Seahawks Team History Overview

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The Team History by Season section features interactive team photos, search & sort team rosters, draft picks, coaching staffs, preseason & regular season game-by-game details, playoff details, and division standings. Video features are also sprinkled throughout the section, featuring Legends who played or coached on the particular year their feature appears. The All Seasons Menu on each season page contains links to each of these season pages, from 1976 to 2016.

The Origin of “Seahawks”

The nickname “Seahawks” was the result of a fan contest that drew 20,365 entries and suggested 1,742 different names. “Seahawks” was suggested by 151 entrants and judged as the best choice.

Coaches

  • Jack Patera (1976-1982)
  • Mike McCormack (1982)
  • Chuck Knox (1983-1991)
  • Tom Flores (1992-1994)
  • Dennis Erickson (1995-1998)
  • Mike Holmgren (1999-2008)
  • Jim Mora (2009)
  • Pete Carroll (2010-present)

The Ring of Honor

  • Steve Largent (wide receiver: 1976–1989) – inducted 1989
  • Dave Brown (cornerback: 1976–1986) – inducted 1992
  • Pete Gross (play-by-play radio announcer: 1976–1992) – inducted 1992
  • Curt Warner (running back: 1983–1989) – inducted 1994
  • Jacob Green (defensive end: 1980–1991) – inducted 1995
  • Jim Zorn (quarterback: 1976–1984) – inducted 2001
  • Kenny Easley (safety: 1981–1987) – inducted 2002
  • Dave Krieg (quarterback: 1980–1991) – inducted 2004
  • Chuck Knox (head coach: 1983–1991) – inducted 2005
  • Cortez Kennedy (defensive tackle: 1990–2000) – inducted 2006
  • Walter Jones (offensive tackle: 1997–2009) – inducted 2014

Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Mike McCormack (president & general manager (1982-1989), coach (1982): inducted 1984)
  • Franco Harris (running back: inducted 1984)
  • Steve Largent (wide receiver: 1979-1989; played entire career as a Seahawk; inducted 1995)
  • Carl Eller (defensive end: 1979; inducted 2005)
  • Warren Moon (quarterback: 1997-1998; inducted 2006)
  • John Randle (defensive tackle: 2001-2003; inducted 2010)
  • Jerry Rice (wide receiver: 2004; inducted 2010)
  • Cortez Kennedy (defensive tackle: 1990-2000; played entire career as a Seahawk; inducted 2012 )
  • Walter Jones (tackle: 1997-2008; played entire career as a Seahawk; inducted 2014)
  • Kenny Easley (safety: 1981-1987; played entire career as a Seahawk; to be inducted on August 5, 2017)

Stadiums

  • Kingdome (1976-1999*)
  • Husky Stadium (2000-2001)
  • CenturyLink Field** (2002-present)
    *1994: played 3 games in Husky Stadium
    **Known as Seahawks Stadium (2002-03), and as Qwest Field (2004-2010)

Firsts

  • First College Draft Pick (NFL Draft): Steve Niehaus, Defensive Tackle (Notre Dame) – Round 1, Pick #2
  • First Preseason Game: August 1, 1976 – vs. San Francisco 49ers (@Kingdome) – lost 27-20
  • First Regular Season Game: September 12, 1976 – vs. St. Louis Cardinals (@Kingdome) – lost 30-24
  • First Home Game Win: November 7, 1976 – vs. Atlanta Falcons, won 30-13
  • First Road Game Win: October 17, 1976 – at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won 13-10
  • First Playoff Appearance: December 24, 1983 – AFC Wildcard vs. Denver Broncos (@Kingdome) – won 31-7

Super Bowl Appearances

  • Super Bowl XL – February 4, 2006 (@Ford Field) – lost 21-10 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Super Bowl XLVIII – February 2, 2014 (@MetLife Stadium) – won 43-8 vs. Denver Broncos
  • Super Bowl XLIX – February 1, 2015 (@University of Phoenix Stadium) – lost 28-24 vs. New England Patriots

NFL Lockouts

1982 (season shortened to 9 games), 1987 (season shortened to 15 games)