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Friday Round-Up: Mike Holmgren Among Semifinalists for Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren earns a semifinalist nod for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Friday, July 8 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Mike Holmgren Named Semifinalist For Pro Football Hall Of Fame

After winning Super Bowl XXXI as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Mike Holmgren signed an eight-year contract to become the Seattle Seahawks new leader in the summer of 1998. During his time in Seattle, Holmgren would win five division titles, make six playoff appearances, win 10-games or better in three of those seasons, and lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance. On Thursday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 29-person semifinalist list for the class with Holmgren making the cut. While this may be a step in the right direction, Holmgren is long overdue for a gold jacket in Canton.

As we have pointed out on this site before, Holmgren's resume compares favorably to some coaches who have already been enshrined in Canton.

  • Coach A: 149-90-1 regular season record, 12-9 postseason record, two Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl win, 10 playoff berths and 11 winning records in 15 seasons.
  • Coach B: 15 seasons, 120-109 regular season record, 6-5 postseason record, two Super Bowl appearances (with two teams), one Super Bowl win, six playoff berths and seven winning records in 15 seasons.
  • Coach C: 161-111 regular season record, 13-11 postseason record, three Super Bowl appearances (with two teams), one Super Bowl win, 12 playoff berths and 14 winning records in 17 seasons.

Coach A is Bill Cowher, who went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020, Coach B is Dick Vermeil, who will be inducted this summer, and Coach C, of course, is Holmgren, who is still waiting despite more wins, playoff berths, winning seasons and Super Bowl appearances than the other two.

This isn't to say that Cowher and Vermeil, both of whom were great coaches, don't deserve all the accolades they get, but if they're Hall of Famers, Holmgren should be as well. And that's before we even get into his impact on the game and on two franchises that go beyond the aforementioned numbers, most notably his impressive coaching tree and the impact he had on the careers of multiple Hall of Fame quarterbacks like Steve Young, Brett Favre and Joe Montana.

Over the course of an NFL career spanning more than three-decades, Holmgren worked his way up from quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1986, to team president of the Cleveland Browns before retiring in 2012.

Read more on the Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists list here.

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Mike Holmgren spent ten seasons as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, going 86-74, including leading the team to their first NFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance in 2005. Take a look back at photos from throughout his time in Seattle.

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