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The A-Z on how the Seahawks got their name
What's in a name? When it comes to the Seahawks, the real story is about how they got their name.
It started in 1975, when the club asked the fans for suggestions for the NFL team that would begin play during the 1976 season. The name "Seahawks" was selected from 1,741 different suggestions that were submitted by 20,365 entries. And 153 people submitted the "winner" – Seahawks.
"It's overwhelming, simply overwhelming," then-managing general partner Herman Sarkowsky said at the time. "We expected only about one-tenth this many entries."
All of this is relevant because June 17 is the anniversary of the winning entry – or entries – being selected.
The other suggestions ranged from the suitable to the suspect, and from the sublime to the silly: Read
Aardvarks, Aleuts, Aero-Techs, About Timers, Anchovies, Alkis, Asters Domes, Abominable Snowmen, Alki Ants, Apple Knockers, Aqua-Ducks; Read
Bigfoots, Blue Sounders, Bunyan, Bumbershoots, Buffalo Chips, Belaying Pins, Billy Goats, Buzz Saws, Bronze Bobcats, Bay Hawks; Read
Catamounts, Clouds, Cloudbursts, Clam Diggers, Cool Dudes, City Slickers, Cockatoos, Cumulo Nimbos, Crabs, Cutthroats, Chowderheads, Chinook Passers; Read
Daffy Ducks, Domebusters, Diarrheas, Dogwoods, Drizzlers, Ding Dongs, Dreadnaughts; Read
Electric Loggers, Ferrys, Flounders, Frogs, Fruits Pickers, Flying Wedges, Ferrets; Read
Green State Geoducks, Green Giants, Go-E-Ducks, Gnomes; Read
Hammerheads, Harpooners, Halibut Heads, Herman's Hermits, Hydrofoils; Read
Ichi Ban, Identified Flying Objects, Igloos; Read
Koala Bears, Killer Whales, Kelpers, Kilowatts, King Krabs; Read
Lucky Loggers, Microwaves, Mongooses, Major Domos, Montlakes; Read
Nibblers, Nutcrackers, Nordy's Best, Nanuks; Read
Orangutans, O-Zones; Read
Peckerwoods, Pachyderms, Playwrights, Puget Puffers, Puddle Jumpers, Pacific Crests, Pike Street Misfits, Plimsoll Marks, Peacemakers; Read
Queen City Quinaults, Quicksands; Read
Rainbirds, Rainy Ramblers, Rain-Dears, Running Salmon, Raining Suns, Rain Gods, Rainbeams, Red Tide, Roaches, Roosters, Royal Broughams, Roostertails, Rain-Beaux, Rain Hawks; Read
Sodbusters, Sounders, Spunkies, Spittoons, Sea Urchins, Salty Dogs, Sheep, 747's, Silver Sasquatches, Skeletons, Sardines, Sperm Whales, Sleazies, Sonics, Snowflakes, Sourdoughs, Squids, Snorkels, Sinbads, Salamanders, Sun Dodgers, Scoundrels, Shamans, Sky Hawks, Stiletoes, Space Needlers, Scampi, Superscenics, Sawdust Eaters, Spodiodees, Soggies, Saints 'n Sinners, Shrimps; Read
Ticks, Tremites, Toads, Third Degree; Read
U & V
Undertow, Vampires; Read
Waumpums, Weather Beaters, Woodpeckers, Water Hawks, Washington Georges, White Roosters; Read
Yogas, Zonkers, Zodiacs.
THE 153 WHO SUGGESTED "SEAHAWKS"
Each of the "winning" entries received two tickets to the Seahawks' preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at the Kingdome on Aug. 29, a "Birth of a Franchise" yearbook and a certificate honoring them for their part in the selection of the team name:
Mrs. James Brown
Mrs. Michael Howell
John Zabel Read