8 results for tag: Patera Era Weekend


A Visit with Nick Bebout

Nick was already a 3-year NFL veteran with the Atlanta Falcons when he was picked by the Seahawks in the 1976 expansion draft. He would go on to play tackle for the team through the 1979 season, and he wrapped up his NFL career in 1980 with the Minnesota Vikings. Nick was in Seattle on Sept. 10 & 11, 2016, for the "Patera Era Weekend."

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A Visit with Autry Beamon

As a defensive back for the Seahawks for three seasons (1977-1979), Autry made an immediate impact in his first game when he blocked a punt and ran it in for a touchdown against the Baltimore Colts. After his first two NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (1976-1976), Beamon followed Jack Patera to Seattle, where he totaled 11 interceptions during his stay. He went on to play for the Cleveland Browns in 1980-1981, and then retired from the NFL. Autry now lives in Minneapolis and works in the cement industry. He was in Seattle on Sept. 10 & 11, 2016, for the "Patera Era Weekend."

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A Visit with David Sims

David was a running back for the Seahawks in the 1977-1979 seasons, and he led the NFL in touchdowns with 15 in 1978.  Sims racked up 19 rushing touchdowns with the Seahawks (5 in 1977, 14 in 1978), 4 receiving touchdowns (3 in 1977, 1 in 1978), and he also threw a touchdown pass to Steve Largent in a 1978 game against the Denver Broncos. He suffered a career-ending injury three games into the 1979 season, having played in 29 games and rushing for 1,174 yards (752 in the 1978 season). He was in Seattle on Sept. 10 & 11, 2016, for the "Patera Era Weekend," along with a number of his former teammates.

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A Visit with Cornell Webster

Cornell was a cornerback for the Seahawks in the 1977-1980 seasons. Nicknamed "The One and Only CW," he scored his only career touchdown on a fumble recovery in 1979 in a game against the Houston Oilers at the Kingdome. He now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and works in the mental health field.

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A Visit with Bob Lurtsema

Aka "Benchwarmer Bob," Lurtsema was one of the original Seahawks as a defensive end & defensive tackle in the 1976-1977 seasons. He entered the NFL with the N.Y. Giants in 1967, where he played through the 1971 season before joining the Minnesota Vikings (1972-1976), where future Seahawks head coach Jack Patera was the defensive line coach. He played one game with the Vikings in 1976 before moving on to Seattle. Lurtsema played in two Super Bowls while with the Vikings (Super Bowl VIII and IX). He also became something of a TV fixture in the Twin Cities area with a series of bank commercials; and he would enter the world of pro wrestling, but ...

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A Visit with Steve August

As the first pick by the Seahawks in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft, Steve would go on to play eight seasons (1977-1984) in Seattle at tackle. He still holds the record for starting the most games at right tackle than any other Seahawk in team history.

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A Visit with Bob Newton

Bob was a member of the inaugural Seahawks team in 1976, and he played guard with the team through the 1981 season. He started his NFL career with the Chicago Bears in 1971, where he would play through the 1975 season before coming to Seattle. Today he works as a chemical dependency counselor for the Betty Ford Center, based in Rancho Mirage, California.

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A Visit with Sammy Green

One of the original Seahawks, Sammy was a linebacker for the team from 1976-1979. He scored his only career touchdown in 1979 on a 91-yard interception return in a game at San Francisco, helping the Seahawks to a 35-24 win. He concluded his NFL career with the Houston Oilers in 1980, and went on to become a teacher in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Green was in Seattle on September 10 & 11 to take part in the "Patera Era Weekend," honoring his former coach, Jack Patera.

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