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.
MOST HATED SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
BRIAN BOSWORTH, LB 1987-1989
The “Boz” alienated fans across the NFL before he even stepped on the playing field, sending letters to particular teams that he had no intention of playing for them if they were unwise enough to select him in the 1987 NFL supplemental draft.
The Seahawks probably think choosing Bosworth was unwise, after signing him to a then rookie record contract of $11 million for ten years. Though Bosworth played well at times during his rookie campaign, he embarrassed himself, and by extension his franchise when he boasted before an ’87 Monday Night Football game against the Raiders he would contain his rookie sensation counterpart Bo Jackson.
But Jackson ran over Bosworth in a memorable run and rushed for 221 yards overall. Bosworth didn’t even make it out of the 1989 season having to retire because of a shoulder, but with the Boz, the question isn’t ‘What If?”, but rather, “Why did we bother?"
DAN MCGWIRE, QB 1991-1994
Ah, what could have been—not for McGwire, but for the Seahawks. The 1991 first-round draft pick (Seahawks passed on Brett Favre to select McGwire) was so lame during the 1992 preseason he was benched behind the likes of Stan Gelbaugh and Kelly Stouffer.
He started all of three games in his underwhelming career (winning one) in 1994 before being cut by the Seahawks after that season. Where were baseball slugger brother Mark’s PEDs when Dan needed something to boost his performance?
RICK MIRER, QB 1993-1996
He wasn’t hated at first, mainly because in his rookie season of 1993 Mirer set a then-NFL records for attempts, completions and yardage and the future looked promising.
But, Mirer was emblematic of the Seahawks’ frustrations in the decade of grunge, his production declining each season until bottoming out with a terrible 1996. Mirer moved on to the Bears after that year and Seahawks fans weren’t missing him or his inconsistency.
KOREN ROBINSON, WR 2001-2004, 2008
About as frustrating as any player in Seahawks’ history, Robinson was the 9th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft and was then plagued by substance abuse violations.
Robinson kept apologizing to Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren and promising to get clean, but he just kept failing. The promise he showed in 2002 with over 1,200 yards receiving was never equaled again with the Seahawks and they parted ways with Robinson after 2004 and he missed out on the Seahawks' only Super Bowl appearance. He did come back in 2008 to catch a 90-yard touchdown pass, though he contributed little else and hasn't played in the NFL since.
FRANCO HARRIS, RB, 1984
Maybe it’s not fair to include the Pittsburgh Steelers legendary running back in this list, and though it’s hard to believe 28 years later, when Franco Harris went to the Seahawks in 1984 after being cut by the Steelers in a contract dispute, it was actually a big deal in the media.
Not only were the Seahawks having their most impressive season to date (that would end with a 12-4 regular season record), but Harris was chasing Jim Brown’s NFL rushing record (along with Walter Payton).
But Franco flopped with the Seahawks, never a comfortable fit in the Dave Kreig-lead offense. The word ‘only’ comes up a lot describing Franco’s tenure in Seattle. He only played in eight games, only started six, he only gained 170 yards in eight games and retired only yards shy of Brown’s record, which Payton ultimately shattered.