Pete Gross served as the radio play-by- play “Voice of the Seahawks” for 17 seasons: from the Seahawks inaugural 1976 season through 1992.
One of the most beloved people to have ever been associated with the Seahawks franchise, fans will never forget his numerous “Touchdown Seahawks!” calls.
Over his 17 seasons, Gross called all but the five games he missed in 1992 while battling cancer. His career included eight playoff games, and in the 1983 season Gross came within one game of the Super Bowl when Seattle faced the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship game. The Seahawks lost that game 30-14.
Prior to moving to the Seahawks, Gross was the play-by-play voice of the University of Washington in both football and basketball. He came to Seattle after calling play-by-play for the University of the Pacific.
Gross was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, and he succumbed to the disease on December 2, 1992 at age 55, just three days after his induction into the Ring of Honor. He was inducted into the Ring during a Monday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos, a game the Seahawks won in overtime.
His legacy remains, as the Seahawks are actively involved with the Pete Gross House. The Pete Gross House, which opened in November of 1999, is a 69-unit apartment complex that provides housing for families undergoing treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.