The Seahawks had a third player selected to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s: Shaun Alexander.
Seahawks.com did a story last week about left tackle Walter Jones and left guard Steve Hutchinson being voted to the team. It was unclear at that time, however, whether Alexander or the Giants’ Tiki Barber would be the fourth running back to join the Chargers’ LaDainian Tomlinson; Edgerrin James, who played seven games last season with the Seahawks after much more productive stints with the Colts (2000-05) and Cardinals (2006-08); and Jamal Lewis, who played with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
But Alexander was the choice when the team was announced Sunday, and it’s difficult to overlook just how productive he was from 2001-05: 7,504 rushing yards, including a league-leading 1,880 in 2005; and 98 touchdowns, with a then-NFL record 28 coming during his league MVP season in 2005.
Much of Alexander’s production, of course, came while running behind Jones and Hutchinson on the left side.
“One thing about Shaun, he does not want to be in a group,” former Seahawks running backs coach Stump Mitchell once said. “He wants to be a group of one. Period.”
Alexander probably won’t mind being part of this prestigious group.
The All-Decade team also included center Kevin Mawae, who was the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice in 1994 and started for four seasons before developing into an eight-time Pro Bowl player with the Jets and Titans; and Bears center Olin Kreutz, who played at the University of Washington.