Walter Jones Gets the Call from the Hall

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February 1, 2014

Congratulations to Walter Jones, who was announced today as a first ballot selection to join the 2014 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jones will join Steve Largent (Class of 1995) and Cortez Kennedy (Class of 2012) in the Hall as the only players to have played their entire careers in Seattle.

The 2014 Class also includes: Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams. The induction ceremony will be Saturday, August 2, in Canton, Ohio.

The Seahawks traded up in the 1997 NFL Draft in order to select Jones, a Florida State tackle, as the sixth overall pick. The move paid off over the next 12 seasons as he solidified himself as the cornerstone of the Seahawks offensive line while becoming one of the finest tackles in the NFL.

His ability on the football field was evident from the start. He earned the starting left tackle spot during his rookie training camp, was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in October, and was selected as a consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams that year. Jones provided blindside protection for quarterback Warren Moon as the Seahawks topped the NFL in total passing yards that season.

WalterJones700_0201Walter Jones will be inducted in August, joining Cortez Kennedy (pictured) and Steve Largent.

Following the 1999 season, Jones became the first offensive linemen in Seahawks history to be elected to the Pro Bowl. It marked the first of a team-record nine All-Star nods he received in his career.

His level of play continued to escalate, and in 2001 he was recognized with his first selection as a first-team All-Pro. Highlights that season included Jones and his line mates opening holes for Shaun Alexander’s 266-yard game on November 11, 2001, against the visiting Oakland Raiders. At the time it was the fourth highest single-game rushing total in league history. Jones earned first-team All-Pro honors five more times (2002, 2004-07).

The Seahawks possessed what was arguably the NFL’s finest left side at the time with Jones entrenched at tackle alongside perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson. A team leader, Jones was an integral part of Alexander’s MVP season in 2005. Jones helped his running back chalk up a franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards while establishing the then NFL mark for touchdowns in a season (28), as the Seahawks led the NFL in scoring with 452 points.

Jones’ team-record 10 playoff starts included the 2005 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XL. In all, he played in 180 regular season games during his career. He was also a first-team selection of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 2001 (AP) 2002 (PFWA) 2004 (AP, PFWA, SN) 2005  (AP, PFWA, SN) 2006 (PFWA, SN) 2007 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-Pro Second Team: 2006 (AP) 2008 (AP)

All-AFC: 2001 (PW)

All-NFC: 2002 (PW) 2003 (PW) 2004 (PW) 2005 (PW) 2006  (PW) 2007 (PW)

Pro Bowls

(9) 2000, 2002, 2003*, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008*, 2009*

*Did not play
Team Records

Seahawks records held by Walter Jones

(Records through the 2008 season, Jones’ final season with Seattle Seahawks)
[2nd] Most Games Started,  Career 180

Postseason Records

[1st] Most Games Played, Career 10
[1st] Most Games Started, Career 10

Year-by-Year Team Records

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1997 Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 (3rd)
1998 Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 (3rd)
1999 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (1st)
2000 Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 (4th)
2001 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (2nd)
2002 Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 (3rd)
2003 Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 (2nd)
2004 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (1st)
2005 Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 (1st)
2006 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (1st)
2007 Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 (1st)
2008 Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 (3rd)
Qualified for Postseason in Bold

Walter Jones’ Career Stats

Year Team Games
1997 Seattle Seahawks 12
1998 Seattle Seahawks 16
1999 Seattle Seahawks 16
2000 Seattle Seahawks 16
2001 Seattle Seahawks 16
2002 Seattle Seahawks 14
2003 Seattle Seahawks 16
2004 Seattle Seahawks 16
2005 Seattle Seahawks 15
2006 Seattle Seahawks 16
2007 Seattle Seahawks 15
2008 Seattle Seahawks 12
Career Total 180