With the holidays in the rear view mirror and the NFL playoffs in full swing, I found myself thinking about past seasons of the Seattle Seahawks. How did this team get to the 2013 season, giving the 12th Man such a great ride? The following are dates I’ve chosen to share with you out of many over the years. Join me as I turn on the Flux Capacitor and travel through Seahawk history.
5. January 19, 2010 – John Schneider is hired as the General Manager of the Seahawks. Employed by the Seahawks in the past, Schneider returns becoming one of the youngest GM’s in the NFL at age 38. His work ethic and eye for talent would prove to be a big reason for the success of the young squad.
4. February 2, 1996 – Ken Behring, then owner of the Seahawks, decides Anaheim was to be the new home of the franchise. This plan ultimately failed and in June 1997, the team began a new era with current owner Paul Allen.
3. April 27, 2012 – Seattle selects Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. With Matt Flynn signing on to be the starter in the off-season, Wilson would compete for the role of backup. However, Wilson’s desire and hard work was too impressive to ignore. Carroll would name Wilson the starter and the Seahawks would see an immediate impact.
2. January 11, 2010 – The Seahawks hire USC head coach Pete Carroll as executive vice president and head coach. Carroll would bring the franchise, the players, along with the 12th Man an increased sense of optimism. His energy and consistency has made him a favorite of his players and coaches.
1. June 4, 1974 – The NFL awards the city of Seattle a franchise. Seattle Professional Football, a group of business and community leaders, had announced in 1972 it would try to bring the NFL to the state of Washington. They would soon play in the Kingdome while holding training camp at Eastern Washington University. The east side of the state would experience professional football, making the Seahawks a team for the entire state.
Other significant occurrences – 12th Man comes to life. The 1983 season, producing the first franchise playoff win. Construction of Qwest Field, later becoming CenturyLink Field. The trade in 1976 with the Houston Oilers bringing Steve Largent to Seattle (Houston received a 1976 8th round draft pick). Appearance in Super Bowl XL.
So as we continue the Seattle Seahawks 2013 season, what plays, players or decisions can you think of that has made this team so special? GO HAWKS!!