Tailback – Marshawn Lynch
Fullback – John L. Williams
Hate me if you will, long-time 12s, but I am going with Lynch over fellow greats like Shaun Alexander and others at tailback. Also, I am going with a fullback here because a lot of Seattle’s historical success offensively was due to them having a fullback leading the way for the tailback.
Why Lynch over Alexander? It’s easy. If Lynch had had Alexander’s offensive line Lynch would have put up massive numbers for consecutive seasons. As it was, Lynch still rushed for over 1,204 yards in every full season he played in Seattle except one. Alexander may have rushed for more yards in his Seattle career than Lynch, but he also had over 700 more carries in two more seasons.
Plus, and most importantly, Lynch helped set a tone for the team that Alexander did not. Alexander was a product of Seattle’s system in the early 2000s; Lynch changed the mental makeup of the team. The defense during Lynch’s time with the Seahawks was known as the Legion of Boom. If there was only one player on Seattle’s offense during that time who could have been an honorary member, it would have been Lynch.
Lynch and Seattle took no prisoners during his time with the team. Alexander was good but not as good without his offensive line’s talent.
Williams would have fit perfectly on the Seahawks’ teams of the 2010s. He ran hard and punished people. While he was more of a versatile back than most fullbacks, his presence on the field made many bad Seattle offenses at least mediocre. He was invaluable as a player.