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If Marshawn can unretire, why not the other Seahawks RBs?

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Many great men have carried the ball for Seattle. You can have one back today.

those flags are probably nothing

If Marshawn Lynch can unretire, hell, let’s bring all the backs back. Today you’re asked, “Given the power to do so, which Seahawks running back from years past do you add to the 2017 roster?”

Two guidelines:

  1. Your selection comes back in his prime. You don’t have to hand the ball off to 56-year-old Curt Warner. (56-year-old Curt Warner would still get the job done.)
  2. Assume the offensive line performs better than last year, let’s say near league-average in run blocking. This post isn’t about them, it’s about the carriers.

History lesson. Before Lynch, there was Shaun Alexander. Before him, there was Ricky Watters. Before him, Chris Warren, John L. Williams, and finally Warner, in reverse chronological order.

Six men, six eras, six styles. All successful, all Seattle Seahawks whose memory conjures up moments, or games, or full seasons of greatness.

Which man sits atop your personal wish list, though? Could be the one you remember with the most awe because you want to see him play in person; could be the one you think would fit best with the existing roster; could be the one you see having the most success in the modern NFL.

To prime your aging brain cells, some pictures that move and the pertinent stats.

A) Lynch

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Career numbers so far: 2144 - 9112 - 4.3 - 74 in nine seasons. 252 career receptions.

Best season was in 2014, I guess: went 280 - 1306 - 4.7 - 13 with 4 more TD on 48 catches. (It was the 17 total TD’s that swayed me. His 2012 was just as good, statistically.)

B) Alexander

Image (pay special attention to TD number 3)

Career numbers: 2187 - 9453 - 4.3 - 100 in nine seasons. 215 career receptions.

Best season was in 2005 (oh really): went 370 - 1880 - 27 - 5.1 with 15 catches.

C) Watters

Image: Gonna have to go to nfl.com for decent footage. They could use the clicks. I hear the league has fallen on tough financial times. Give them your site visit

Career numbers: 2622 - 10,643 - 4.1 - 78 in ten seasons. 467 career receptions.

Best season was in 2000: went 278 - 1242 - 7- 4.5 with 63 catches.

D) Warren

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Career numbers: 1791 - 7696 - 4.3 - 52 in eleven seasons. 273 career receptions.

Best season was in 1994: went 333 - 1545 - 4.6 - 9 with 41 catches.

E) Williams

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Career numbers: 1245 - 5006 - 4.0 - 18 in ten seasons. 546 (!) career receptions.

Best season was in 1988: went 189 - 877 - 4.6 - 4 with 58 catches, including 3 TD.

F) Warner

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shoulda handed it to curt

Career numbers: 1698 - 6844 - 4.0 - 56 in eight seasons. 193 career receptions.

Best season was in 1986: went 319 - 1481 - 4.6 - 13 with 41 catches.

Poll

If you could bring one of the following backs back for 2017, it would be...

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Marshawn Lynch
    (498 votes)
  • 18%
    Shaun Alexander
    (275 votes)
  • 5%
    Ricky Watters
    (81 votes)
  • 3%
    Chris Warren
    (56 votes)
  • 7%
    John L. Williams
    (109 votes)
  • 30%
    Curt Warner
    (462 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (Dan Doornink, Mack Strong, Sherman Smith, Mo Morris, T.J. Duckett, DuJuan Harris, etc.)
    (36 votes)
1517 votes total Vote Now