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Seven Seahawks Legends Named Best Player To Wear Jersey Number
As the 2023 NFL season approaches, USA Today NFL analyst Doug Farrar takes a historical look back at the greats to wear every jersey number. From 00 to 99, Farrar goes through the painstaking task of ranking the league’s best, with several former Seahawks greats taking the crown or earning an honorable mention.
Throwing himself into the crossfire of the league's 32 fanbases, Farrar gives his top pick for each number, along with a couple of honorable mentions. Seven former Seahawks Legends take home titles for their respective numbers, including some drafted by Seattle and a few that briefly impacted the 206 through trade or free agency.
1. Warren Moon
During a career spanning two decades ending with induction into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame, quarterback Warren Moon spent the 1997-1998 seasons with Seattle. In his first season with the team, the former University of Washington standout would earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, where he would leave with the MVP trophy.
25. Richard Sherman
In 2011, Seattle drafted Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman in the fifth round, a true diamond in the rough. Sherman quickly accelerated from a day three pick to one of the league's premiere corners, earning three-consecutive First Team All-Pro nods from 2012-2014 as a founding member of the “Legion of Boom” secondary. The Super Bowl XLVIII Champion led the NFL in interceptions in 2013, and is responsible for one of the biggest plays in franchise history, an NFC championship game interception against San Francisco.
41. Eugene Robinson
Colgate alum Eugene Robinson went undrafted before being picked up by the Seahawks in 1985. Robinson would go on to spend the first 11 of 16 seasons with Seattle, earning three Pro Bowl nods and Second Team All-Pro honors in 1993 after leading the league in interceptions. Robinson's 57 career-interceptions rank No.2 All-Time in Seattle's record books, while remaining in a five-way tie for No.13 on the NFL's All-Time list.
71. Walter Jones
In 1997, Seattle selected Florida State tackle Walter Jones No.6 overall. On the way to earning induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jones started all 180 games he played in, was one-of-seven tackles named to the NFL 100th Anniversary team, and was once called the best player in the NFL by the late John Madden. Mike Holmgren also called Jones the best offensive player he ever coached.
80. Jerry Rice
Mississippi Valley State alum Jerry Rice is often recognized as the greatest wideout of all-time, and the record books help the argument. After a historic tenure with the San Francisco 49ers that resulted in three championships, Rice spent a few years with the Oakland Raiders before being traded to the Seahawks mid-season in 2004. The 41-year-old played 11 regular season games and participated in Seattle's 27-20 NFC Wild Card loss to the St. Louis Rams.
93. John Randle
No other defensive tackle in league history has surpassed Texas A&M alum and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Randle in sacks (137.5). After 11 decorated seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent, Randle signed with Seattle in 2001. In three seasons, Randle recorded 23.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.
96. Cortez Kennedy
In 2017, the NFL lost one of its greatest players and people with the passing of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. After being selected third overall by Seattle in the 1990 draft following two national championships at the University of Miami, Kennedy would play his entire 11-year career with the Seahawks. The eight-time Pro Bowler earned three First Team All-Pro nods and was named to the NFL's 1990's All-Decade team. While Farrar selects Kennedy as the greatest to wear No. 96, it's worth noting that Kennedy changed his number to 99 in 1992 to honor fallen Philadelphia Eagles nose tackle and friend Jerome Brown following his death. That season, Kennedy would go on to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Several of Seattle's greatest players earned Honorable Mention nods for their respective numbers, including quarterback Russell Wilson (3), running back Marshawn Lynch (24), safety Earl Thomas (29), safety Kam Chancellor (31) cornerback Lawyer Milloy (36), running back Shaun Alexander (37), safety Kenny Easley (45), linebacker Bobby Wagner (54), guard Steve Hutchinson (76), wideout Steve Largent (80), and wideout Doug Baldwin (89).
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Take a look back at former quarterback Warren Moon through the years. Moon signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in 1997. He played 23 seasons as quarterback, both in the CFL and the NFL, including two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.