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And the best first-round pick is …

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.


On this date: Mirer drafted

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 25:

1991: Chuck Knox signs a two-year contract extension through 1993, but the ’91 season would be his ninth and final with the Seahawks as the extension includes a buyout clause.

1993: Rick Mirer is selected with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. Following a productive rookie season when he started all 16 games and passed for 2,833 yards, Mirer would start 35 games over the next three seasons before being traded to the Bears in 1997.

1997: The Washington State Legislature passes the stadium-funding plan for Seahawks Stadium – Referendum 48. It is the next step necessary for Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the franchise from Ken Behring.

2008: Mike Holmgren wins the Horrigan Award, which is presented annually to the NFL executive who helps the media do its job. Not having won the award had become a running joke with the team’s coach and reporters who covered the Seahawks.

2009: Aaron Curry is selected with the fourth pick overall in the NFL Draft. Hailed as the “safest pick” in that year’s draft class, Curry would start 30 games at linebacker before being traded to the Raiders during the 2011 season.


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