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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 hardsc...

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Catching up with Steve Largent

By Mike Brown Life is certainly much different now for Steve Largent compared to his playing days, and time is simply the reason why. Looking like a million dollars at the age of 50, the greatest player in Seahawks franchise history is about to become a grandfather. “Kyle, my oldest, is going to be 26 this summer and is expecting his first child," said the Pro Football Hall of Famer during a visit last week to veteran camp. In fact, Largent and his wife Terry have seen their family grow to where their youngest is a freshman at Seattle Pacific University. ...

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Herman “Thunderfoot” Weaver on the Speaking Trail

March 9, 2005 For 11 years, Herman Weaver spent every Sunday during the fall trying to connect with a piece of pigskin to bring victory to his team. But for the past 24 years, he has been working on another mission: to connect with young students across the country who are having problems in their lives with alcohol or drug abuse. Weaver may not be in the same stratosphere as Joe Montana or Troy Aikman, but over the past two decades he has taken his message to more than a million teenagers all across the country. This week he is in Gallup, New Mexico, and ...

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Dave Krieg to be Inducted into Seahawks Ring of Honor

"Dave quarterbacked arguably a couple of the best teams in the franchise's history," said Chuck Knox, former Seahawks head coach from 1983-1991. "He was a great competitor, and when the team needed big plays in big games he would make them. I can't say enough good things about him." Dave Krieg signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of tiny Milton College in 1980. He went on to spend the first 12 years (1980-1991) of his 19-year NFL playing career with the team while becoming the club's all-time leader in 31 career, season, and single-game passing ...

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Steve Largent’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech

Thank you. This is a very special moment, and it's made more special by each of you participating here this morning. And I want to thank you -- especially my family and friends who have made it very special for me. But I also want to thank the former enshrinees seated to my right, and want you guys to know that from my heart that -- my career, players of my era, the players that play today -- we stood on your shoulders, and we thank you for what you've done in creating the greatest football game -- the greatest sport in the world. Thank you. Thank each of you for the ...

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