GLENDALE AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Wide receiver Mike Williams #17 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 14 2010 in Glendale Arizona. Seattle won 36-18. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
So here we go, yet another trip into the past for the Seahawks. The research for this article was the most fun because I came across a lot of names that once I saw them, I remembered them as a fan. The Seahawks have had quite a collection of solid great and talented receivers. There's of course one name that will probably top this list until the end of time of course, Darrell Jackson.
Ok, ok, I'm kidding. Steve Largent is a name everyone knows and they should. He's really the only nationally recognized Seahawk name outside Walter Jones and for four more years he'll be the team's only hall of famer. At 5'11" 187 lbs. Steve Largent wasn't big, but he was imposing none the less, especially in the redzone. Steve would only record 33 catches in 1978 but 10 of them would be for touchdowns. Steve Largent had a knack for good routes, but he also had the quickest cuts and double moves of any receiver in history, once putting a move so fast on Mike Harden that he fell on his butt trying to keep up effectively loosing his balance so badly that he could only watch in disgust as Largent caught a 22 yard pass. 8 years with 1,000 yards and 100 total touchdowns Largent is in the conversations for the greatest receivers ever to play in the NFL.
Sam McCullum: Good Ol' Sammy was given a nod in one of my other articles and it's hard not to mention him here. He was such a part of the early fire power for this franchise, Both he and Largent were key forces on those early offenses and helped Jim Zorn give the team early life under coach Jack Patera. His best Season was a 62 catch affair in 1980 with 874 yards and 6 touchdowns. Some fans might groan and say those numbers are unimpressive, but when you look at the fact that they were last in the league in running the ball, teams knew they were going to throw in most situations to score. This puts his game and how important it was in a bit of perspective.
Daryl Turner: A 6'3" burner, Daryl Turner was a key piece to the passing attack of the 84 team. He was Dave Krieg's favorite redzone target. Not a ton of yards or catches, but in 2 years he caught 69 passes for 1385 yards and a eye popping 23 TD's. He holds the Seahawk Records for best receiving average at 18.53 He holds the most recieving touchdowns in a Season with 13. He also holds the record for most TDs as a rookie with 10.He also holds an NFL record for TD/Rec Ratio at 36% for players with over 30 Touchdowns.
Brian Blades: Brian Blades managed to bridge the game between two eras in Seahawks football. He would come in near the close of the Seahawks run of playoff appearances and play next to hall of famer Steve Largent. He would set the world on fire with 8 touchdowns his rookie year on just forty catches. The next season '89 Largent's final year, the sophmore slump, became the sophmore bump with 77 receptions and his first of four 1,000 yard seasons. Blades would do this with a slew of terrible QBs throughout the 90's. While Chris Warren was inconsistent and a little frustrating at times tending to be good one week only to fall of the map the next, Blades was good week in and week out no matter who was under center. And my god, that deserves a medal and if you look for other successful names at wide receiver during this dark time, don't worry, because their aren't any.
Joey Galloway: A player with star power and the stats to back it up. He would help the Seahawks start to turn the corner. Joey and the Seahawks together boasted about his speed. One scout for the Seahawks Saying Galloway ran a sub 4.2 It's believable because no matter how hard they tried, Joey got behind every defender it seemed. In 4 full Seasons he recorded 36 TDs and only missed on 4 straight 1,000 yard seasons by 13 yards in his second year. He led the Seahawks in receptions every full year he played in a Seahawk uniform and was the only elite league feared offensive star the Seahawks had on their roster in the mid nineties. People often put Joey out of their minds for the way he left Seattle, but I kinda have to say thank you to him. Steve Hutchinson and Shaun Alexander would arrive in his place Two future stars with dominant stuff? Don't mind if I do.
Darrell Jackson: Probably best remembered for his quick fade from professional football he had the most unlikely of collars around his neck. He was the only receiver from the 2000 draft class to log a decent career in the league and when you see that he was grabbed in the third round, this piece of history just seems more unlikely. He was a rarity too, breaking into the starting lineup his rookie season under Holmgren. It's a rarity to see that, but also to see early success in the west coast offense by a rookie wideout. He would be the Seahawks #1 receiver for 6 seasons and holding a fast first step that allowed him to beat any defender including Champ Baily for his 46 career Touchdowns. Darrell's top performance came against the redskins in the Seahawks first playoff win since 1984. Though in the game the redskins would leave former Seahawk Shawn Springs to cover him man to man. Darrell showed that one on one he could win. 9 catches 143 yards and a touchdown later the Seahawks would say goodbye to mister Springs and hello to their second conference championship appearance.
Koren Robinson: A sad story here after a stunning high flying stomp on the ground with an amazing Sophmore breakout. with 78 catches 1,240 yards and 5 scores. Robinson would fall pray to alcohol and after 2 seasons of battles the Seahawks parted ways with this troubled young man. Never really able to shake his demons, but still a name and skill worth remembering if only for the lessons it can teach us.
Bobby Engram: The man known for his work in the slot, Bobby Engram helped reshape the concepts of Mike Holmgren's offense. Without a tight-end to create mismatches and control defenses, Bobby Engram became the target of what would have been throws to Jerramy Stevens. He never had a large statistical year until his sixth Season in Seattle but his work in 2003 was key to building the power house scoring threat that was the Seahawks of the early 2000's. His best year was 2007 setting a record with 94 catches 1,147 yards and 6 touchdowns. The key to Engram's success was perfect timing routes, it was rare that Matt Hasselbeck ever had to guess where Bobby was going.
Joe Jurevicius: The man had a one year stay in Seattle but boy was it an important one. Losing a deep threat weapon in Robinson and then by week 4 seeing both your #1 and #2 leading receivers go down with injury, a passing offense of any kind would be crippled, but especially in the complex west coast offense where receivers must be on time and correct in everything they do. Enter Joe Jurevicius. A man who never set the world on fire much where he'd been, but had made clutch catches when they mattered. He was big and very strong, becoming a matchup problem in the running game, but where he shined? With 10 redzone TDs. The most TDs he'd ever recorded in a Season and 1/3 of the total in his entire career. He had one of my favorite performances against the Rams for key victory on the road. 9 catches 137 yards and a TD. It's his Two TD performance against the giants that also helped win another key game. Joe was only a one year wonder in a hawks uniform, but if anyone deserved a nod here in spite of that, it's him