Seahawks Legend Steve Hutchinson, one of the best offensive linemen in franchise history, hopes the third time will be the charm.
Hutchinson, who spent the first five years of his career in Seattle, has been named one of the modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the third straight year. Last year he was one of the 10 final candidates after the list was trimmed from 15 players, a sign that he could have a good shot of getting in this time around when the 2020 class is announced the day before Super Bowl LIV.
During his five seasons in Seattle, Hutchinson was a three-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro, partnering with Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones to help create the best offensive line in franchise history.
"He's a monster," Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher said last year. "He's got great feet for as big as he is. He was one of the guys I didn't like playing against because he was so good and if he got on you, you weren't getting off of him. Pass blocking-wise, he was so athletic. He was a total package for a guard. ... I've played against Larry Allen. Larry Allen is the biggest dude. Steve is right there with him. Those two right there are two of the best guards I've played against, so in my opinion, he's a Hall of Famer."
During Hutchinson's final season in Seattle, the Seahawks scored a league-high and franchise-record 452 points, on their way to a 13-3 record and an eventual trip to Super Bowl XL. Running behind Hutchinson, Jones, center Robbie Tobeck, right guard Chris Gray and right tackle Sean Locklear, running back Shaun Alexander earned league MVP honors in that 2005 season, rushing for 1,880 yards and scoring a then NFL-record 28 touchdowns.
"Where Hutch made the game different was just in that he was so powerful," Alexander said last year. "The way most guards play, they cover up. Hutch would bully a linebacker or d-lineman in such a way that instead of me cutting back into the A-gap, I have the A-gap or I could go all the way outside to where Walt is on every play. That is a game changer because now linebackers cannot guess the hole.
"Hutch was so powerful and smart, it changed how we could come into games. We knew a one-technique or a three-technique was going to be in trouble and we always knew Hutch was a good enough athlete to get up to the linebackers whenever we needed. It made it a lot of fun."
One other former Seahawks player is on this year's list of finalists, running back Edgerrin James. James is best known for his play with the Colts and Cardinals, but he did finish his career with the Seahawks in 2009.
Two former Seahawks coaches, Mike Holmgren and Tom Flores, are also finalists for the 2020 Hall of Fame class as members of a special Centennial Class of 2020.
Four players who spent their entire careers in Seattle have been enshrined in the Pro FootballHall of Fame: Jones, receiver Steve Largent, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and safety Kenny Easley. Six other Hall of Famers spent time with the Seahawks, though they spent most of their careers with other teams: running back Franco Harris, quarterback Warren Moon, defensive end Carl Eller, defensive tackle John Randle, receiver Jerry Rice and center Kevin Mawae.
Before kickoff of the Wild Card Round, Seahawks Legend Steve Hutchinson raised the 12 Flag at CenturyLink Field.