The quietest Hall of Famer in Seahawks history is, of course, left tackle Walter Jones. Jones was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 1, 2014, during his first year of eligibility. The very next day, he served as the honorary captain at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Canton, Ohio is the last stop on a career that marks him as not only one of the best left tackles in NFL history, but one of the best offensive players of all time. In his 12 career seasons, all with the Seahawks, Jones had 180 starts and was only penalized for holding only nine times. In 5,703 pass plays, he allowed 23 sacks, which is an average of one sack per 248 pass plays.
When Jones announced his retirement via Twitter in 2010, the Seahawks retired his No. 71 jersey, and then-Governor Christine Gregoire proclaimed April 30, 2010 as Walter Jones Day. Former head coach Mike Holmgren said, "I've been privileged in my career to have coached Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Steve Young, in addition to a potential Hall of Famer in Brett Favre. Walter Jones, the great Seattle left tackle, is in that category. His quiet leadership and tremendous skills were an inspiration."
Quiet leadership rang true. Upon announcing his retirement, he was reluctant to hold a farewell press conference, preferring to let his actions, his coaches and his teammates speak for him. Everyone else was singing his praises, but words from Jones himself were hard to be found.
Jones was the second player to have his number retired by the Seahawks, the first being Steve Largent in 1995 and preceded by the fans' No. 12 in 1984.
Wishing a happy birthday to Seahawks Legend, Ring of Honor Member and Pro Football Hal of Famer, and the greatest left tackle to protect the blind side, Big Walter Jones!