With the 19th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected running back Shaun Alexander out of Alabama. In his first season he backed up Ricky Watters and had marginally good numbers for a rookie with 313 yards and 3 touchdowns.
His 2nd season he became the Hawks' feature back and he made the most of the opportunity. Rushing behind the legendary line led by Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson, he rushed for 1,318 yards with 14 touchdowns. His touchdown total was 2nd in the league behind only Marshall Faulk. That season, in a Sunday Night game against Oakland, he rushed for a ridiculous 266 yards on 35 carries. Raise your hand if you miss that kind of run game dominance (Tom Cable - I'm looking at you).
The 2001 season was just a jumpoff to 5 straight seasons of 1000+ yards and 13+ touchdowns. The 2005 season for Alexander was one for the record books as he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns, leading the Hawks to the Super Bowl. His 28 total touchdowns that year was an NFL record. Because of his amazing performance, he was named the 2005 NFL MVP, the only Seahawk in franchise history to win that honor.
Alexander went to the Pro-Bowl 3 times, was Second Team All-Pro in 2004 and First Team All-Pro in 2005. He won the NFL MVP in the most glorious season for the Seahawks in recent memory, and is a part of the NFL All-Decade team for the 2000's. He's a Seahawk legend in any way you look at.
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