Seattle Seahawks Team Top Players All time History:
Seahawk’s current roster is not short of interesting and entertaining players who are adored by fans and critics alike. This list examines the top 10 while highlighting a few of their achievements.
- Richard Sherman
Richard Kevin Sherman was born on March 30, 1988 and drafted to the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2011 draft. He is a member of the Seahawks ‘Legion of Boom’ – a nickname given to the team’s starting secondary that saw them build the best defense in NFL. The group is largely credited for aiding the team to clinch Super Bowl XLVIII in the 2013 season. With 26 interceptions and 79 passes, Sherman is ranked third in terms of number of interceptions by an active player. Many analysts consider him the best cornerback in NFL at the moment.
- Marshawn Lynch
Lynch was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 after becoming his college’s second all time career rusher. He then moved to the Seahawks in 2010 where he reunited with his former college roommate and running back Justin Forsett. Nicknamed “Beast Mode” (due to his aggressive style of play), Lynch scored his debut touchdown for the Seahawks on 17th October after a one-yard run and then barely two months later he scored three touchdowns. He had a total of 737 yards in the 2010 season.
The 2011 season was arguably Lynch’s peak as he rushed for 1,204 yards, had 12 touchdowns and posted his first 1,000 yard season since the 2008 season. In December he scored in his 10th game to set the franchise record for highest number of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. Lynch got an injury midway the 2015 season but made his return in the playoffs against the Carolina Panthers.
- Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas was born on May 7, 1989 and drafted by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2010 draft. He is part of the Legion of Boom that won the Seahawk’s Super Bowl in the 2013 season. Draft analyst Mike Mayock describes Thomas as the closest player to resemble Ed Reed.
During his debut season, Thomas made 76 tackles and 5 interceptions; two of which earned the Seahawks a win against the San Diego Chargers in the third week. His good run continued to subsequent seasons where he finished the 2012 season with 3 interceptions and 66 tackles, the 2013 season with 5 interceptions and 105 tackles and 2014 season with 97 tackles, 1 interception and 6 passes defended. He sustained an injury in the postseason but managed to return in the 2015 opener.
- Russell Wilson
Wilson joined the Seahawks as a 12th pick in the third round of the 2012 draft. He was so impressive in his debut season that he recorded 26 passing touchdowns and tied with Peyton Manning in the NFL record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie. Over his first four seasons, Wilson has won a total of 46 games – the highest recorded for a quarterback in the NFL. He is currently rated as the second best passer in NFL history (after Aaron Rodgers). He was part of the team that won the Seahawks only Super Bowl and has multiple other honors in his name; including 3 Pro Bowls, a Pro Bowl offensive MVP and Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.
- Bobby Wagner
Wagner was drafted by the Seahawks in 2012 in round 2 pick 47 and is currently the highest selected from Utah since Rulon Jones in 1980. He had an amazing rookie season and finished with 3 interceptions, 2 sacks and 140 tackles. ProFootballFocus ranked him as the second best player of his position in the entire league. His second season was equally successful and his 120 tackles and 5 sacks contributed to the Seahawks good run and eventual appearance at Super Bowl XLVIII where they won the title.
In the 2014 season, Wagner missed 5 games but still managed to record more than 104 tackles. He was named First Team All Pro owing to his role in making the Seahawks’ defense the best in the NFL. The 2015 season saw him score a touchdown in week 5 and another one in week 10.
- Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham is definitely one of the best tight ends that the Seahawks have had. Although originally a basketball player, Graham played one year of college football and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2010 before being traded to the Seahawks in 2015. His debut season was largely spent on the injury reserve owing to a torn right patellar tendon. However, he still boasts of multiple titles and honors including 3 times Pro Bowl, 2013 NFL receiving touchdowns leader, First Team All Pro in 2013 and Second Team All Pro in 2011.
- Kam Chancellor
Kameron Chancellor is a Seahawks safety who has played for the franchise since he was drafted in 2010. His recognition came in the 2012 season that saw him become a member of the Legion of Boom and a year later he was part of the team that won Seattle Seahawk’s first Super Bowl.
Although he did not start a game in his debut season, he got a chance to showcase his skills when he was called up to replace Lawyer Milloy in 2011. By the end of the season, he was the second best Seahawk tackler and interceptor; an achievement that earned him a place in the 2012 Pro Bowl roster. In the Super Bowl game against the Denver Broncos, Chancellor made 9 tackles and recorded an interception. To date, he is a 4-time Pro Bowl, 2-time Second Team All Pro, 2-times NFC champion and a Steve Largent Award winner.
- Steven Hauschka
Steven Hauschka joined the Seahawks in 2011 after three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Born on June 29, 1985, he won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks after a very successful personal run in the 2013 season. His contributions included a game-winning kick that saw the Seahawks beat the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in week 4. The team went 4-0 for the first time in its franchise history. In 2014, the Seahawks renewed Hauschka’s contract for three more years. He was named an alternate for the 2016 Pro Bowl.
- Michael Bennett
Bennett is a defensive end at the Seahawks. Born November 13, 1985, he joined the team in 2009 as an undrafted agent but was waived to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the same year (after the preseason) before being signed back to the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent in 2013. In that season, he scored his first ever NFL touchdown on 2nd December against the New Orleans Saints. Many analysts consider him a key contributor to the team’s successful 2013 season and eventual Super Bowl XLVIII win.
The 2014 season was equally successful for Bennett. He rallied the Seahawks to their third Super Bowl appearance and prevented Tom Brady from making major runs. On October 22 2015 (week 7), he was named defensive player of the week after recording 3.5 sacks of Colin Kaepernick.
- Doug Baldwin
Just like Bennett, Baldwin was signed to Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted agent in 2011 and has played for the team to date. In his first season at the Seahawks, he caught his first NFL touchdown within the first week, ranked fourth in rookie reception yardage, and led the team in receiving yards and receptions. His outstanding start earned him a spot in USA Today All-Joe Team. His 2012 season was characterized with injuries but he made a successful comeback in the 2013 season when he managed a career-high 5 touchdowns. He led the Seahawks’ receiving corps in Super Bowl XLVIII with 5 receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown.
In 2014, Baldwin recorded career highs with 825 receiving yards and 66 receptions. He scored his team’s last touchdown of the season in Super Bowl XLIX and although it was a personal and team achievement, it wasn’t enough to replicate the success recorded in Super Bowl XLVIII. At the end of the 2015 season, Baldwin had recorded career highs of 14 touchdowns and 78 receptions for 1,069 yards.
Seattle Seahawks Team Top Players History