Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, February 22 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Who Belongs On Seahawks' 'Mount Rushmore?'
The Seahawks have had their fair share of success since entering the league in 1976, and even more so over the past two decades.
Scores of players have contributed to that success — the team's first true superstar, Steve Largent, owned all major NFL receiving records at the time of his retirement in 1989; the 2005 Seahawks were the most prolific offense in the league, scoring 452 points en route to the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance, led by MVP running back Shaun Alexander and Seahawks Ring of Honor members Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones; and of course, the team won its first Super Bowl in 2013 and played in the big game again the following year behind stars like Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Bobby Wagner and the Legion of Boom.
In honor of President's Day on Monday, the Sports Illustrated Seahawks writers attempted to narrow down that list of big names to four who they believe deserve to have their faces etched onto the Seahawks' 'Mount Rushmore.'
For Corbin Smith, Wilson, Jones, Largent, and Lynch made the cut. "Exceeding all expectations as a third-round pick from the outset, Wilson immediately tied Peyton Manning for the most passing touchdowns by a rookie in NFL history," Smith said. "Since then, all he's done is vault himself into the top-20 all-time for passing touchdowns, tied a franchise-record with nine Pro Bowl selections, and guided the Seahawks to eight playoff appearances as well as a pair of Super Bowls."
For Ty Dane Gonzalez, the list was the same except for Bobby Wagner taking the spot of Largent: "Getting set for his 11th year in the NFL, Wagner has accomplished almost everything a linebacker could possibly aspire to at the professional level," Gonzalez said. "Breaking several franchise records along the way, including the most first-team All-Pro selections in team history (6), the longest-tenured defender in the Pete Carroll era has definitively carved out his place in the Hall of Fame."
Rishi Rastogi included Wilson, Jones and Largent, and also added Cortez Kennedy as his final pick. " Kennedy may not seem like a surefire top-four player in franchise history, but he's one of only two Seahawk players to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and he managed to miraculously achieve that feat on a 2-14 team in 1992," he said. "Despite spending all 11 of his seasons with Seattle primarily playing for uncompetitive teams, he was widely recognized as one of the elite pass rushing and run stuffing defensive tackles in the NFL."
Colby Patnode has Wilson, Jones and Lynch on his Mount Rushmore, but went with Kam Chancellor for pick number four. "One of the best defenses of all-time needed a leader, and while Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman made sure you heard the 'Legion of Boom,' Chancellor made sure you felt it," Patnode said. "Yes, Bobby Wagner and Cortez Kennedy are probably the correct choice here based on stats alone, but when somebody mentions the Seahawks, the second player I think of is 'Bam Bam' due to his bone-throttling hits."
Finally, Nick Lee has Pete Carroll on his Mount Rushmore alongside Wilson, Largent and Lynch. "I know this is supposed to be for players, but there is no way to deny Carroll's place in Seahawks lore atop Mount Rushmore," Lee said. "He is the only head coach to bring the city a Lombardi Trophy and helped author the 'Legion of Boom.'"
Click here to read each writer’s full write-up on their respective Mount Rushmores.
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