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What’s the best single day in Seahawks draft history?

Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson

In past years, we’ve asked you to weigh-in on the best selections by round in the NFL Draft for the Seahawks, and also to vote on the best draft choice in franchise history.

But which was the single best day in the draft for the Seahawks?

The idea for this poll was planted during a hallway conversation at Virginia Mason Athletic Center with one of the team’s scouts, as we discussed what the team was able to accomplish on the second day of the 2012 draft.

That’s when Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson were selected in the second and third rounds. If you’re not familiar with their contributions to the team going 11-5 during the regular season and winning the franchise’s first road playoff game since 1983, well, you probably have no business voting in this poll.

But as a not-so-subtle reminder: Wagner led the Seahawks’ No. 4-ranked defense in tackles and finished second in balloting for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year; while Wilson tied the NFL rookie record by throwing 26 touchdown passes and finished third in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

But was that the best single-day draft performance in club history? Here are three others to consider:

1990: The Seahawks began the day by trading up to the No. 3 spot in the first round with the Patriots to select defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, who became the most-decorated defensive player in franchise history and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last summer. But before that first day was over, the Seahawks also had added linebacker Terry Wooden and strong safety Robert Blackmon (second round) and eventual Pro Bowl running back Chris Warren (fourth round).

2010: In the first draft under GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, in the first draft where it was expanded to three days and the first round only was conducted on the first day, the Seahawks selected Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung with the sixth pick overall and then added All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas with the 14th pick.

1997: The Seahawks also had two first-round picks this year, and used them to selected Pro Bowl cornerback Shawn Springs (third pick overall) and All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones (sixth pick). While Springs was a solid starter for seven seasons, Jones was voted to more Pro Bowls (nine) than any player in franchise history and already has had his No. 71 retired. The 1-2 punch of Springs and Jones also trumps the other two years when the team had two picks in the first round – 2000 (Shaun Alexander and Chris McIntosh) and 2001 (Koren Robinson and Steve Hutchinson).

But which one day was the best day? You make the call …

Cortez Kennedy, Terry Wooden, Chris WarrenEarl Thomas, Russell OkungWalter Jones, Shawn SpringsBobby Wagner, Russell Wilson


On this date: Tez rambles for six

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 13:

Cortez Kennedy

1980: The Chargers take a 21-0 halftime lead and hold on for a 21-14 victory in San Diego, as Jim Jodat and Steve Largent score second-half touchdowns.

1981: Kenny Easley and John Harris intercept passes and Dave Krieg throws a touchdown pass to David Hughes, but it’s not enough in a 23-13 loss to the Broncos at Mile High Stadium.

1987: Dave Krieg throws three touchdown passes, including two to Ray Butler, and the defense sacks John Elway four times and intercepts him twice in a 28-21 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.

1992: Hershel Walker scores a touchdown with less than five minutes to play in regulation to tie the score and Roger Ruzek kicks a 44-yard field goal in overtime to give the Eagles a 20-17 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome. The defense sacks Randall Cunningham 10 times, including 2½ by Rufus Porter and Robert Blackmon and two by Cortez Kennedy, but the offense generates only 87 total yards.

1998: Cortez Kennedy returns a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown and the defense also intercepts a club-record seven passes in a 38-17 victory over the Chargers. Jay Bellamy, Darryl Williams and Shawn Springs each have two picks, and Terry McDaniel returns his 43 yards for a touchdown. Jon Kitna passes for one touchdown and runs for another.

2009: Andre Johnson catches 10 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns – in the first half – as the Titans hand the Seahawks a 34-7 loss in Houston.


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: Robinson comes up huge

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 14:

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

1976: Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third, but it isn’t enough as Fran Tarkenton throws a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to rally the Vikings to a 27-21 victory over the Seahawks in Minneapolis.

1982: The Seahawks’ game at St. Louis is cancelled, the last before the players’ strike ends.

1993: Eugene Robinson has 11 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a 22-5 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome. The defense forces seven turnovers as Robert Blackmon scores on a 5-yard fumble return and Antonio Edwards registers a safety.

1999: Jon Kitna throws a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sean Dawkins midway through the fourth quarter as the Seahawks pull out a 20-17 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome to run their record to 7-2.

2010: Olindo Mare kicks five field goals to tie the club record, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 333 yards – the 18th of his club-record 19 300-yard performances – and Mike Williams catches 11 passes for a career-high 145 yards in a 36-18 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona.


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On this date: Kingdome block parties

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 3:

Michael McCrary

Michael McCrary

1996: Michael McCrary blocks Houston’s game-winning field goal attempt with 16 seconds to play, recovers the ball and laterals it to Robert Blackmon to complete a 68-yard touchdown return in a 23-16 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. John Friesz passes for 323 yards, the Seahawks’ first 300-yard passing performance since 1990.

1985: Terry Taylor returns an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and blocks a field goal attempt that is recovered by Byron Walker and returned 56 yards for a touchdown in a 33-3 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders at the Kingdome.


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On this date: Seahawks take their game outside

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 13:

1994: The Seahawks play their first home game outdoors at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, beating the Buccaneers 29-6, because the Kingdome is closed for repairs after ceiling tiles fell in July. On field highlights include a safety-producing sack from strong safety Robert Blackmon and a fumble return for a touchdown by first-round draft choice tackle Sam Adams.


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After all these years, they’re still ‘The Rookie Club’

CANTON, Ohio – They arrived in the 1990 NFL Draft from various corners of the college football landscape, but the bond between Cortez Kennedy, Robert Blackmon, Terry Wooden and Chris Warren was almost as instant as it has been lasting.

They dubbed themselves “The Rookie Club,” and they are having a reunion here this weekend because Kennedy is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight – with the nationally televised event from Fawcett Stadium set to kickoff at 4 p.m., PDT.

Kennedy was the third pick overall in that fateful draft out of the University of Miami. He was voted to eight Pro Bowls during his 11-season career with the Seahawks, named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and also selected to the NFL All-Decade team for the 1990s.

The second round delivered Blackmon, the strongest of strong safeties from Baylor who would lead the team in interceptions in 1995 and start 96 games in seven seasons; and Wooden, a do-it-all linebacker from Syracuse who would lead the team in tackles in 1995 and start 87 games in seven seasons. Warren, a steal of a fourth-round pick out of Ferrum, led the team in punt and kickoff returns for three seasons before becoming a 1,000-yard rusher from 1992-95. He also was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

These cornerstone players are here to show their support for Kennedy because, well, that’s what “The Rookie Club” has always been about – taking care of, and looking out for, one another.

“Cortez is deserving of it,” Wooden, who now scouts for the Saints, said Friday night as he was leaving the event where Kennedy was presented his gold Hall of Fame jacket. “I got emotional when he finally made it to the Hall, because he was a good player but he’s an even better person.

“America really never got to see Cortez Kennedy, because he played in the 90s before you had Direct TV and the national coverage that the Seahawks get now. I think America missed out on seeing a pretty dominant player. Tez would have made it earlier if more people had actually seen him play.

“If they had, it would have been a no-brainer.”


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 13:

1980: The Chargers take a 21-0 halftime lead and hold on for a 21-14 victory in San Diego, as Jim Jodat and Steve Largent score second-half touchdowns.

1981: Kenny Easley and John Harris intercept passes and Dave Krieg throws a touchdown pass to David Hughes, but it’s not enough in a 23-13 loss to the Broncos at Mile High Stadium.

1987: Dave Krieg throws three touchdown passes, including two to Ray Butler, and the defense sacks John Elway four times and intercepts him twice in a 28-21 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.

1992: Hershel Walker scores a touchdown with less than five minutes to play in regulation to tie the score and Roger Ruzek kicks a 44-yard field goal in overtime to give the Eagles a 20-17 victory at the Kingdome. The defense sacks Randall Cunningham 10 times, including 2½ by Rufus Porter and Robert Blackmon and two by Cortez Kennedy, but the offense generates only 87 total yards.

1998: Cortez Kennedy returns a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown and the defense also intercepts a club-record seven passes in a 38-17 victory over the Chargers.

2009: Andre Johnson catches 10 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns – in the first half – as the Texans hand the Seahawks a 34-7 loss in Houston.


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On this date

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

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.

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

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 14:

1976: Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third, but it isn’t enough as Fran Tarkenton throws a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to rally the Vikings to a 27-21 victory over the Seahawks in Minneapolis.

1982: The Seahawks’ game at St. Louis is cancelled, the last before the players’ strike ends.

1993: Eugene Robinson has 11 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a 22-5 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome. The defense forces seven turnovers as Robert Blackmon scores on a 5-yard fumble return and Antonio Edwards registers a safety.

1999: Jon Kitna throws a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sean Dawkins midway through the fourth quarter as the Seahawks pull out a 20-17 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome to run their record to 7-2.

2010: Olindo Mare kicks five field goals to tie the club record, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 333 yards – the 18th of his club-record 19 300-yard performances – and Mike Williams catches 11 passes for a career-high 145 yards in a 36-18 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona.


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