Prime Numbers Series: Seahawks Edition

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As you may have seen, this month NBCSN is running the Prime Numbers Series in which the all-time best player ever to wear each possible jersey number is named. What would a Seahawks version of the series look like?

This is actually a project I started in my head some time ago, independent of the NBCSN project. It was born out of boredom. On weekends I take my dog out to play fetch and try to count 100 throws each time. To keep myself occupied, I started thinking which Seahawk player had worn the number for each throw. Over time I came up with someone for probably two-thirds of the numbers; having made it thus far, I sat down with historic rosters and filled in the rest. I’m not really a jersey-number maven but you can probably say I’m a fairly obsessive type, once I get my mind thinking about something.

Once I finished the list, I figured I should share it with someone, so here it is: the greatest Seahawk to wear each jersey number – with discussion where I felt like it.

Just to be clear (and to avoid a silly discussion I had in a thread): this has nothing to do with actual prime numbers; that’s just the name that NBCSN chose to give to this series.


1 Warren Moon

2 Todd Peterson

3 Russell Wilson

4 Trent Dilfer

5 Ruben Rodriguez

6 Charlie Whitehurst

7 Jon Kitna

8 Matt Hasselbeck

9 Norm Johnson. Apologies to the many Jon Ryan fans out there.

10 Jim Zorn

11 Deion Butler

12 Sam Adkins. One of the most likely people to stay on this list forever.

13 Keary Colbert. He is one of three Seahawks to wear this number, along with Gino Torretta and Ken Walter; Colbert is the only one to have had meaningful playing time. It’s not like he asked Tim Ruskell to acquire him in an ill-advised panic move.

14 Rick Tuten

15 Seneca Wallace

16 Tom Rouen

17 Dave Krieg

18 Sidney Rice

19 James McKnight. He only wore this number for one season before changing to 82. But his body of work with this number still outshines those of Fabien Bownes and Logan Payne.

20 Terry Taylor. Very close race here between Taylor, Kerry Justin, Maurice Morris, Justin Forsett and Jay Bellamy, who all had their moments for this franchise. Taylor didn’t quite live up to his first-round status but was a starting cornerback for the Hawks for four years.

21 Ken Lucas

22 Dave Brown

23 Marcus Trufant

24 Marshawn Lynch. Sorry, Shawn Springs – not yours.

25 Richard Sherman. Previous holder: Robert Blackmon.

26 Ken Hamlin. You could make an argument for Mike Rob or Josh Wilson.

27 Patrick Hunter

28 Curt Warner

29 Earl Thomas. Previous holder: Dwayne Harper.

30 Bobby Joe Edmonds. If only the team hadn’t prematurely traded Ahman Green.

31 Kam Chancellor

32 John L. Williams. Apologies to Ricky Watters.

33 Leon Washington. Apologies to Dan Doornink and Darryl Williams.

34 Terreal Bierria. What, you wanted Franco Harris?

35 Steve Smith. No, not that Steve Smith. No, not that Steve Smith either. This one was a longtime Raider fullback who finished his career with the Seahawks in 1994-1995.

36 Lamar Smith

37 Shaun Alexander

38 Mack Strong

39 Brandon Browner

40 Kerry Joseph

41 Eugene Robinson

42 Chris Warren

43 Leonard Weaver. Apologies to Randall Morris.

44 John Harris

45 Ken Easley

46 David Hughes. Quick: name the leading rusher on the 1984 team that went 12-4.

47 Sherman Smith

48 Keith Simpson. Simpson is better known for wearing #42, but he wore #48 as a rookie in 1978. Simpson, Carlester Crumpler and Mike Morgan are the only Seahawks ever to wear #48; all three of them wore the number as rookies and then changed to different numbers starting with their second seasons. Frankly I have no idea who was best while wearing this number, which should be the relevant inquiry, but Simpson had the most distinguished career.

49 Clint Gresham

50 Fredd Young. K.J., you have some distance to go, including a contract extension, before we give you this.

51 Lofa Tatupu. Forgotten contender: Anthony Simmons

52 Kevin Mawae

53 Keith Butler

54 Bobby Wagner. Previous holder: Art Kuehn.

55 Michael Jackson. The blue wave is on a roll!

56 Leroy Hill

57 Tony Woods. By a nose over Shelton Robinson.

58 Bruce Scholtz

59 Julian Peterson. If you want to say Blair Bush, that’s cool too.

60 Max Unger

61 Robbie Tobeck

62 Chris Gray

63 Nick Bebout. One of the most difficult numbers to find anyone; Bebout was the starting left tackle for the first four years of the Seahawks’ existence.

64 Ron Essink

65 Edwin Bailey

66 Andy Heck. You can also go with Pete Kendall, who profiles very similarly to Heck: a lineman picked in the first round who played respectably and then bolted after hitting free agency.

67 Reggie McKenzie

68 Breno Giacomini

69 Clinton McDonald. Before 2013, the honor likely would have gone to Jeff Blackshear, a part-time starting lineman for a few years in the mid-90s. Floyd Wedderburn also wore this number.

70 Michael Sinclair

71 Walter Jones

72 Joe Nash

73 Ray Roberts

74 Manu Tuiasosopo

75 Howard "House" Ballard. Sean Locklear seemed destined to take it from him, but didn’t.

76 Steve Hutchinson. As much as I’d like Russell Okung to take this honor, he’s not close.

77 Jeff Bryant

78 Bob Cryder

79 Jacob Green

80 Jerry Rice. Just kidding.

81 Golden Tate. Really tough choice here between players who were #1 receivers for a short period but didn’t have that great a body of work: Tate, Koren Robinson and Sean Dawkins. Daryl Turner, Tommy Kane and Nate Burleson also had their moments. But only one of these guys has a ring.

82 Darrell Jackson

83 Deion Branch

84 Bobby Engram. 399 catches for 4,859 yards and 18 TD (eight seasons) vs. 283-4,457-37 (five seasons) for Joey Galloway. You make the call.

85 Mike Pritchard. You can go with the Pro Bowler Alex Bannister, but Pritchard had four very productive years as a receiver. Sentimental choice: Paul Johns.

86 Zach Miller. Just about every notable Seahawk tight end has worn this number: Mike Tice, Christian Fauria, Jerramy Stevens. But only one of these guys has a ring.

87 Ben Obomanu

88 Pete Metzelaars

89 Brian Blades

90 Terry Wooden

91 Chris Clemons

92 Brandon Mebane

93 John Randle

94 Chad Brown

95 Lawrence Jackson

96 Cortez Kennedy

97 Rufus Porter. Patrick Kerney had a higher peak value and played on a better team, but Porter was a key part of an underrated defense for six years and a special teams stud.

98 Grant Wistrom. By a nose over Sam Adams.

99 Michael McCrary

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