Seattle Seahawks

Facts and information about the Seattle Seahawks

  • The first former Seahawk in the Professional Football Hall-of-Fame was former Steelers great Franco Harris who finished his career in Seattle.
  • The first touchdown pass Jim Zorn threw during his career came in the Seahawks first game as a franchise.  It was a 15 yard third quarter score in a 30-24 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and was caught by Sam McCullum.
  • The first player ever awarded the Steve Largent Award by the Seattle Seahawks was none other than Steve Largent himself.
  • The Steve Largent Award is awarded each year to the team contributor who exemplifies the spirit, dedication, and integrity of former wide receiver Steve Largent.  Through 2009, only one player has won the award more than once.  Mack Strong won the award five times (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006).
  • In his rookie season in 1995, Joey Galloway rushed 11 times for 154 yards including an 86 yard touchdown run that was the longest run from scrimmage that year in the entire NFL.
  • Matt Hasselbeck’s first career touchdown pass as a Seahawks player was caught by Itula Mili.
  • Because of a one yard touchdown run he did two months shy of his 41st birthday in 1997 while playing for the Seahawks, Warren Moon is the oldest player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame to score a rushing touchdown.
  • The longest touchdown pass of Jim Zorn’s career came in 1977, it went for 82 yards and was caught by David Sims.
  • Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s first two NFL touchdown passes were thrown while he was a member of the Green Bay Packers.  The first one was caught by wide receiver Jeff Thomason in 1999 and the second by tight end Bubba Franks in 2000.
  • In the early 1980’s, in two differest games, the Seattle Seahawks gave up a touchdown pass to the great Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton.
  • Through 2010, the Seattle Seahawks are one of just five NFL teams that have never drafted a Heisman Trophy winner in the NFL Draft.
  • Jim Zorn threw touchdown passes to two different Pro Football Hall of Fame receivers during his career.  He threw 43 of them to Seahawks teammate Steve Largent.  During his one season in Green Bay he connected on a 52 yard touchdown pass to eventual Hall of Famer James Lofton.  That would also be the last touchdown pass he would throw in the National Football League.
  • The last touchdown pass Jim Zorn would throw with the Seahawks came in 1983 and went to David Hughes.
  • Jim Zorn threw more touchdown passes against the San Diego Chargers than he did against any other team.
  • The play that caused the shoulder injury that ended Brian Bosworth’s career came in week 2 of his third season in the league during a tackle of Cardinals fullback Ron Wolfley.
  • No quarterback has thrown for more touchdown passes against the Seahawks than Hall of Famer John Elway.  During his career he threw 44 touchdown passes against Seattle.
  • The Seahawks first season in the NFL was 1976; they entered the league as an expansion team along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Longtime Quarterback Dave Krieg’s alma mater, Milton College, no longer exists.
  • Jim Zorn was the first starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, he held that position for seven and a half years.

  • Jim Zorn, the original quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks finished his career playing 1985 with the Packers, 1986 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, and 1987 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Seahawks safety Kenny Easley was also drafted in the 1981 NBA Draft (10th round).

  • Longtime Seahawks fullback Mack Strong was the lead blocker for three different 1,000 yard rushers during his career: Chris Warren, Ricky Watters, and Shaun Alexander.

  • Longtime Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn was left-handed.

  • Jim Zorn was the NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year for the 1976 season, the Seahawks’ first.

  • In 2004, Jim Zorn’s daughter and Steve Largent’s son were both members of the Seattle Pacific University crew teams.

  • The first jersey number retired by the Seahawks was the number 12 which was retired to honor the Seahawks consistently loud fans that are often referred to as the 12th man.
  • There was an earlier use of the mascot Seahawks in professional football, in 1946 the Miami Seahawks played in the All-American Football Conference.
  • The team has used the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium as home field during three different seasons; 2000 & 2001 while awaiting their new stadium to be built, and for part of the 1994 season due to repairs needing to be done on the Kingdome.
  • The Seattle Seahawks were the first, and so far only, team to have played in both the AFC Championship Game and the NFC Championship Game.
  • The Seattle Seahawks first draft pick in franchise history was used on Defensive Tackle Steve Niehaus.
  • The Seahawks played their first season in the NFL as members of the NFC West Division; they then switched to the AFC West Division for their second season and stayed there through the 2001 season. Before the 2002 season, the Seahawks were switched back to the NFC West during a time when the NFL realigned their divisions.
  • In 2006, Running Back Shaun Alexander became the first Seattle Seahawk to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award.
  • In the Seahawks entire history (through the 2006 season), they have never worn their white jerseys at home. Only one other team can say that, their rivals the Oakland Raiders.
  • The first Seahawk known for his career in Seattle to be voted into the Hall-of-Fame was former Wide Receiver Steve Largent.
  • The Seahawks won their first two playoff games in franchise history (1983) and then won another playoff game in 1984; they wouldn’t win another playoff game until 2005.
  • In 1989, Defensive Lineman Joe Nash blocked three Field Goals in one season.
  • In 1989, Quarterback Dave Krieg fumbled the ball 18 times.
  • In 2005, Running Back Shaun Alexander gained over 100 yards rushing in 11 of the 16 regular season games.
  • During Running Back Curt Warner’s rookie season (1983), he scored 14 Touchdowns.
  • In 2004 the Seahawks signed legendary Wide Receiver Jerry Rice, he wore jersey #80 even though it had previously been retired to honor former Wide Receiver and Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent.
  • Mike McCormack is in the Hall-of-Fame based on his playing days with the New York Yanks and Cleveland Browns. During his time as an executive with the Seahawks, he served as Head Coach, President, and General Manager.
  • As of 2007, three players known for playing and making the Hall-of-Fame with other teams had played near the end of their careers with the Seattle Seahawks; Defensive Lineman Carl Eller (Vikings), Running Back Franco Harris (Steelers), and Quarterback Warren Moon (Oilers). Wide Receiver Jerry Rice will soon join this group.
  • The first player inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor was Wide Receiver Steve Largent in 1989. The second player inducted came in 1991 when former Quarterback Jim Zorn joined the honor roll.
  • Former Running Back, and third down specialist, “Doctor” Dan Doornink went to medical school while playing professional football.
  • Former Head Coach Dennis Erickson’s son played football for Central Washington University; during a visit to watch him play, Erickson caught sight of a young small college Quarterback who showed some promise. The Seahawks went on to sign Quarterback Jon Kitna after he completed his collegiate career as a CWU Wildcat.
  • The Seahawks have had two Head Coaches who have won Super Bowls with previous teams; Mike Holmgren (Packers) and Tom Flores (Raiders).
  • Paul Allen, who bought the Seahawks in 1997, is one of the original founders of the Microsoft Company.
  • After a home game in 2005 against the New York Giants in which the Giants were called for 11 false start penalties due to excessive crowd noise, the Seahawks presented the game ball to their fans who they felt had helped win the game.
  • The 20,000th completed pass in Monday Night Football history was thrown by Seahawk Quarterback Seneca Wallace and caught by Wide Receiver Deion Branch during the 2006 season.
  • Former Wide Receiver and Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent also served in the House of Representatives from the State of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2002.
  • Hall-of-Fame Wide Receiver Steve Largent was initially selected in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. He played in four preseason games and was projected to be cut from the team; instead he was traded to the Seahawks for an eighth round draft pick.
  • Steve Largent’s #80 jersey was the first jersey retired by the Seahawks for a former player (#12 had been retired for the fans).
  • Steve Largent was the first Seattle Seahawk to be named to the Pro Bowl team.
  • Wide Receiver Steve Largent and Quarterback Jim Zorn were among the few NFL players that did not join in the league-wide union strike. They cited religious beliefs as the reason to honor the contracts they had signed.
  • Former Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Safety Kenny Easley was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1981 NBA Draft (10th round).
  • When Steve Largent retired he held many NFL career receiving records, including most consecutive regular season games with a reception (177).
  • Prior to the 1988 season, the Seahawks traded All-Pro Safety Kenny Easley to the Phoenix Cardinals for Quarterback Kelly Stouffer. The trade was reversed after Easley failed a physical and was forced to retire due to a kidney condition.

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