Norm Johnson’s reaction when told he had been selected as the kicker on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team was equal parts satisfaction and surprise.
“That’s totally cool. I’m excited,” Johnson said. “It’s just surprising that people remember me.”
Actually, “hard to forget” might be a better description of Johnson being included on the read-selected team – and by a staggering margin, as he totaled more votes (1,598) than the other five kickers on the ballot combined.
All this for a player who last kicked for the Seahawks in 1990. Only four other members of the 35th Anniversary team played their last game for the Seahawks before Johnson’s finale – Steve Largent (1989), Fredd Young (1987), Kenny Easley (1987) and Dave Brown (1986). Largent, Brown and Easley are in the team’s Ring of Honor.
When Johnson left the Seahawks, he was the franchise’s all-time leader in points scored in a career (810) and season (110 in 1984); field goals in a career (159), season (23 in 1990) and game (five in 1987 and 1988); field-goal percentage for a career (.697) and season (.833 in ’84); most 50-plus field goals in a career (10) and season (five in 1986); and PATs in a career (333) and season (50 in ’84).
While Josh Brown, Todd Peterson and Olindo Mare broke many of Johnson’s marks, he remains the leader in career points, with non-kickers Shaun Alexander (672) and Largent (608) second and third; career field goals and PATs; and still shares the mark for most field goals in a game and most 50-plus field goals in a season.
The surprised, but also satisfied, Johnson recalls his nine seasons with the Seahawks – and 18-year NFL career – in the fifth profile of the 29 players on the 35th Anniversary team.