RIP Seahawks Legend Rick Tuten

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The Seahawks organization, and Seahawks fans, mourn the passing of former punter Rick Tuten, who died unexpectedly in Costa Rica this week. He was 52.

The cause of death is not immediately known.

Nicknamed “Bootin’ Tuten,” he played seven season for the Seahawks, 1991-1997, and in 1992 he tied for fourth-most punts in a season in NFL history with 108 punts. He also totaled a career-high 4,760 yards (44.1 avg.) that season. Tuten set his career-high punting average in 1993 at 44.5 yards per punt, and in 1994 he made his lone career trip to Hawaii as a Pro Bowl selection.

“We had tough times, so I spent a lot of time on the field,” he recalled in a 2011 interview (above). “The locker room is the part you remember the most, the people and the personalities, that’s the part you miss the most.”

Tuten is second in team history, behind current punter Jon Ryan, in total punts (554), punting yards (24,266), average (43.8) and punts inside the 20 (147).

He is survived by his wife Jennifer, son Chase, and daughters Kinley and Ryan.

Rick Tuten and family at his Forest High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony in December, 2015.