The Halls are calling Jacob Green, Edwin Bailey and Manu Tuiasosopo

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Teammates on the Seahawks’ first playoff team in 1983, Jacob Green (Southwest Conference), Edwin Bailey (South Carolina) and Manu Tuiasosopo (Asian) will be inducted into a trio of Hall of Fames.

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.

Their contributions helped the Seahawks finish 9-7 and clinch a wild-card playoff berth in their first season under coach Chuck Knox; win the first playoff game in franchise history, over the Denver Broncos on Christmas Eve at the Kingdome; post what would be the only road playoff victory in the club’s first 36 seasons with an upset of the Dolphins in Miami; and advance to the AFC Championship game.

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.

The Seahawks selected Green in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft – the 10th pick overall – and he led them in sacks nine times over the next 12 seasons. That’s how you end up with a franchise record 116 sacks, which is 42.5 more than the player in the No. 2 spot – Michael Sinclair, who joined Green as the ends on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

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.”

Tuiasosopo, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice in 1979, will join the Asian Hall of Fame during an event at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle on May 31. He is Samoan, but was born in Los Angeles.

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.