Seahawks by the numbers: Best to wear jerseys 21 through 30
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks have had some great players in recent seasons. A few of the best in franchise history wear uniforms 21 through 30.
Ok, Seahawks fans, I will admit that among this list of best players to wear certain jersey numbers for Seattle, the last list of 11-20 was not that great. But this list is much better.
Trust me. This list doesn’t start off very well, but it gets better. Just stick with it.
Number 21: Ken Lucas
Why?: Lucas played just four seasons with the Seahawks and wasn’t really good until his last year. But in 2004 the cornerback intercepted six passes and returned one of them for a touchdown. He also has 21 passes defended.
In 2005, the year after leaving the Seahawks, Lucas had six interceptions with the Carolina Panthers, so he was no one year wonder.
Current Seahawks: Hey, this is fun! Currently there are two Seattle players who wear number 21: Cornerback DeAndre Elliott and running back J.D. McKissic.
Number 22: Dave Brown
Why?: Of all the players we have had on all these lists so far, Brown is way beyond any other Seahawk to wear his same number. Brown had 62 career interceptions in 11 years in the NFL. 50 of them were with the Seahawks. He returned five interceptions for touchdowns. All of them during his time with Seattle. And yet he made only one Pro Bowl. If anyone asks you why you don’t like the NFL, Dave Brown having the career he did with only one Pro Bowl should be the answer.
Current Seahawk: C.J. Prosise, running back
Number 23: Marcus Trufant
Why?: Ok. So forget what I said a minute ago. Trufant puts, so far, the greatest distance between himself and any other Seahawk to wear his jersey number. But again, Trufant only had one Pro Bowl and that was after his seven interception year of 2007. The cornerback spent his entire 10 year career in Seattle after playing at Washington State and was born in Tacoma. He’s a homer.
Current Seahawk: Neiko Thorpe, cornerback
Number 24: Marshawn Lynch
Why?: You don’t really need to ask “why,” do you? Or might you? Lynch seems to be the obvious choice with his being involved with the Seahawks longest stretch of championship-caliber success. But Lynch still ranks only fourth on Seattle’s all-time rushing list.
Shawn Springs was also pretty good in his Seattle, especially early on. But Lynch has had the Beastmode runs versions one and two and is a Super Bowl champ.
Lynch now plays with the Oakland Raiders.
Current Seahawk: Mike Tyson, cornerback
Number 25: Richard Sherman
Why?: Look at Lynch above. Basically a lot of the same reasons. Sherman was a great member of the Legion of Boom for several years. He made the great play to send Seattle to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.
Sherman was an excellent tackler and basically shut one side of the field down for opposing quarterbacks. He will be missed and it was joy to watch him with the Seahawks.
And by the way, numbers 24 and 25 on this list are so much better than anything on 11-20.
Current Seahawk: No one. Of course.
Number 26: Shaquill Griffin
Why?: Ok, I am calling it. So far the best 26 in Seattle history is…no one. Well, except for now. Griffin is about to change the past and future of number 26 in Seattle lore. The right cornerback has now flipped to left. He will cover the best receivers Seattle faces. And he will do so excellently. Griffin may be already, but will definitely become, the best number 26 ever for the Seahawks.
Current Seahawk: Griffin
Number 27: Patrick Hunter?
Why?: I could have gone with no one on this number. Hunter was in Seattle for nine years and mostly started at right cornerback for five of them. He wasn’t great but he was still a better number 27 than anyone else in Seahawks history.
Current Seahawk: Mike Davis, running back
Number 28: Curt Warner
Why?: Warner is the third leading rusher in Seahawks history with 6,705 yards. He scored 55 rushing touchdowns in his Seattle career. Former head coach Chuck Knox thought enough of him to move up to the third pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. Was Warner good enough for that? Probably not. But he is clearly the best number 28 Seattle has ever had.
Current Seahawk: Justin Coleman, cornerback (For the record, Coleman is pretty good too.)
Number 29: Earl Thomas
Why?: Thomas is a future Hall of Famer. Will he finish his career in Seattle? Maybe not. Heck, he may not even play with the Seahawks in 2018. But Thomas has been a Super Bowl champion with Seattle and he has been a three-time first-team All-Pro. Thomas has also made six Pro Bowls. And this in only eight seasons. Thomas is the best free safety in the NFL currently.
Current Seahawk: Thomas
Number 30: No one
Why?: Sorry to end this part of the countdown of best players to wear a certain jersey number for the Seahawks, but number 30 doesn’t really have any good candidates. Corey Harris? Not really. All this said, if Bradley McDougald can stick around for three solid years, he will be the best number 30 in Seahawks history.
Current Seahawk: McDougald
Next: Who wore Seahawks jerseys 1-10 the best?
So the list of best Seahawks to wear jerseys 21 through 30 ended with a thud. But the group also included Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch. That is pretty good stuff. And Shaquill Griffin might end up being an all-time Seahawks great too.