Seattle Seahawks: 15 best running backs in franchise history
The best: Shaun Alexander is indisputably the greatest Seahawks back ever
If you took the DNA of Jim Brown and Barry Sanders, then reared this perfect running back like a Spartan from 300, you still wouldn’t be able to push Shaun Alexander out of the lineup. He broke the Seahawks career rushing mark midway through his sixth season. As you know – or younger 12s may have learned – Seattle has had some spectacular running backs throughout its history. Yet Shaun Alexander is so far ahead of the pack, it’s almost inconceivable.
His 9,429 career rushing total is 2,723 better than Warren’s, the number two man. That’s two full seasons of incredible output. Yet Alexander achieved that in just eight years. His 100 career rushing touchdowns are 42 more than second-place Marshawn Lynch, a man rightfully considered a scoring machine.
His otherwordly 2005 MVP season – 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground, another score receiving – is easily the Seahawks best ever. The only person to even approach that season was Alexander. In third place is Marshawn Lynch and he was almost 300 yards behind. Alexander has five of the Hawks top six single-season rushing touchdown records.
I’ve already gone to some lengths to explain why Alexander absolutely belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame. I’ve rehashed enough of those arguments here as it is. As with so many of the Hawks great backs, his career was cut short by injuries too. Just imagine what this man would have accomplished on the field had he escaped those foot and wrist injuries. Let me just finish with this: as great a player as he was, Shaun Alexander is an even better person. As with so many Seahawks, he works harder than ever to support his community. Few of us can dream to be the player he was, but we can all aspire to his greatness off the field.