Friday Round-Up: Who Are The NFL's All-Time Best Players By Uniform Number?

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, July 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

The NFL's Best Players By Jersey Number

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar at SI.com put their heads together to come up with a list of the best players of the Super Bowl era by uniform number.

Burke handled jersey Nos. 00-49, while Farrar took jersey Nos. 50-99, and a few former Seahawks - some holding longer stints with the club than others - made the cut. 

Here's a rundown of the players with Seattle ties who made Burke and Farrar's ranks of the NFL's best players by uniform number:

No. 1: QB Warren Moon (with Seahawks 1997-98 & current Seahawks Radio analyst)

Burke: "Moon threw for 21,000-plus yards and won five championships as a pro ...before even beginning his 17-season NFL career. A CFL Hall of Famer, Moon also carved out an NFL Hall of Fame career. He ranks seventh in career passing yards (49,325) and eighth in passing touchdowns (291)."

No. 45: DB Kenny Easley (with Seahawks 1981-87)

Burke: "Ask just about any longtime Seahawks fan and they'll tell you Easley deserves a spot in Canton. He likely would have claimed one had a kidney disease not ended his career after seven seasons. The heavy-hitting safety made the Pro Bowl five times during that stretch, picking off 32 passes in the process.​"

No. 71: OT Walter Jones (with Seahawks 1997-2009)

Farrar: "Jones is the best player in Seahawks history and arguably the best tackle in an era that also featured Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace. At his peak, Jones was able to do everything you'd expect from a blocker, shutting down the game's greatest pass rushers and dominating in the run game. His block on Carolina's Mike Rucker in the 2005 NFC Championship Game is perhaps the most unforgettable play in Seattle football annals. Jones made nine All-Pro teams and four first-team All-Pro squads in his career."

No. 80: WR Jerry Rice (with Seahawks 2004)

Farrar: "By the end of his 20-year career, Rice was a 13-time Pro Bowler and 10-time first-team All-Pro with 1,549 receptions for 22,985 yards and 197 touchdowns, and he had claimed every NFL record he possibly could. He also holds nearly every postseason receiving record."

No. 81: DE Carl Eller (with Seahawks 1979)

Farrar: "It took Eller nearly 20 years to find his way to the Hall of Fame, which seems silly in retrospect. Unofficially, he put together 44 sacks from 1975 through '77 at the peak of the Purple People Eaters' greatness, and his 23 fumble recoveries was an NFL record when he retired. He didn't miss a game from '64 through '75, and he played in all four of Minnesota's Super Bowls."

No. 93: DL John Randle (with Seahawks 2001-03)

Farrar: "The 6'1", 290-pound Randle went undrafted out of Texas A&M-Kingsville, caught on with the Vikings and never looked back. With his amazing speed and leverage, Randle became the prototype of the modern three-technique tackle, putting up 137.5 sacks over his career, including 10 or more in eight straight seasons from 1992 through '99."

No. 96: DT Cortez Kennedy (with Seahawks 1990-2000)

Farrar: "Kennedy was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992, when he had 14 sacks on one of the worst teams in NFL history. It was that way through most of his career, with Kennedy surpassing the achievements of the bad-to-mediocre teams around him, but Kennedy never lost hope or gave less than full effort. With eight Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro nominations, his status as one of the best defenders of the 1990s remains secure."

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we remember former Oakland Raiders quarterback and AFC West rival Ken Stabler, who died of colon cancer on Thursday at age 69.

More From Around The Web

The Seahawks had a NFL-high eight players appear on NFL Network's ranks of the Top 100 Players of 2015

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle continues his 2015 positional preview series with a look at the linebackers and running backs/fullbacks. Boyle has already outlined what to expect come training camp with Seattle's tight ends and offensive and defensive lines.

And in case you missed it, here's a look at the League-high eight Seahawks players who appeared on NFL Network's countdown of the Top 100 Players of 2015.

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