Seahawks: 15 best defensive backs in franchise history

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Number 4: Seahawks safety Eugene Robinson, 1985-1995

Eugene Robinson became the Seahawks second great free safety after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent before the 1985 season. The issue wasn’t that Robinson wasn’t a great college player; He was. But Robinson played at Colgate which isn’t exactly well-known for producing great NFL players. Robinson was basically unnoticed.

But in 11 seasons with Seattle, Robinson missed just two games. He made as many Pro Bowls as he missed games. And between 1990 and 1993, there was arguably no better free safety in the NFL. The reasons for this are numerous.

With Seattle, Robinson intercepted 42 passes and forced 10 fumbles. Four times he had more than 100 tackles. Robinson was actually an excellent tackler and he rarely whiffed. He was a complete player who could cover well, be great in run support and cover lots of ground. Robinson’s 42 picks rank second all-time for Seattle. He is 7th in number of games played at 170. But Robinson is far and away the leader in tackles for Seattle with 942. Bobby Wagner is second with 819.

Robinson played 16 seasons in the NFL and finished with 57 interceptions and made three Pro Bowls. He played in the 1998 Super Bowl for the Falcons. But those two games Robinson missed in 1994 for Seattle? Those were the only games he missed in 16 years.