Jacob Green, Edwin Bailey and Manu Tuiasosopo were teammates on the Seahawks’ first playoff team.
That was in 1983, when Green led the Seahawks with 16 sacks from his left defensive end position; Bailey filled the left guard spot on an offensive line that paved the way for Curt Warner to rush for a then-franchise record 1,449 yards; and Tuiasosopo split time at nose tackle with Joe Nash on a defensive line that helped the Seahawks produce 54 turnovers, the second-highest total in club history.
Now, this trio has something else in common: Each is being inducted into a Hall of Fame.
Green is up first, as the Seahawks’ all-time sack leader will enter the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame on April 7 in Houston. Before playing 12 seasons for the Seahawks, Green was a two-time All-American at Texas A&M.
On May 11-12, Bailey will be inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Columbia. Bailey was an All-American blocker at South Carolina State before joining the Seahawks in 1981 as a fifth-round draft choice. Over the next 11 seasons, he started 120 games.
“It’s a big honor,” Bailey told the Orangeburg Times and Democrat. “I played with some outstanding football players at South Carolina State, and a lot of us played a lot of years in the National Football League. It’s definitely time now that we start getting the nod and representing South Carolina State in the state of South Carolina Hall of Fame.”
In his five-season stay with the Seahawks, Tuiasosopo started 64 games at nose tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end. He led the team with eight sacks as a rookie and had a career-high 94 tackles in 1980. Tuiasosopo later won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.