Tackling trios

The Seahawks have had three or more players collect at least 100 tackles in the same season seven times in their first 35 years.

But it has happened only once since the 1996 season that we examined in the eighth installment of our series of seasonal recaps. That was in 2001, when the linebacking trio of Anthony Simmons (123), Chad Brown (106) and Levon Kirkland (101) turned the trick.

Since then, the only time the Seahawks have had two players do it in the same season was in 2009 – when linebacker David Hawthorne (116) and safety Jordan Babineaux (106) each did it for the first time in their careers.

Here’s a look at the other triple-digit tackling trios in franchise history, as well as the two seasons when five players each produced at least 100 tackles:

1976: Free safety Dave Brown (111), linebacker Mike Curtis (107), middle linebacker Ed Bradley (101).

1978: Middle linebacker Terry Beeson (club-record 153), linebacker Keith Butler (122), linebacker Sammy Green (115), cornerback Cornell Webster (113), free safety John Harris (113).

1980: Linebacker Michael Jackson (136), Harris (119), strong safety Keith Simpson (110), defensive tackle Robert Hardy (103), Beeson (101).

1981: Jackson (141), strong safety Kenny Easley (107), Butler (100).

1993: Free safety Eugene Robinson (111), linebacker Terry Wooden (106), middle linebacker Rod Stephens (105).

1996: Middle linebacker Dean Wells (107), linebacker Winston Moss (106), strong safety Robert Blackmon (102).

2001: Simmons, Brown, Kirkland.

And, speaking of tackles and trios, five players have led the Seahawks in tackles for at least three consecutive seasons: Beeson (1977-79), Jackson (1980-82), Fredd Young (1985-87), Chad Brown (1997-99) and Lofa Tatupu (2005-08).

Robinson also did it four times, but not consecutively (1988-89, 1992-93); while Simmons did it three times, but not in a row (2000-01, 2003).

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Last week’s item about Eugene Robinson’s rare Triple Crown in 1993 – when he became the only player in franchise history to be voted team MVP, Man of the Year and the Steve Largent Award in the same season – set off a search for other historic “threes” in Seahawks history.

In chronological order, here are five three-feats that are triple impressive:

Terry Beeson – The middle linebacker led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1977-79), including a single-season club-record 153 in 1978. Beeson had 401 tackles in that three-season stretch, which included a 14-game season in 1977.

Brian Blades – In leading the team in receptions during one three-season span (1993-95), he had 238 of his 581 career receptions – second on the team’s all-time list behind Steve Largent (819). Blades turned in the most-productive three-season run in franchise history by catching 80 passes in 1980, 81 in 1994 and 77 in 1995.

Shawn Alexander – It took only three seasons (2003-05) for the team’s all-time leading rusher to compile 5,011 of his club-record 9,429 yards. And each season was better than the previous, as Alexander had 1,435 yards in 2003, a conference-leading 1,696 in 2004 and a league-leading and club-record 1,880 in 2005.

Lofa Tatupu – The middle linebacker went to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons after being selected in the second round of the 2005 draft. Tatupu also led the team in tackles in each of those three seasons (2005-07), totaling 337. Julian Peterson is the only other linebacker in club history to go to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons (2006-08).

Leon Washington – He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns last season, his first with the team after being obtained in a draft-day trade with the New York Jets. Washington had 101- and 99-yarders in a Week 3 win over the Chargers and a 92-yarder in a Week 14 loss at San Francisco. The previous club record for TD returns in a career was one.

Which three-feat ranks as the best? You make the call.

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