The Seahawks' current two-game win streak has helped them climb back into the playoff picture, as they currently hold the seventh seed and a potential NFC Wild Card berth with two games remaining. With the 8-7 Seahawks preparing to face the 8-7 Steelers, here are some of the top players to suit up for both franchises during their pro careers.
CB Dave Brown
After a decorated career at the University of Michigan, defensive back Dave Brown was selected in the first round of the 1975 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite not starting a game as a rookie, Brown helped contribute to the Steelers' Super Bowl X championship team, winning his first and only title. In 1976, Brown was selected by the first-year Seahawks in the expansion draft. That season, he'd become an immediate starter at free safety, recording four interceptions and a safety. Brown would make the transition to cornerback in 1977, and would remain at the position for the rest of his career. Brown would spend 11 seasons with Seattle, recording 50 interceptions, including five pick-sixes, 12 fumble recoveries across 59 starts. In 1987, the Green Bay Packers acquired Brown in a deal with Seattle. In 1992, Brown became the third player inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor.
Brown would spend the final three seasons of his career with the Packers, recording 12 interceptions across 44 starts.
LB Chad Brown
In 1993, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Colorado linebacker Chad Brown in the second round. Brown would spend the first four seasons of his career with the Steelers, recording 307 combined tackles, 31 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three interceptions across 49 starts. In 1997, Brown joined Seattle, becoming an immediate factor for the Seahawks defense. Across eight seasons with Seattle, Brown recorded a combined 743 tackles, 48 sacks, 55 tackles for loss, 10 forced fumbles and 13 recoveries. Brown would be named to the Seattle Seahawks' 35th Anniversary Team for his contributions, earning two Pro Bowl selections in 1998 and 1999.
RB Franco Harris
In 1972, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Penn State running back Franco Harris No. 13 overall. Harris would make his presence felt as a rookie, rushing for 1,055 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning second-team All-Pro honors and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Harris would spend the first 12 seasons of his career with Pittsburgh, winning four championships (Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV) and earning nine-consecutive Pro Bowl selections (1972-1980), and the 1976 NFL Man of the Year Award. Harris joined the Seahawks in 1984, for the final season of his career. In eight games, Harris rushed for 170 yards before hanging up his cleats. In 1990, Harris was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
T Steve August
In 1977, Seattle selected Tulsa tackle Steve August with the No. 14-overall selection. After playing in six games as a rookie, August would go on to start 90 of 97 games with the franchise across eight seasons before being traded to the Steelers during the 1984 season. August would play five games for Pittsburgh before calling it a career at the season's end.
DB Willie Williams
A sixth-round pick out of Western Carolina, Willie Williams started just one game start across his first-two seasons, but in 1995, Williams broke out for the Steelers, recording seven interceptions, including a pick-six to help lead Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl XXX appearance against the Dallas Cowboys. In 1997, Williams joined the Seahawks, becoming an immediate starter. Williams spent seven seasons with Seattle, combining for 394 tackles, 17 interceptions, including three pick-sixes, 49 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, five recoveries and 2.0 sacks. In 2004, Williams would return to Pittsburgh at 34-years-old. The following season, Williams would help Pittsburgh capture a Super Bowl XL victory over the Seahawks, making himself the only Steeler to participate in Super Bowl XXX and Super Bowl XL. Following winning the championship, Williams called it a career at 35.
The Seahawks and Steelers face off on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Steelers.