What's in a name? When it comes to the Seahawks, the real story is about how they got their name.
It started in 1975, when the club asked the fans for suggestions for the NFL team that would begin play during the 1976 season. The name "Seahawks" was selected from 1,741 different suggestions that were submitted by 20,365 entries. And 153 people submitted the "winner" – Seahawks.
"It's overwhelming, simply overwhelming," then-managing general partner Herman Sarkowsky said at the time. "We expected only about one-tenth this many entries."
All of this is relevant because June 17 is the anniversary of the winning entry – or entries – being selected.
The other suggestions ranged from the suitable to the suspect, and from the sublime to the silly:
Aardvarks, Aleuts, Aero-Techs, About Timers, Anchovies, Alkis, Asters Domes, Abominable Snowmen, Alki Ants, Apple Knockers, Aqua-Ducks;
Bigfoots, Blue Sounders, Bunyan, Bumbershoots, Buffalo Chips, Belaying Pins, Billy Goats, Buzz Saws, Bronze Bobcats, Bay Hawks;
Catamounts, Clouds, Cloudbursts, Clam Diggers, Cool Dudes, City Slickers, Cockatoos, Cumulo Nimbos, Crabs, Cutthroats, Chowderheads, Chinook Passers;
Daffy Ducks, Domebusters, Diarrheas, Dogwoods, Drizzlers, Ding Dongs, Dreadnaughts;
Electric Loggers, Ferrys, Flounders, Frogs, Fruits Pickers, Flying Wedges, Ferrets;
Green State Geoducks, Green Giants, Go-E-Ducks, Gnomes;
Hammerheads, Harpooners, Halibut Heads, Herman's Hermits, Hydrofoils;
Ichi Ban, Identified Flying Objects, Igloos;
Koala Bears, Killer Whales, Kelpers, Kilowatts, King Krabs;
Lucky Loggers, Microwaves, Mongooses, Major Domos, Montlakes;
Nibblers, Nutcrackers, Nordy's Best, Nanuks;
Peckerwoods, Pachyderms, Playwrights, Puget Puffers, Puddle Jumpers, Pacific Crests, Pike Street Misfits, Plimsoll Marks, Peacemakers;
Queen City Quinaults, Quicksands;
Rainbirds, Rainy Ramblers, Rain-Dears, Running Salmon, Raining Suns, Rain Gods, Rainbeams, Red Tide, Roaches, Roosters, Royal Broughams, Roostertails, Rain-Beaux, Rain Hawks;
Sodbusters, Sounders, Spunkies, Spittoons, Sea Urchins, Salty Dogs, Sheep, 747's, Silver Sasquatches, Skeletons, Sardines, Sperm Whales, Sleazies, Sonics, Snowflakes, Sourdoughs, Squids, Snorkels, Sinbads, Salamanders, Sun Dodgers, Scoundrels, Shamans, Sky Hawks, Stiletoes, Space Needlers, Scampi, Superscenics, Sawdust Eaters, Spodiodees, Soggies, Saints 'n Sinners, Shrimps;
Ticks, Tremites, Toads, Third Degree;
U & V
Waumpums, Weather Beaters, Woodpeckers, Water Hawks, Washington Georges, White Roosters;
Yogas, Zonkers, Zodiacs.
THE 153 WHO SUGGESTED "SEAHAWKS"
Each of the "winning" entries received two tickets to the Seahawks' preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at the Kingdome on Aug. 29, a "Birth of a Franchise" yearbook and a certificate honoring them for their part in the selection of the team name:
Mrs. James Brown
Mrs. Michael Howell