In 1987 the Seattle Seahawks had the first selection in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft. They used the pick on Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Brian Bosworth even after Bosworth declared that he would never play for the team.
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After the Seahawks front office persuaded him to come to Seattle for a visit, the controversial character signed a 10-year, $11 million deal. The richest contract in Seahawks history at that time.
In 1987, Bosworth’s rookie season, the Seahawks finished 9-6 and lost in the AFC Wild Card game to the then Houston Oilers. Bosworth recorded 4 sacks in 12 games, the most he would ever play in one season in the NFL.
The events that preceded the selection and the story that followed are documented very well in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, “Brian and The Boz.”
"Former Oklahoma and NFL linebacker Brian Bosworth looks back on the mistakes he made as his alter ego “The Boz,” and passes on the lessons he learned."
Bosworth’s career came to end after just three seasons in the NFL. Shoulder injuries caused what was arguably the greatest linebacker in college football history to retire at just 24-years-of-age.