Seahawks: 15 best defensive backs in franchise history

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Number 10: Seahawks cornerback Shawn Springs, 1997-2003

Now we start getting to the real stars of the Seahawks all-time secondary. The final 10 players aren’t only good because they played for Seattle, they would have been good for any team. Shawn Springs‘ arrival came near the end of the worst full decade for Seattle and helped transform the team. In the 2000s, the Seahawks had one of their most successful decades.

Springs made an almost immediate impact on Seattle’s defense. In his second season, he made the Pro Bowl after picking off 7 passes and returning 2 of them for touchdowns. He also recovered 2 fumbles and returned one of them for a touchdown.

In Springs’ third season, he intercepted 5 more passes. And Springs had 88 tackles in his fourth year. He was a very good player for most of the 7 years he played for Seattle.

A former first-round draft pick in 1997 (he was the third pick overall), Springs currently stands 8th all-time for Seattle in interceptions with 20. He is also 17th all-time in tackles which is quite a lot for a cornerback. After leaving Seattle in 2003, Springs played 5 years for Washington and was good there too with 12 picks.