Four Seahawks—two on each side of the ball—were named to the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2021 list Sunday as players No. 41-11 were unveiled.
Quarterback Russell Wilson made the Top 100 for the ninth straight year—he's been on it every year since the offseason following his rookie season—checking in at No. 12. Receiver DK Metcalf made it for his second straight year and is No. 22 on the list, while linebacker Bobby Wagner is No. 25, making his fifth straight appearance and sixth in nine years. Safety Jamal Adams, who checks in at No. 31, is making his third straight appearance on the Top 100.
Wilson, Metcalf, Wagner and Adams join on this year's Top 100 two other Seahawks, safety Quandre Diggs (77) and receiver Tyler Lockett (76), who were named to the list a week earlier. Also making this year's Top 100 was linebacker K.J. Wright (67), who is currently a free agent after spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Seahawks.
Wilson, who has helped the Seahawks to nine straight seasons with winning records, including eight playoff berths, broke his own franchise record with 40 touchdown passes last season while also posting a career high for completion percentage (68.8). Wilson's 4,212 passing yards were the second most of his career and marked the fourth time in the past six seasons he has eclipsed 4,000 yards, and his 105.1 passer rating was the fourth best of his career, raising his career rating to 101.7, the fourth best in NFL history and second best among quarterbacks with more than four years of experience.
In addition to thriving on the field, Wilson was also a difference maker in the community, which is why in February he won the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, becoming the second player in franchise history earn that honor along with Steve Largent.
Wagner, who again led the Seahawks in tackles in 2020 with 138, was named first-team All-Pro for the fifth straight season and for the sixth time in his career, making him one of 11 linebackers in NFL history to earn first-team All-Pro honors six times, the other 10 of whom are all in the Pro Football Hall of fame.
"We're looking at a Hall-of-Fame football player," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last season after Wagner eclipsed 100 tackles for the ninth time in as many seasons. "We maybe don't realize how great a player he is and how hard it is to do what he's doing. He's an all-timer."
Together Wilson and Wagner have helped lead the Seahawks to the most successful era in team history, with the Seahawks reaching the postseason eight of the last nine years, winning four NFC West titles and reaching the Super Bowl twice, with the team earning its first Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII.
"They've been the leaders the whole way," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Wagner and Wilson last week. 'They've been the guys who've been out in front and carry the message and make whatever I'm pitching make sense—I need a lot of help—and those guys have always been right there. They're just class, character people and it's so important to them to represent for themselves and for their club, and they're just incredible competitors. So you can't ask for more than what those guys have been. And like we've said before, they've been rewarded for it as well, and they've been recognized and seen for the great players and the contributors that they are. And they do such a respectful job in the community and everything that they do, everything they stand for. They've been perfect."
Adams, who was acquired in a trade with the Jets last summer, signed a four-year contract extension last week and is poised to be a key piece of Seattle's defense for years to come. A former first-round pick out of LSU, Adams last season set a record for sacks by a defensive back with 9.5, doing that in just 12 games. He also had 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits while earning Pro-Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors.
"He's a great football player," Carroll said. "He's a young man that's just getting started, he loves being here, he's a big factor on your team, play-wise but also spirit-wise and in the leadership that he brings and the toughness that he brings, and the juice that he brings is unique."
Metcalf, a second-round pick in 2019, quickly made his mark as a rookie, then in Year 2, he began establishing himself as one of the league's top receivers, recording 83 receptions for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns, combining with Lockett to form one of the NFL's most prolific pass-catching duos. Metcalf's yardage total broke a 35-year-old franchise record held by Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent.
"DK set a record for yards, and whenever you're messing around with Steve Largent and a great one like that and you can eclipse some numbers, it's a fantastic accomplishment in his second year," Carroll said last year after Metcalf broke the record.
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