The Seahawks climbed to 5-2 and first place in the NFC West with a 24-20 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Seattle will look to extend their two-game win streak on the road in Week 9 against the 6-2 Baltimore Ravens. Here are some of the top players to wear both teams' threads across their pro careers.
RB Alex Collins
In August, the football world lost running back Alex Collins, a player who meant a lot to both the Seahawks and Ravens organizations. In 2016, Seattle selected the Arkansas Razorback No. 171 overall. After appearing in 11 games as a rookie and scoring his first-career touchdown, Collins joined the Ravens in 2017. In two seasons with Baltimore, Collins rushed for 1,384 yards and 13 touchdowns on 326 carries. In 2020, Collins rejoined the Seahawks for his second stint with the franchise, rushing for 488 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games.
In 2010, Seattle selected Texas safety Earl Thomas No. 14-overall, where he made an immediate impact as a rookie. Starting every game in his first year, Thomas recorded 76 combined tackles, five interceptions, seven pass deflections and a forced fumble. Seattle’s tenacious secondary group consisting of cornerback Richard Sherman, cornerback Brandon Browner, safety Kam Chancellor and Thomas would form the “Legion of Boom” in 2012, with help from fans in coming up with the nickname. Between 2012-2014, Thomas earned consecutive first-team All-Pro honors, as the LOB helped lead Seattle to its first-ever championship with a 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos. In nine seasons with the Seahawks, Thomas recorded 664 combined tackles, 28 interceptions, 67 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
In 2019, Thomas signed with the Ravens via free agency, for what would be the final year of his playing career. Across 15 starts, Thomas recorded 49 combined tackles, two interceptions, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.
DT Sam Adams
The Seahawks selected Texas A&M defensive tackle Sam Adams No. 8 overall in 1994, launching a 14-year NFL career. In his first season, Adams was named to the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-Rookie team with 27 combined tackles and 4.0 sacks. Seattle would serve as the first of five stops for Adams, recording 214 combined tackles, 23 sacks, eight tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and an interception (pick-six) in six seasons with the Seahawks.
In 2000, Adams signed with Baltimore, making an immediate impact that season, as the Ravens formed one of the greatest defensive units in history. The Ravens would defeat the New York Giants 34-7 in the Super Bowl, the seventh-largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history. Adams would earn his second-consecutive Pro Bowl nod in 2001, before joining the Oakland Raiders in 2002. He'd make his second championship appearance, as the Raiders fell short to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Adams signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2003, spending three seasons before splitting his final-two years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos.
RB Justin Forsett
The 2008 NFL Draft saw Seattle select California running back Justin Forsett with pick No. 233. Forsett was waived in September and claimed by the Indianapolis Colts. A month later, Forsett was back with Seattle - where he would remain until 2011. Over four seasons, Forsett rushed for 1,287 yards and seven rushing touchdowns, along with a receiving score.
Forsett would move on to spend the 2012 season with the Houston Texans and 2013 with the Jacksonville Jaguars before joining Baltimore the following season. In 2014, Forsett joined the Ravens, scoring 11 combined touchdowns across three seasons. He earned Pro-Bowl honors with the Ravens in 2014, rushing for a career-best 1,266 yards and eight scores. In 2016, Forsett would split his final season with the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos.
K Stephen Hauschka
In 2008, the Minnesota Vikings signed undrafted free agent kicker Stephen Hauschka. The North Carolina State alum was waived and claimed by the Ravens that September, making 10-15 field goals across two seasons. After brief stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, Hauschka joined the Las Vegas Locomotives of the now-defunct United Football League in 2010. After playing in three games with the Denver Broncos that year, Hauschka was claimed off waivers by Seattle in 2011. Across six seasons with the Seahawks, Hauschka would make 88.8 percent of his field goal attempts (175-197), winning a Super Bowl XLVIII championship in 2013.
In 2017, Hauschka signed with the Buffalo Bills, playing three seasons before finishing his career in 2020 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
G Jeff Blackshear
In 1993, Seattle selected Northeast Louisiana (University of Louisiana-Monroe) guard Jeff Blackshear in Round 8. Over his first three seasons, Blackshear would play in 47 games, starting 21. In 1996, Blackshear joined Baltimore, playing four seasons and starting 60-64 games. After playing 15 games with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000, Blackshear would finish his career with the Green Bay Packers in 2002.
The Seahawks and Ravens face off on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. Kickoff is set for 10:00 a.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Ravens.