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Common Threads: Top Players To Suit Up For Both The Seahawks & 49ers

With so many players playing for multiple franchises throughout their careers, here are some standouts to sport the Seahawks and 49ers jerseys.


The Seahawks prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night, the first of two matchups between the two teams in the next three weeks. A total of 77 players have played for both franchises; here are some of the top players to sport both uniforms across their careers.

CB Richard Sherman

Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. The Day 3 selection would make an immediate impact, taking over a starting job midway through his rookie season, earning All-Pro honors in 2012, and helping Seattle earn its first championship in 2013. Sherman, cornerback Brandon Browner and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor would come to be known as the “Legion of Boom,” one of the league's most dominant secondaries of all time. Individually, Sherman earned four Pro Bowl nominations, three consecutive first-team All-Pro selections and one second-team All-Pro selection across seven seasons with Seattle. Starting 99 games, Sherman combined for 386 tackles, 32 interceptions, including two pick-sixes, 99 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

In 2018, Sherman signed with San Francisco, starting 14 games in his first season. In 2019, Sherman would earn his fifth Pro Bowl selection and as well as second-team All-Pro honors, helping to lead the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV. Sherman would start all 34 games of his time in San Francisco, recording 116 tackles, four interceptions, 16 passes defensed and six tackles for loss.

In 2021, Sherman would finish his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing five games.

RB Ricky Watters

In 1991, San Francisco selected Notre Dame running back Ricky Watters with the 45th overall pick. After injuries forced him to miss his rookie year, Watters emerged on the scene in 1992 with 1,013 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores. Across three seasons with the 49ers, Watters rushed for 2,840 yards on 653 carries for 25 rushing touchdowns and eight receiving scores.

In 1995, Watters joined the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency, rushing for 1,273 yards, the first of six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Watters carried the ball 975 times for 3,794 yards, 31 rushing touchdowns and one receiving score across three seasons with Philadelphia.

In 1998, Watters joined the Seahawks, reeling off three-consecutive 1,000-yard seasons before retiring after the 2001 season. In four seasons with Seattle, Watters rushed for 4,009 yards and 22 touchdowns on 994 attempts, and added 1,480 receiving yards with four touchdown catches.

LB Julian Peterson

In 2000, the 49ers selected Michigan State linebacker Julian Peterson with the 16th overall pick. Peterson would become an impact player for San Francisco immediately, quickly rising to full-time starter after his rookie season. Peterson earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2003, as well as earning two Pro Bowl nominations (2002, 2003). In six seasons with San Francisco, Peterson recorded 402 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks, five interceptions, 40 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and four recoveries.

In 2006, Peterson signed with Seattle, reaching a career high with 10 sacks in his first season. Peterson would earn Pro Bowl honors in all three seasons with Seattle (2006-2008), combining for 249 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, three interceptions, 15 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and four recoveries.

The Detroit Lions would acquire Peterson via trade with Seattle in 2009, starting 28 games across his final two seasons.

WR Darrell Jackson

The Seahawks selected Florida wideout Darrell Jackson in the third round of the 2000 draft. After catching 53 passes for 713 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, Jackson recorded the first of three 1,000-yard seasons with Seattle in 2001. In seven seasons with the Seahawks, Jackson caught 441 passes for 6,445 yards and 47 touchdowns.

The 49ers acquired Jackson via in-division trade with the Seahawks in 2007, catching 46 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns in his lone season in San Francisco. In 2008, Jackson finished his career with the Denver Broncos.

DE Jacob Green

In 1980, Seattle selected Texas A&M defensive end Jacob Green No. 10 overall. The Seahawks Ring of Honor inductee would produce immediately, earning all-rookie honors. Over 12 seasons with Seattle, Green piled up 115.5 sacks, three interceptions, who of which were returned for touchdowns, and 17 fumble recoveries.

In 1992, Green would finish his career with San Francisco, playing two games.

DT Manu Tuiasosopo

In 1979, Seattle selected UCLA defensive tackle Manu Tuiasosopo No. 18 overall. Tuiasosopo would play five seasons with the Seahawks, recording 20 sacks and five fumble recoveries across 64 starts. In 1984, Tuiasosopo joined the 49ers, helping them win Super Bowl XIX over the Miami Dolphins in 1985. Over three seasons in San Francisco, Tuiasosopo had 7.0 sacks and recovered two fumbles.

The Seahawks and 49ers face off on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the 49ers.

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