Steve Hutchinson Inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame
Former Seahawks All-Pro offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson was one of three new members inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame on March 31. He was joined by former Alabama Head Coach Bill Curry and Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali.
The trio makes up the 28th class in the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, and pushes the total number of inductees to 111 – an exclusive club when you consider more than 5,000 players have donned a Senior Bowl uniform in its 65-year history.
The three former Senior Bowlers were inducted in an event at the Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile, Alabama, and joined a prestigious group that includes Joe Namath, Walter Payton, Dan Marino, Bo Jackson and Brett Favre.
Hutchinson, who played in the 2001 Senior Bowl, enjoyed a 12-year NFL career (Seahawks: 2001 – 2005, Minnesota: 2006 – 2011, Tennessee: 2012) that included seven trips to the Pro Bowl. The former first-round pick of the Seahawks blocked for the likes of Shaun Alexander and Adrian Peterson, and was arguably the top guard in the mid to late 2000s.
“I’m humbled,” said Hutchinson. “If you think about it, a majority of the guys that have done well in the NFL have played in the Senior Bowl.
“Steve set the standard for offensive guard play during his remarkable NFL career that included seven trips to the Pro Bowl,” said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “Blessed with excellent athletic ability, strength and football instincts, he became the prototype for the position and a model of consistency for both the Seahawks and Vikings.”
And Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was honored as the Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year during the March 31 ceremony.
Lockett, who played in the 2015 Senior Bowl and was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the NFL Draft, was named to the Pro Bowl in February. The speedy wide receiver joined Gayle Sayers as the only rookie to record at least five receiving touchdowns, a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown. He finished the season with 51 receptions for 664 yards and six touchdowns.
He was the only rookie to be named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team.