Seattle Seahawks: 30 greatest players in franchise history
Surprisingly, some people tend to overlook Shaun Alexander as one of the Seahawks’ all-time greats because of his relatively short period of dominance, his dependence on Matt Hasselbeck and an elite offensive line, as well as the cliff he fell off after his historic 2005 season.
Still, there’s no reason to try to bring Alexander down. One of the very best running backs to ever play for the franchise, he put together one of the most impressive efforts the NFL has ever seen. The aforementioned 2005 campaign was his pièce de résistance, as he compiled 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground, earning him NFL MVP honors.
Again though, people argue that he had an unusual amount of help. Hasselbeck kept defenses honest, while the front-five (led by Steve Hutchinson) easily paved huge holes for Alexander to run through. The second the offensive line underwent some restructuring, Alexander’s effectiveness took a huge hit.
Whatever way you choose to spin it, we must all admit Alexander was a sensation for the Seahawks. He tops the franchise rushing yards list by a wide margin and amassed a whopping 100 rushing touchdowns during his eight seasons in Seattle.
I’d say that’s more than worthy of the No. 10 spot on this list.