Countdown to 2020: Best Seattle Seahawks player to wear No. 27
By Lee Vowell
Who is the best number 27 in Seattle Seahawks history?
12s now have less than four weeks, theoretically, until the Seattle Seahawks literally kick off their 2020 season. On paper, the Seahawks should be a good team. And the player who currently wears uniform number 27, Marquise Blair, might have some impact on the season. But who is the best number 27 in Seattle history?
Well, that is a good question because it is kind of close. Seattle’s list of number 27s isn’t great but it also isn’t terrible. Blair, with luck and long-term success, could become the greatest 27 in Seattle history. He isn’t there yet. But Willie Williams, who played from 1997 to 2003, or Patrick Hunter, who played from 1990 to 1994, might be.
For this exercise, let’s go with Willie Willams. He played seven seasons with the Seahawks as a cornerback and from 1999 to 2001 had between 4 and 5 interceptions each season. Each year between 1998 and 2000 he returned a pick for a touchdown.
He was also extremely consistent in showing up for games. Between 1995 as a Steeler and 2001 with the Seahawks, he missed no more than two games in any given season.
Oddly, Williams did play 13 years in the NFL but only with two teams and the Seahawks were the middle team. Outside the seasons between 1997 and 20003, Williams played with the Steelers.
Williams never made a Pro Bowl but did have 17 interceptions for Seattle and he returned 3 of those for touchdowns. He also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Between 1997 and 2001, Williams had at least 60 tackles a season for Seattle.
Hopefully one day soon, current Seahawks safety Marquise Blair will make a big impact and overtake Williams as the best Seattle player to ever wear number 27 for the franchise. But until then, Williams is the best. And he is a worthy choice of being so.