Seattle Seahawks: Most Loved and Hated Players
MOST LOVED SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
STEVE LARGENT, WR 1976-1989
Arguably the most popular player in Seahawks' history, Largent is considered one of the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, having held many NFL receiving records at the time of his retirement.
The Seahawks annually award the Steve Largent Award to the player who best exemplifies Largent's qualities. Largent’s so popular that he even got elected to Congress in his home state of Oklahoma.
CORTEZ KENNEDY, DT 1990-2000
Kennedy was one of the most popular players during the down decade of the 1990s for the Seahawks, and he turned down other offers to finish his career in Seattle, a move that will endear you with any fan base.
The 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was a four-time All-Pro, more prestigious than a Pro Bowl selection. The 2012 NFL Hall of Famer saved his thanks to the Seahawks 12th Man--the fans--for the end of his induction speech.
SHAUN ALEXANDER, RB 2000-2007
Alexander suffered from a lack of recognition especially in the early years of his career but everyone in the Pacific Northwest knew who Alexander was, especially after he bolted for 266 yards--still a franchise record--against the then-division rival Raiders during his second season in 2001.
Alexander peaked in 2005, when he was the NFL MVP, carrying the ball a punishing 370 times while rushing for 1880 yards and 27 touchdowns, leading the Seahawks to their still-only Super Bowl appearance.
Despite the Seahawks losing the controversial Super Bowl XL to the Steelers, Alexander led all rushers in that game with 95 yards. Even though Alexander's performance dropped off quickly after that 2005 season, fans will never forget what he did for them.
JIM ZORN, QB, 1976-1984
Zorn’s mad scrambling style made him an all-time fan favorite, not to mention he was the very first Seahawks QB and played exceptionally and excitingly well from the Seahawks inaugural season of 1976 (in the NFC).
Zorn was supplanted by another fan favorite Dave Kreig who took the Seahawks to their first playoff appearance in 1983, but Zorn laid the foundation for the Seahawks surprising consistency as an expansion franchise.
MATT HASSELBECK, QB 2001-2010
Hasselbeck remains the only quarterback to lead the Seahawks to a Super Bow. He rebounded confidently from the infamous “We’re gonna win” coin-flip prediction that quickly turned into an OT loss to Green Bay in the 2003 wildcard game to have some great postseason games including leading the 11-point underdog Seahawks to a home 2010 wildcard victory against the Saints (though Hasselbeck was booed off the field in Week 15 of that season).
But when Hasselbeck left as a free-agent for Tennessee after the Seahawks declined to resign him, fans were wary about the future with the inconsistent Tavaris Jackson at quarterback and more than a few wish Hasselbeck would come back.