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The All-Time Seahawk 53

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A roster built by Field Gulls, for the ages

Ready to go beyond the usual all-time team routine? The next four days of polling will give you a chance.

We’re taking the rest of the week to select the top 53 Seattle Seahawks of all time, building a full roster from strong safety to backup quarterback to rotational D-lineman to kick returner. Twelve position groups over four days, spent constructing the squad of your dreams and the rest of the league’s nightmares.

The summer is long. The season of no football is upon us. Relax, grab an iced tea or a beer (both?), and settle in.

The twist — there’s always a twist — is that some Seahawks qualify immediately. You’re not going to vote on whether Russell Wilson, Kenny Easley, Cortez Kennedy or Walter Jones makes the team. Among others. They already did.

Several roster spots will be filled automatically — usually one for each position group. None of the pre-selections will be controversial; every last one of them would’ve easily the polling hurdle. Your opinions will fill out the rest. This way, votes are not wasted on painfully obvious choices. Like Earl Thomas or Steve Largent, for example.

You might find it enjoyable to envision this project as actual roster construction. For example, if we already have a power back (spoiler: Marshawn Lynch also makes the team) then maybe vote accordingly for the rest of the running backs and fullbacks. Feel free to choose a piece that complements the others, in a role player sort of way. Think of who you’d like to see alongside Tez on that interior line and how they would best feed off each other.

Quarterbacks first. While it’s maybe the highest-profile contest, it might not be the most interesting one. We’ll be taking three, including Wilson, so the top two finishers in this poll will make the team. It’s good. Matt Hasselbeck knows how to be a backup; he’s been one to three of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history: Brett Favre, Trent Dilfer and Andrew Luck.

Poll

Besides Russell Wilson, which quarterback needs to make the Seahawks all-time 53-man?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Matt Hasselbeck
    (1283 votes)
  • 0%
    Jon Kitna
    (6 votes)
  • 21%
    Dave Krieg
    (530 votes)
  • 0%
    Rick Mirer
    (2 votes)
  • 17%
    Warren Moon
    (424 votes)
  • 9%
    Jim Zorn
    (245 votes)
2490 votes total Vote Now

Running backs second. Three or four will qualify; one them is already the aforebeastioned Lynch.

Poll

Besides Marshawn Lynch, which running back / halfback needs to make the Seahawks all-time 53-man roster?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Shaun Alexander
    (1302 votes)
  • 0%
    Dan Doornink
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Justin Forsett
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Maurice Morris
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Sherman Smith
    (8 votes)
  • 40%
    Curt Warner
    (1003 votes)
  • 3%
    Chris Warren
    (77 votes)
  • 3%
    Ricky Watters
    (84 votes)
  • 0%
    Leon Washington
    (11 votes)
2507 votes total Vote Now

And fullbacks round out today’s selections. None pre-selected, and there’s only room for one.

Poll

Which fullback needs to make the Seahawks all-time 53-man?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Heath Evans
    (17 votes)
  • 10%
    Michael Robinson
    (268 votes)
  • 0%
    David Sims
    (6 votes)
  • 50%
    Mack Strong
    (1230 votes)
  • 0%
    Leonard Weaver
    (6 votes)
  • 37%
    John L. Williams
    (928 votes)
2455 votes total Vote Now

Tomorrow we hit the lines. Hard. Sleep well.

Postscript: the names in the poll are generated using pro-football-reference’s Approximate Value tool as a starting point. If a player had a high enough career AV for Seattle to be one of the top at his position, he’s on the list. If he had a high number of games played, that could qualify him too. For example, Mirer. Among Seattle QBs all time, he’s fifth in AV and sixth in career passing touchdowns. Second example: Morris, who suited up 101 times for the Seahawks and racked up 23 AV, 10th in team history among running backs.

Postscript two: if I forgot someone, write them in below in your soon-to-be-green comment. I spaced the Hutch jersey two weeks ago. These things happen.

Statistical comparison of all Seahawks QBs

Statistical comparison of all Seahawks RBs and FBs