Photos of ex-Seahawk Kenny Easley raising the 12 Man Flag for the 12s at the Divisional Playoff Game with the Carolina Panthers.
Former Seattle Seahawk Kenny Easley, the bone-rattling strong safety considered the forefather of the "Legion of Boom," raised the 12 Flag prior to today's divisional-round playoff game against the Carolina Panthers.
Here are 12 fun facts about the team's most-recent 12 Flag Raiser:
1. He Played College Football At UCLA
During his time at UCLA (1977-80), Easley became the first player in conference history to earn all-conference honors in four consecutive seasons. He finished his time as a Bruin with a school-record 19 interceptions and 324 tackles.
2. He Was The No. 4 Overall Pick In The 1981 NFL Draft
The Seattle Seahawks selected Easley with the No. 4 overall pick in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft.
3. He Was Also Drafted To Play Basketball
Easley, who played hoops at the junior-varsity level at UCLA, was also drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 10th round of the 1981 NBA Draft. Of course, Easley chose to pursue football at the professional level.
4. He Played At 6-Foot-3, 198-Pounds
Before the Seahawks had Kam Chancellor, they had a very similar intimidating force in Easley. Like Chancellor at 6-foot-3, 232-pounds, Easley's size went against the grain of what was deemed traditional for someone at the strong safety position.
5. He Was Named AFC Rookie Of The Year In 1981
Easley's initial season in the NFL saw him register 107 tackles and three interceptions, one of which he returned a career-long 82 yards for a touchdown. The effort earned Easley AFC Rookie of the Year by the NFL Players' Association.
6. He Was The 1984 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year
Easley was voted *Associated Press *NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984, his fourth season in the League. He started all 16 games that year and posted 75 tackles, three forced fumbles, and tied a franchise record with 10 interceptions (John Harris, 1981) - a mark that still stands today.
7. He Played Punt Returner, Too
In the 1984 season that saw Easley intercept 10 passes and be voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year, he was also a willing punt returner. He fielded 16 punts and averaged 12.1 yards per return, including a long of 42.
8. He Led The Seahawks To A Franchise-Record 12 Wins
In 1984, Easley led the NFL's sixth-ranked defense to a franchise-record 12 wins, a mark that has since been broken by the 2005 and 2013 teams (13 wins). That 1984 season also included a wild-card playoff win over the rival Los Angeles Raiders.
9. He Was Named All-Pro Four Times
Easley was voted first-team All-Pro from 1982-85 and was voted second-team All-Pro in 1987, his final year in the League.
10. He Was Named To The Pro Bowl Five Times
Easley was named to the Pro Bowl after his rookie season in 1981, and was named a starter from 1983-85 and again in 1987.
11. He Spent Seven Seasons In The NFL
Each one of Easley's seven seasons was spent with the Seahawks. He was named to the 1980's all-decade team and finished his career in Seattle with 89 games played, 498 tackles, 7.0 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, and 32 interceptions - three of which were returned for touchdowns.
12. He Was The 6th Player Inducted Into The Seahawks Ring Of Honor
On Oct. 14, 2002, at halftime of a sold-out Seahawks Monday Night Football matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, Easley became the sixth player inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. He joined wide receiver Steve Largent (1989), quarterback Jim Zorn (1991), cornerback Dave Brown (1992), running back Curt Warner (1994), and defensive end Jacob Green (1995).
Photos of the comings and goings of the pregame happenings at the divisional playoff game with the Carolina Panthers.