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Steve Broussard Named Running Backs Coach for WSU

February 9, 2007 Steve Broussard, one of the top backs in Washington State University history, is set to take the field for the Cougars once again - as running backs coach. Broussard was hired away from Portland State without an interview Thursday by coach Bill Doba to replace Kelly Skipper, who was named the previous day as the new offense line coach of the NFL Oakland Raiders. "It's good to bring another Cougar home,” Doba said in a news release. He told The Spokesman-Review of Spokane he didn't interview Broussard, but hired him partly on the basis of a recommendation from one of his former assistants, Idaho coach Robb Akey, who did ...

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World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame Enshrines Steve Largent

Seahawks Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent, NBA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Smith, and National Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew were enshrined in the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame at it’s 12th annual induction ceremonies in Meridian, Idaho, a suburb of Boise. The three humanitarians were inducted into the Humanitarian Hall not for their success on the hardwood, gridiron or diamond, but for their commitment to give back to the communities in which they played and live. The Humanitarian Hall of Fame annually inducts individuals who are world-class in athletic ability, role models in their community and ...

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Steve Largent is a Super Hero Off the Field Too

Steve Largent has been inducted into so many halls of fame that he simply cannot remember all of them. He added another induction to the list Tuesday, courtesy of the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in Boise, Idaho. And this honor means something to Largent because it looks not at what he did on the football field, but how he used football as a platform to make a difference. "It's neat that you have a group of folks that want to recognize athletes who are using the platforms they are given," Largent said in a phone interview last week. "To utilize it for some greater good, a greater purpose." Or several greater goods, in Largent's ...

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First-Class Facility is the Final Step for Seahawks

May 10, 2006  Computer rendering of the new Seahawks facility on Lake Washington. The latest big step in the burgeoning marketability of the Seahawks took shape the day team president Tim Ruskell walked in the door for his first day of work. Ruskell took a look around the team's Kirkland headquarters and decided it needed to be expanded in order for the Seahawks to be major players in recruiting free agents and retaining their own players. Expansion became relocation when Ruskell and CEO Tod Leiweke were out for a boat cruise on Lake Washington and happened upon a plot of land along the lake's southeastern shore. "We weren't looking for ...

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John Friesz & Jerry Rice Join 2006 College Football Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame Divisional Class for 2006, which considers players and coaches from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III, and the NAIA for induction, has announced two Seahawks alumni amongst four players being inducted. John Friesz and Jerry Rice will be in this year’s class, which will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during Enshrinement Ceremonies at the Hall, August 11-12, in South Bend, Indiana. The class includes: PLAYERS Kevin Dent – DB, Jackson State, 1985-88 John Friesz – QB, Idaho, 1986-89 Ronnie Mallett – E, Central Arkansas, 1978-81 Jerry Rice – WR, Mississippi Valley State, 1981-84 COACHES Dick Farley – ...

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Fred Anderson is Torn Between Seahawks & Steelers

February 4, 2006 Fred Anderson was strictly a defensive lineman in his day, someone who chased down quarterbacks and running backs for a living, a guy bent on getting off the block and making the tackle. For Sunday's Super Bowl XL, he'll be a two-way player. Anderson, 51, will be rooting for the Seahawks - and the Steelers. He's one of a handful of guys who have played for both teams (John L. Williams, Willie Williams, Levon Kirkland, Franco Harris, Chad Brown and the late Dave Brown are among others), but remains the only one with a Northwest address. He was with Seattle for the 1980, '81 and '82 seasons as a part-time starter, splitting ...

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For Jim Zorn, Seattle Was Love at First Sight

Everything he owned fit comfortably in a yellow Volkswagen, with just enough space left over for a few dreams. Jim Zorn hitched the VW to a friend's truck and started for Seattle with odds longer than his drive. He knew nothing about his chances and even less about the city. So he did the only thing that made sense - he stopped at an outdoor store near the interstate and purchased hiking boots and a down vest. Zorn remembers the exact date - March 11, 1976 - like he remembers the birthdays of his four children. The day a virtual unknown from Cal Poly Pomona embarked on a journey that wouldn't culminate for nearly 30 years, that won't ...

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Three Original Seahawks Employees

January 26, 2006 As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, Gary Wright was on the sideline making sure Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke and president Tim Ruskell got to the stage in the middle of Qwest Field to accept the Halas Trophy. At the same time, Sandy Gregory was in the restaurant above the south end zone, preparing for the team's postgame radio show; and Thom Fermstad was at his usual 50-yard line post above the press box, capturing every last frame of the Seahawks' 34-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers. What these three were doing at the franchise's apex moment is significant, because they've been ...

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Keith Butler Faces His Old Team in Super Bowl XL

Before there was "The Boz," there was the Butler. Before Lofa Tatupu was even born, Keith Butler was making big plays as a linebacker for an aggressive, opportunistic Seahawks defense. In 8 1/2 seasons, from 1978-86 and including the strike-shortened 1982 campaign, Butler averaged 95 tackles and still ranks No. 2 on the club's all-time list with 813. This week, Butler is spending his time trying to devise ways to tackle Shaun Alexander as the linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers team that will play the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL on Feb 5. "I finally make it to a Super Bowl, and who do I end up facing? My old team," Butler said Monday ...

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Chuck Knox Takes His Place in the Ring of Honor

Maybe, Chuck Knox decided, he wasn't built for college. Maybe a college education wasn't in his DNA. Maybe, after all, he was meant for the mills. After five weeks, he left Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. He left the school, left the football team and went home to the western Pennsylvania town of Sewickley. A part of Knox believed that once a mill worker, always a mill worker, because, you see, a mill worker was as tough as anthracite coal, but the young Knox was also as insecure as the 45th player on a 45-man roster. Knox knew he could survive the daily hardscrabble grind in the mill. He was less sure he wanted to deal with the uncertainty ...

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