Seattle Seahawks: 15 best first-round draft picks of all-time

Cortez Kennedy, Seattle Seahawks. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
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Sam Adams, Seattle Seahawks
26 Sep 1999: Sam Adams #98 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on the field during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Seahawks defeated the Steelers 29-10. /

player. 36. . Defensive Tackle. 1994-99. Sam Adams. 14

Sam Adams played a long time in the NFL. This is incredible when you think of the position Adams played. Interior defensive linemen usually get pretty banged up and either retire or lose their ability to be productive. For the most part, this did not happen to Adams.

Of Adams’ 14 NFL seasons, six were spent as a member of the Seahawks. This is twice as long as he spent with any other team. By far and away, Adams’ seasons in Seattle were his best, though two of his three Pro Bowl years were while he was with the Baltimore Ravens.

Tackles for loss was not an official statistic in the NFL until Adams’ last season with Seattle. This is a shame because Adams would have racked up huge numbers in that department. Take into account that Adams was drafted as the No. 8 overall pick in 1994 out of Texas A&M primarily to stop the run. He could do so much more.

Adams had seven sacks in 1997, to go along with 52 tackles. This is top-level activity for an interior lineman who is really there to eat up blockers. Adams could do that, but he could also disrupt any rhythm and offense tried to create.

Adams currently coaches football and basketball for youth teams.