1986: Steve Largent catches a game-high eight passes for 82 yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 28-24. Kenny Easley (two tackles) and Fredd Young (one tackle) also are on the AFC squad.
1992: John L. Williams (four carries for 8 yards, one reception) and Cortez Kennedy represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl, but the NFC wins 21-15.
1996: Owner Ken Behring announces he is relocating the franchise to Southern California, a move that is later blocked by the NFL.
1997: Cortez Kennedy has six tackles to help the AFC take a 26-23 overtime victory in the Pro Bowl. Michael Sinclair (one tackle) also is on the AFC squad.
1998: Jim Zorn, the club’s original quarterback who had been an offensive assistant on Dennis Erickson’s staff, leaves to become the QB coach with the Lions. Zorn would return to be the Seahawks QB coach.
Tags: Cortez Kennedy, Fredd Young, Jim Zorn, John L. Williams, Ken Behring, Kenny Easley, Michael Sinclair, On this date, Steve Largent
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A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 1:
1987: Fredd Young recovers a fumble to set up the only touchdown in the game as the AFC wins the Pro Bowl 10-6. Jacob Green also recovers a fumble and has a tackle for a loss, while Steve Largent and Bobby Joe Edmonds also are on the AFC squad.
1998: Warren Moon is named MVP in the Pro Bowl after leading the AFC to a 29-24 victory. Moon directs the AFC to points on each of his three series, including his 1-yard TD run with 1:49 left to play. Moon also passes to Tim Brown for a 57-yard gain that sets up Eddie George’s 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks’ Michael Sinclair recovers a fumbled snap that leads to Moon’s decisive score. Darryl Williams also recovers a fumble in the game.
Tags: Darryl Williams, Fredd Young, Jacob Green, Michael Sinclair, On this date, Warren Moon
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A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 27:
1985: Fredd Young blocks a punt to set up a touchdown, Norm Johnson kicks two field goals and Kenny Easley has a game-high 10 tackles as the AFC wins the Pro Bowl 22-14. The Seahawks’ largest Pro Bowl contingent in franchise history also includes Steve Largent, Dave Krieg, Joe Nash and Dave Brown.
Tags: Dave Brown, Dave Krieg, Fredd Young, Joe Nash, Kenny Easley, Norm Johnson, On this date, Steve Largent
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A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 7:
The P-word. While the Seahawks were going 3-1 to open the second half of their season, the Bears and Falcons split their first four games, the Lions went 1-3 and the Giants 0-4.
The sum of those records is that the Seahawks, even at 5-7, could make a playoff run – if they continue to win; the 6-6 Giants and 7-5 Lions continue to struggle; and the 7-5 Bears and 7-5 Falcons slip.
Farfetched, of course, but not so much so that coach Pete Carroll didn’t have to field a question about the possibility after Tuesday’s bonus practice in a week when the Seahawks are preparing to face the Rams at CenturyLink Field on Monday night.
“That kind of question is good,” Carroll said. “It’s good those questions are out there. That means there are some possibilities and things like that.”
Just don’t expect Carroll to breakout a spreadsheet and dissect just how it is that a team that started 2-6 can even be remotely including in the playoff patter in December.
“It just reemphasizes to us how important it is to go to work this week,” he said. “None of that matters unless you do something this week and you set yourself what that opportunity at hand.
“It’s a long ways away right now.”
A trip that, after Monday night’s game against the 2-10 Rams, will take the Seahawks to Chicago to face the Bears on Dec. 18; back to CenturyLink Field to host the NFC West champion 49ers on Christmas Eve; and then to Arizona to close the regular season on Jan. 1 against the 5-7 Cardinals.
“HEATER” IN SELECT COMPANY
Fredd Young. Brian Bosworth. Rufus Porter. Chad Brown. Lofa Tatupu. And now David Hawthorne.
What does Hawthorne have in common with some of the most famous – and one of the most infamous – linebackers in franchise history? He joined their ranks today when Hawthorne was selected NFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Seahawks’ middle linebacker returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown and shared the team lead with six tackles in a 31-14 victory over the Eagles last Thursday night.
Young (Week 2) and Bosworth (Week 15) were honored in 1987; Porter (Week 13) in 1991; Brown in 1997 (Week 3) and 2003 (Week 17); and Tatupu (Week 13) in 2007.
This is the first time Hawthorne has been honored, but he is the second Seahawks defensive player to be selected in the past three weeks as defensive end Chris Clemons was the pick after his three-sack, two-forced fumble outing against the Rams in Week 11.
Making Hawthorne’s efforts against the Eagles even more impressive is the fact that it was not decided whether he would be able to play until just before the game because of a knee injury that limited him in practice during the week and left him listed as questionable for the game.
“We didn’t know until the last minute when we had to put in who was going to be up and down,” Carroll said after the game. “He said, ‘Don’t hug me, I’m full of DMSO and I have stuff all over me.’ He was really trying to work it like crazy to get out there, and he shows up with a 77-yard run.
“How cool is that?”
Very cool for the player his teammates call “Heater.”
Hawthorne, a third-year starter, leads the Seahawks with 78 tackles and is seeking to become the sixth player in franchise history to lead the team for three consecutive seasons – a group that includes Terry Beeson (1977-79), Michael Jackson (1980-82), Young (1985-87), Brown (1997-99) and Tatupu (2005-08).
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a nominee for Offensive Player of the Week after running for 148 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles, but the choice was Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton. Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner also was a nominee for Defensive Player of the Week. He had two interceptions against the Eagles.
HELP LYNCH MAKE A RUN
Lynch, the Seahawks’ Skittles-munching running back, has been nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his 148-yard, two-touchdown performance in last Thursday night’s 31-14 victory over the Eagles. Both marks were season highs.
But Lynch faces stiff competition in the voting at NFL.com from the Titans’ Chris Johnson, who rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns; and the Ravens’ Ray Rice, who ran for 204 yards and a touchdown.
So help Lynch out and vote for him here.
STAT DU JOUR
With their 3-1 surge to start the second half of the season, the Seahawks have tied for the second best third-quarter record in franchise history and have a chance to match the second best five-game mark with a win over the Rams on Monday night. Here’s how the 2011 Seahawks stack up in both categories:
First four games of second half
First five games of the second half
The players return from Tuesday’s bonus “off” day on Wednesday to begin another mismatched week as they prepare for Monday night’s game. Thursday will be like a normal Wednesday; Friday like Thursday; and Saturday like Friday. They will practice each day.
Tickets are available for the Rams game and can be purchased here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Leroy has really been solid. He’s a real tough-minded guy and an aggressive guy that brings good attitude. He’s been very settling to the changes and so many young guys playing on the defensive side. He’s always stood for the classic tough-guy mentality that we love and he’s had really, really good season.” – Carroll on linebacker Leroy Hill, whose story in featured here
Tags: Chad Brown, David Hawthorne, Fredd Young, Hawkville, Leroy Hill, Lofa Tatupu, Marshawn Lynch, Pete Carroll
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A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 23:
1980: Will Lewis returns a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, but the Seahawks fall to the Broncos 36-20 in Denver.
1986: The Seahawks begin a five-game winning streak as they jump to a 21-6 lead and hold on a 24-20 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg passes 72 yards to Daryl Turner for one touchdown and Bobby Joe Edmonds returns a punt 75 yards for another. The Seahawks sack Randall Cunningham nine times, including three by Fredd Young.
2003: Matt Hasselbeck passes for five touchdowns and 333 yards as the Seahawks take leads of 27-10 and 41-24, only to have the Ravens storm back with 38 second-half points and win 44-41 in overtime. Matt Stover ties the game with a 40-yard field goal as time expired in regulation and then wins it with a 42-yarder in overtime to end the four-hour game. Darrell Jackson catches seven passes for 146 yards, including an 80-yard TD.
2008: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to John Carlson and Maurice Morris, but Shaun Suisham kicks a 22-yard field goal midway through fourth to give the Redskins a 20-17 victory in Seattle. Julian Peterson has two sacks among his 10 tackles.
Tags: Bobby Joe Edmonds, Darrell Jackson, Daryl Turner, Dave Krieg, Fredd Young, John Carlson, Julian Peterson, Matt Hasselbeck, Maurice Morris, On this date, Will Lewis
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Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 15:
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes a look at the loss of rookie right guard John Moffitt to a season-ending knee injury: “Moffitt suffered injuries to the medial collateral and post collateral ligaments in his right knee. He will have to undergo surgery.”
Also from O’Neil, a look at the potential that came with Sunday’s upset victory over the Ravens: “There are 10 NFL teams with six victories or more. The Seahawks are one of five teams to have beaten two of those teams that are 6-3 or better. None of the four other teams to accomplish the feat has fewer than six wins, let alone the 3-6 record Seattle holds. So what do the Seahawks take from Sunday’s victory? ‘We had another really good illustration that we can win against a division-leading team,’ Carroll said. ‘You play good, solid football with the right approach and you take care of the football.’ ”
Dave Boling at the News Tribune takes a look at the penalties that continue to plague the Seahawks, including 13 for 100 yards in Sunday’s game against the Ravens: “The problem is not new, and it’s only getting worse. The Seahawks now have 83 accepted penalties in nine games – more than they had in six entire seasons since 1987. They’re the second-most flagrant scofflaws in the NFL, trailing only the Oakland Raiders (91), who have long ago retired the Golden Hochuli Award for on-field anarchy.”
Gerry Spratt at PI.com provides one more look at the move Marshawn Lynch put on Ray Lewis near the end of Sunday’s game, and it worth at least another look or three.
John Boyle at the Everett Herald runs through the injury updates after Sunday’s game, including the concussions received by Sidney Rice, Kam Chancellor and Doug Baldwin: “ ‘We’re not going to know until Thursday or Friday on these guys whether they’ll be able to play or not because of the process that they have to go through,’ Carroll said.”
Also at the Herald, Scott Johnson continues his “The Game of My Life” series with a look at Fredd Young: “Fredd Young first jumped on to the football radar during his senior season at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, but it wasn’t until a couple years later that he really made a name for himself. Or, more accurately, Britt Mayberry made the name for him. Mayberry, a little-known backup linebacker on the New Mexico State football team, was the person who suggested that Frederick Kimball Young change the spelling of his shortened first name. Mayberry told his teammate, Fred Young, that he should add a second ‘D’ to his name because he hit so hard it made opposing players stutter. And so Fred Young became Fredd Young.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “Five Observations” from the Seahawks’ upset of the Ravens, including: “Seahawks had the better quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson outplayed Joe Flacco by a shockingly wide margin. Jackson hung tough in the pocket when pressure was mounting and delivered the ball accurately, including to Marshawn Lynch. But the most impressive play for Jackson showcased his strong arm. Jackson, supposedly limited by a strained right pectoral muscle, threw a pass 45 yards in the air to Doug Baldwin on an across-the-body throw while rolling hard to his left. Not many quarterbacks can make that type of throw. Flacco repeatedly missed receivers. He missed one potential touchdown on a deep pass and another when tight end Dennis Pitta slipped behind linebacker Leroy Hill in the end zone. Flacco overthrew both passes. He also threw into double coverage in the end zone on another play. Seattle’s Brandon Browner and Earl Thomas collided while trying to make the pick, or else this would have been an interception.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look back at Steven Hauschka’s five-field goal performance in our “Monday Metatarsal Musings”: “Sunday, he was your basic bundle of nerves during pregame warm-ups – usually the barometer of how a kicker’s day will go – because the Seahawks’ opponent was the team that released him in November of 2009. ‘The funny thing is I didn’t even kick well in warm-ups,’ Hauschka said. ‘It just kind of came together during the game. I was kind of distracted during warm-ups because I knew half the guys on the other sideline. But once I got that out of there, then I felt like I started kicking well.’ ‘
Tags: Cyber surfing, Doug Baldwin, Fredd Young, John Moffitt, Kam Chancellor, Marshawn Lynch, Pete Carroll, Sidney Rice, Steven Hauschka, Tarvaris Jackson
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Our recap of the Seahawks’ 1997 season focused on the arrivals that changed the course of the franchise – starting with owner Paul Allen, but also including free-agent addition Chad Brown and draft choices Walter Jones and Shawn Springs.
All three players were voted to the 35th Anniversary team, making ’97 one of eight years when more than one member of the reader-selected team joined the Seahawks.
But which “class” is the class of the 35th Anniversary team? Check out their credentials and then vote for your favorite:
1976 – Steve Largent and Dave Brown. These two were there at the start. Largent arrived in an Aug. 26 trade with the Houston Oilers and went on to set franchise records – and, at the time he retired after the 1989 season, NFL records – for receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and TD catches (100). Brown was obtained in the March 30 veteran allocation draft and became the club’s all-time leader in interceptions (50) and interception returns for touchdowns (five).
1982 – Joe Nash and Norm Johnson. Each arrived after the NFL draft, as a rookie free agent. Each performed like a first-round draft choice. In 15 seasons, Nash played in more games than anyone in franchise history (218). He also shares the all-time lead in blocked field goals (eight), ranks third in tackles (779) and sixth in sacks (47½). Johnson holds the club record for points scored (810), field goals (159) and PATs (333).
1984 – Bryan Millard and Fredd Young. Millard came to the Seahawks after playing two seasons in the old USFL, while Young was a third-round draft choice and went to the Pro Bowl twice as a linebacker and twice as a special teams performer. Millard started 99 games and was the best lineman in franchise history until Jones was selected in the first-round of the 1997 draft. Young led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1985-87).
1988 – Brian Blades and Rufus Porter. Blades was the team’s top choice, selected in the second round. Porter was a free-agent addition, and a late one at that. Blades ranks second to Largent in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620), and he’s No. 5 in TD catches (34). He caught 80 and 81 passes in 1993 and ’94, the most productive two-season stretch in franchise history. Porter is the only player voted to two spots on the 35th Anniversary team – linebacker and special teams player. He ranks No. 7 in sacks (37½), including a club-leading 10 in 1991; and led the team in special teams tackles in back-to-back seasons (1988-89).
1991 – Michael Sinclair and Rick Tuten. Sinclair was a sixth-round draft choice, while Tuten was signed on Oct. 9 – the third punter used by the Seahawks that season. Sinclair ranks second on the club’s all-time list in sacks (73½), including a league-leading 16½ in 1998. He also led the team in sacks three other times. Tuten, who punted a league-high 108 times in 1992, is the club’s all-time leader in punts (554), yards (24,266) and punts inside the 20 (147).
1997 – Chad Brown, Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. Brown was the team’s big free-agent addition, while Springs and Jones were acquired with the third and sixth picks in the draft. Brown led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1997-99). He ranks No. 3 in fumble recoveries (13), No. 4 in tackles (744) and No. 5 in sacks (48). Springs is tied for fifth in interceptions (20), and returned two for touchdowns. Jones was voted to a franchise-high nine Pro Bowls and ranks second to Largent (197) in games started (180).
2000 – Robbie Tobeck and Shaun Alexander. Tobeck was signed in free agency, after playing his first six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Alexander was selected in the first round of the draft. From his center position, Tobeck anchored the line that helped Alexander become the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (9,429) and touchdowns (100). Their best season came in 2005, when Alexander was voted the league MVP after leading the NFL in rushing and scoring a then-NFL record 28 TDs; and Tobeck was voted to the only Pro Bowl of his career.
2001 – Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Hutchinson and Bobby Engram. Hasselbeck was acquired in a March trade with the Green Bay Packers. Hutchinson was a first-round pick in the April draft. Engram was signed in September, after being released by the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks never would have made it to the Super Bowl in 2005 without these three – as Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards and 24 TDs; Hutchinson joined Jones to form the most formidable side of any line in football; and Engram led the team with 67 receptions. Hasselbeck has become the franchise leader in career completions (2,572) and passing yards (29,579) and ranks second in TD passes (176). Hutchinson was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (2003-05). Engram also set a franchise record with 94 receptions in 2007.
Impressive stuff. But which “class” was the most impressive? You make the call …
Tags: Bobby Engram, Brian Blades, Bryan Millard, Chad Brown, Dave Brown, Fredd Young, Joe Nash, Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Sinclair, Norm Johnson, Rick Tuten, Robbie Tobeck, Rufus Porter, Shaun Alexander, Shawn Springs, Steve Hutchinson, Steve Largent, Walter Jones
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The most-successful season in franchise history? Easy, it was 2005. The Seahawks won a best-ever 13 games, including a club record 11 in a row; won the only conference championship in the team’s first 35 seasons; and played in the Super Bowl for the first time.
But the best individual season in franchise history? Just as easy? The obvious choice is what Shaun Alexander did in ’05, when he became the only Seahawk ever voted league MVP while scoring a then-NFL record 28 touchdowns and rushing for a league-leading and club-record 1,880 yards.
But was it really the best single-season effort in the team’s first 35 seasons? Here are 10 others to ponder, in chronological order:
Kenny Easley in 1984 – The Pro Bowl and All-Pro strong safety was voted NFL defensive player of the year, as he intercepted an AFC-leading 10 passes and returned two for touchdowns. He also volunteered to return punts and averaged 12.1 yards.
Steve Largent in 1984 – It was difficult to select a single season for the Hall of Fame wide receiver. He did, after all, lead the team in receiving for 12 consecutive seasons (1976-87). But in ’84, when he was voted All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl, Largent had 74 receptions for 1,164 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He had seasons with more receptions (79 in 1985; 75 in 1981; and 74 in 1984). He had seasons with more yards (a club-record 1,287 in ’85; 1,237 in 1979; and 1,224 in 1981). But the 12 TD catches in ’84 were a career-high, and the reception and yardage totals in the team’s 12-4 season were close enough. Others also had more receptions (94 by Bobby Engram in 2007; 87 by Darrell Jackson in 2004; and 81 and 80 by Brian Blades in 1994 and 1993). But they didn’t have the yardage and TD totals to match Largent’s ’84 season.
Fredd Young in 1985 – This was the crossroads season in his four-year stay with the club, as Young the linebacker led the team in tackles (the first of three seasons in a row) and Young the coverage man was voted to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player (for the second consecutive season).
Cortez Kennedy in 1992 – On a team that went 2-14, Kennedy was the NFL defensive player of the year. In addition to producing a career-high and team-leading 14 sacks, the Pro Bowl and All-Pro defensive tackle also had a career-high 93 tackles – and many of them had to be seen to be believed.
Eugene Robinson in 1993 – The Pro Bowl and All-Pro free safety led the team in tackles (111) and interceptions (nine). He also did it in 1992 (94 and seven), but not with the totals he put up in ’93.
Joey Galloway in 1998 – In his final full season with the Seahawks, Galloway used his speed and explosiveness to lead the team in receptions (65 for a 16.1-yard average and 10 TDs) and also averaged 10.0 yards returning punts with two more scores.
Ricky Watters in 2000 – While he never came close to rushing for the numbers Alexander compiled in 2005, Watters led the team in rushing (1,242 yards) in 2000 and also shared the lead in receptions (63, the fourth-highest total by a running back in club history). Fullback John L. Williams also led the team in rushing (once) and receiving (three times), but never in the same season.
Josh Brown in 2004 – The clutch-kicking Brown was almost perfect in 2004, when he made each of his 40 PATs and 23 of 25 field-goal attempts, including 16 in a row to tie the then-club record. Olindo Mare in 2009, when he was 28-of-28 and 24-of-26 and also began a consecutive field-goal streak that would reach 30 games in 2010? Brown got the nod on points scored, 109-100.
Walter Jones in 2006 — It’s just so diffucult to find stats that describe just how dominant the All-Pro and Pro Bowl left tackle was. But in ’06, The Sportings News ranked Jones not as the best blocker in the NFL but the best player. Period. Here’s what they had to say: “Walter Jones may not be the most exciting player in the NFL — he’s an offensive tackle, for cryin’ out loud — but he is the most efficient. Instead of making big plays, he prevents them. Over and over and over, with the consistency of a fine timepiece. The Seahawks’ left tackle makes domination so routine, he barely is noticed. But we are not taking Jones for granted. On our list of the 101 best players in the NFL, he’s No. 1.”
Matt Hasselbeck in 2007 – It was the last time he started 16 games, and Hasselbeck made the most of it by setting club records for completions (352) and passing yards (3,966) and also throwing a career-high 28 TD passes. Dave Krieg had a club-record 32 TD passes and 3,671 yards in 1984, but he threw 24 interceptions – compared to 12 for Hasselbeck in ’07.
So whose season was the best season? You make the call.
Tags: Cortez Kennedy, Eugene Robinson, Fredd Young, Joey Galloway, Josh Brown, Kenny Easley, Matt Hasselbeck, Ricky Watters, Shaun Alexander, Steve Largent, Walter Jones
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Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 26:
John Clayton of ESPN.com takes a look at possible suitors for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, and what it might take to prey him away from Philly. Clayton lists the Arizona Cardinals as the leading team to make a pitch for the promising passer, at 2-1 odds. He has the Seahawks at 10-1, offering: “Pete Carroll has said he’s interested in Kolb, but will the Seahawks offer a first-round pick to acquire him? At the very least, they can stay in the bidding and make the Cardinals pay more for Kolb.”
Playing off Clayton’s story, ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando has a poll asking how much the Cardinals or Seahawks should pay for Kolb. You can vote here.
Sando also has a quarter breakdown of when the NFC West sack leaders generated them last season. The Seahawks’ Chris Clemons led the division with 11, and five came in the third quarter.
Pat Kirwan at NFL.com ranks the league’s QBs and has Hasselbeck at No. 22, in Group E that also includes David Garrard, Chad Henne, Donovan McNabb and Matthew Stafford, offering: “He had seven touchdowns to one interception in the playoffs and still has some tread left on the tires. He’s a free agent and hopefully he stays in Seattle. His 11 postseason games, including a trip to the Super Bowl, is the kind of experience a team will need if the lockout goes deep into the summer.” Kirwan has Kolb at No. 28, in Group F.
The owners’ annual spring meeting has ended, but the lockout continues. And there are several interesting points of view on the situation available:
Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters during his wrap-up session at the meetings that the league already is seeing the negative impact of the work stoppage – including Goodell being booed by fans at the NFL Draft last month. Said Goodell: “I think it’s clearly had an impact on our fans already. You see that in the various metrics we have, whether it’s ratings or traffic on NFL.com – we see that.”
Joe Linta, an agent who represents 45 NFL players, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he would like a copy of the owners’ latest proposal on a new CBA so he can take it to his clients. Says Linta: “These guys are driving these players right off a cliff right now. I told a father of one of my players who got drafted, it’s 50-50 this season is not going to happen. These coaches are starting to go looney-toon too.”
Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the quality of play will be down and the risk of injury down because the players are missing offseason minicamps and OTAs. Crowder also said he thinks some players are starting to run out of money. Says Crowder: “You have the first-, second-year guys – they buy a house, they buy a $100,000 car and now they’re broke and they had just enough money to make it to this next season. And I know it. I know plenty of guys that are like that and (there are) already guys trying to take loans out.”
Andrew Brandt, a former league executive and agent, writes on ESPN.com that it’s time for the players and their representatives to adopt a new strategy. Offers Brandt, ESPN’s business analyst: “I sincerely hope for two things in the coming weeks: 1. That the NFLPA’s Plan B – if the players lose on appeal – is a willingness to move from litigation to negotiation and make a deal; 2. That the NFL – if it wins on appeal – uses the leverage of an indefinite lockout fairly and reasonably with its most important partner, the players, for a deal that will define their relationship for years to come. As the NFL has found out, no one wins with a one-sided agreement.”
Les Carpenter of YahooSports.com says the union never should have decertified. Writes Carpenter: “For all of his shouting and table pounding and proclamations that the NFL Players Association “went to the mattresses” with the NFL, here is where DeMaurice Smith has his decertified union two months into the lockout: about to argue a case it will probably not win in a labor battle his constituents will soon tire of fighting.”
The NFL Coaches Association, headed by former Seahawks assistant coach Larry Kennan, has filed a brief supporting the players’ efforts to end the lockout. According to the report from the Associated Press, “No individual coaches were identified in the brief, which said that the eight new coaches hired this year face particularly daunting odds of success if the lockout is not lifted soon.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles profiling the players voted to the 35th Anniversary team. The latest is on a pair of special teams aces who became productive linebackers: Fredd Young and Rufus Porter. We’ve also got a look at the top Pro Bowl-to-seasons played performers in franchise history.
Tags: Chris Clemons, Fredd Young, Matt Hasselbeck, Rufus Porter
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Fredd Young is one of two players in Seahawks history who went to the Pro Bowl each season he was with the team. The other is linebacker Julian Peterson.
Young made it 4 for 4 from 1984-87 by going as a special teams player his first two seasons and then as a linebacker his final two seasons. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a pair of first-round draft choice in 1988.
It’s fitting that Young went twice as a linebacker because when asked once why he had a second “D” in his first name, he offered through a smile, “It stands for defense.”
Peterson went three times in three seasons, all as a linebacker.
Here are the Top 10 players in franchise history in Pro Bowls-to-seasons played:
Player Pro Bowls Seasons Pct.
Fredd Young 4 4 1.000
Julian Peterson 3 3 1.000
Cortez Kennedy 8 11 .727
Kenny Easley 5 7 .714
Walter Jones 9 13 .692
Steve Hutchinson 3 5 .600
Steve Largent 7 14 .500
Lofa Tatupu 3 6 .500
Warren Moon 1 2 .500
Curt Warner 3 7 .429
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