Number 7: The all-time RB Seahawks leader in games played was a machine
To be specific, he was a blocking machine. Mack Strong was one of those backs whose career overlapped that of Morris. You get right down to it, Mack Strong’s career practically overlapped everyone from Jim Zorn to Jamal Adams. Okay, so he played from 1994 – 2007, but he man still had longevity. He could also influence a game without ever showing up on the stat sheet. Okay, sure, he has some stats, but the man’s bread-and-butter was blocking. And by blocking, I mean obliterating the opposition.
Mack Strong ranks first among all Seahawks running backs in games played with 201. That places him second among all Hawks, behind only Joe Nash’s 218 games. Now consider that Strong played fullback, a position where he was routinely asked to block players that outweighed him by 60 or more pounds. According to statistics compiled by Christina Gough for statista.com, the average career length for an NFL running back was 2.57 years. I don’t have the timeframe covered by that, but a 14-year career for a running back is astounding. For a fullback, it’s insane.
Do you want crazy, like, really crazy, 12s? Mack Strong made the Pro Bowl twice. That’s pretty good for a fullback, right? Especially a fullback who had a total of 548 yards from scrimmage in those two seasons combined. Strong was even a first-team All-Pro in the first of those two years. Now, here’s the crazy part; he was 34 when he was named an All-Pro, and 35 in his second Pro Bowl appearance. He played one more year, then retired at the age of 36. He only had 909 yards rushing over his entire career, but if there was ever a player who deserved a name like Mack Strong, he was it.