We asked our readers who the five worst Seahawks players of all time were. The results may surprise you……. or not.
Last year around this time we attempted to put together our “Seahawks Mount Rushmore,” to try and narrow down who the four greatest players were in the team’s history. But what about the other end of the spectrum?
What about the players who stunk up the joint;the draft busts, veteran imports who fell flat on their face, or the ones who teased but never fully delivered on their potential?
We put the question to Twitter (@12thMan_Rising) and got a huge response.
Here are, according to loyal readers of our website, the 5 worst Seahawks of all time:
5: BRIAN BOSWORTH, LB, 1987-89
“The Boz” was definitely an enigma. When the Seahawks landed him in the supplemental draft in 1987 Hawk fans were stunned….. “we got THAT guy?!” Bosworth was considered the best linebacker in the college game in quite some time, a potential dominating force at the next level. In fact, most agreed he was a can’t miss prospect as a player. As a personality, different story, but it seemed worth the risk at that point.
What none of us knew at the time was that there were significant physical issues that would prevent Bosworth from ever reaching the vast potential he flashed at times. For one, his frame was so small that it couldn’t support the (admitted) steroid-enhanced upper body he had built up. He had a weak base and was easily blocked. He might have been a better fit on the outside as a guy who could run down plays from the backside and get to the QB, but Chuck Knox insisted on playing him inside in their 3-4 defense.
But the real downfall was that Bosworth had a degenerative condition in his shoulders, and he knew it. Why else would he sign a TEN YEAR contract as a rookie? During his second year this was confirmed to me by a close college friend who was represented by the same agent as The Boz, Gary Wichard. They knew his shoulders wouldn’t hold up for long, so they went for the security of the long-term deal rather than banking on a bigger free agent pay day after 3 or 4 seasons.
What’s unfortunate here is that Bosworth was humbled during his two years in Seattle, and near the all-too-soon end to his football career he had toned down the bombastic sideshow. He still may have salvaged a decent career as a player had it not been for the damage he had done to his body.
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