Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, June 25 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
The All-Time Greatest Seahawks
In honor of the 2018 World Cup, NFL.com's football analysts are ranking the all-time best XI players in each franchise's history. NFL.com writer Adam Rank recently wrapped up the soccer-inspired series with a look at the game's greatest talent in the NFC West, which of course includes who Rank believes to be the best players to put on a Seattle Seahawks uniform.
Fittingly, the four Pro Football Hall of Famers who spent their entire NFL playing careers with the Seahawks sit atop Rank's pecking order, while a majority of the remaining best XI stem from Seattle's run of success over the last eight seasons under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.
Here's how Rank's list turned out, followed by some of his rationale:
1) Steve Largent, WR (1976-1989)
2) Walter Jones, LT (1997-2008)
3) Cortez Kennedy, DT (1990-2000)
4) Kenny Easley, S (1981-87)
5) Russell Wilson, QB (2012-present)
6) Earl Thomas, S (2010-present)
7) Richard Sherman, CB (2011-17)
8) Marshawn Lynch, RB (2010-15)
9) Shaun Alexander, RB (2000-07)
10) Jacob Green, DE (1980-1991)
11) Kam Chancellor, S (2010-present)
Coach: Pete Carroll (2010-present)
Here's my thing: As I put each of these rankings together, I always began by naming guys off the top of my head first. Like I was doing a Sporcle list or whatnot. And then I would go back to make sure I wasn't missing any Hall of Famers or other luminaries. And of course, I've had a crack editorial staff to keep me from going off the rails and trying to explain to you why Jim Zorn was better than you thought. So, I've been mindful not to have too much recency bias with these lists. But as I wrapped up the Seahawks' top XI, my last one in this series, it was hard not to favor the franchise's impressive mini-dynasty from this decade.
Wilson easily makes the top five for me, and he's still in the prime of his career. Thomas is the best defender in this Legion of Boom era for the Seahawks. Sherman and Chancellor also have established themselves as some of the best in Seahawks history.
I know Alexander won an MVP award, but I'm putting Lynch ahead of him because of the "Beast Quake" and his general awesomeness. He made his biggest impact in playoff games.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, who shared a photo on Instagram over the weekend:
More From Around The Web
Receiver Tyler Lockett says he feels "healthier than I've ever been" as the Seahawks wrapped up offseason workouts.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times analyzes the Seahawks' position battle at wideout in his latest Q&A.
ESPN.com projects which rookie running backs will make an impact this season, and Rashaad Penny, who Seattle selected No. 27 overall out of San Diego State, gets a mention.
Also at ESPN, the 2018 Body Issue is out, and it features a number of Seattle-area sports ties in Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe, Breanna Stewart, and one-time Seahawk Jerry Rice.
The Seahawks hosted their annual Family Football Fest on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
And for Seattle Pride, CenturyLink Field's arch lights were bathed in rainbow colors this past weekend.