Seven Seahawks are in Orlando for this weekend's Pro Bowl, matching a team record for Pro Bowl honorees in one season. But while Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, Doug Baldwin, K.J. Wright and Jimmy Graham will get a chance to make their Pro-Bowl memories on Sunday, plenty of other Seahawks, both past and present, have had impressive—and sometimes comical—showings in past Pro Bowls over the years.
So before this year's crop of Seahawks make their mark on the NFL's All-Star game, let's take a look back at some of the top Pro Bowl performances and moments in Seahawks history. All years listed below reference the season for which those players were selected, not the year in which the actual game was played.
1978: Future Hall of Famer Steve Largent becomes the first Pro Bowler in franchise history, his first of three straight Pro Bowl appearances and seven overall.
1982: Safety Kenny Easley, who has a chance to join Largent in the Hall of Fame this year, is selected for the first of five times in his career, and records nine tackles in the game.
1983: Following the first playoff season in franchise history, running back Curt Warner becomes the first Seahawks rookie to make a Pro Bowl, as he and Easley both start in the game. Easley finishes with a team-high 10 solo tackles and 11 overall.
1984: After a 12-4 season, a franchise-record seven Seahawks are named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad: Easley, Largent, cornerback Dave Brown, kicker Norm Johnson, quarterback Dave Krieg, defensive tackle Joe Nash and special teamer Fredd Young. Easley, Nash and Brown all start for the AFC defense, with Easley contributing 10 tackles, while Johnson makes all four kicks—two field goals and two extra points.
1991: Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, another Hall of Famer, makes the Pro Bowl for the first of six straight and eight total times. A year later he earns Defensive Player of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl start.
1994: Running back Chris Warren rushes for 127 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, breaking O.J. Simpson's record for rushing yards in the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately for Warren, he doesn't own the Pro Bowl rushing record, because AFC teammate Marshall Faulk goes for 180 yards in the same game, part of a 400-yard rushing performance by the AFC squad. Warren, who had 64 yards the previous year, would follow those two games up with a team-high 43 yards on seven carries the next year, giving him 234 yards on 24 carries in three Pro Bowls.
1997: In his ninth Pro Bowl, but first as a Seahawk, Warren Moon completes only 4 of 8 passes for 89 yards, but takes home MVP honors because all of those yards came in the fourth quarter as he leads three scoring drives to help the AFC overcome a 10-point victory in an eventual 29-24. Moon caps his MVP performance by scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard rush.
1999: Hall of Fame tackle Walter Jones earns his first of a team-record nine Pro Bowl selections.
2003: Running back Shaun Alexander rushes for a game-high 66 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries, and also adds a receiving touchdown, helping the NFC to a 55-52 victory.
2005: For the second time in franchise history, the Seahawks have seven players earn Pro Bowl honors. Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Hutchinson and Walter Jones all start the game for the NFC, while rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu leads his team with six tackles on defense and two more on special teams.
2011: After two straight years with no players earning Pro Bowl honors, the Seahawks have five players selected: Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Michael Robinson. Lynch rushes for 43 yards on eight carries, while Thomas starts in what is the first of five straight selections.
2012: Russell Wilson caps an impressive rookie season by completing 8 of 10 passes for 98 yards and 3 touchdowns. Leon Washington has 167 yards on kick returns, including a 92-yarder, and Thomas adds an interception in a 62-35 NFC win. More significantly, Wilson uses the week to pick the brains of veteran quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
2013 and 2014: Six Seahawks were selected in 2013 and seven more in 2014, but the team was a little busy during the Pro Bowl, so they did not participate.
2015: Seven players are again named to the Pro Bowl, though Thomas and Chancellor sit out due to injury. The five who did play enjoyed a memorable day, with Wilson and Michael Bennett earning offensive and defensive MVP honors. Bobby Wagner finishes with a game-high 10 tackles, including a very memorable one on Richard Sherman, Sherman and Tyler Lockett engage in some friendly trash talk, and Bennett has a long touchdown run called back due to a quick whistle.
Take a look back through the years at Seahawks players in the Pro Bowl.