Seattle Seahawks: 15 best running backs in franchise history

Nov 24, 1984; Denver, CO, USA; FILE PHOTO; Seattle Seahawks running back Dan Doornink (33) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MPS-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 1984; Denver, CO, USA; FILE PHOTO; Seattle Seahawks running back Dan Doornink (33) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MPS-USA TODAY Sports /
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Seahawks RB Dan Doornink
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Number 14: The doctor makes house calls for the Seahawks

That’s right, 12s, Washington State is in the house with Dr. Dan Doornink. He played fullback for the Cougars, and – oh, I’m sorry, let me give you time to google that.  That was f u l l b a c k. Anyway, Doornink was a beast in college and ranked second in Cougar history for total yards when he graduated. The Giants drafted him in the seventh round in 1978, but he came home to the Seahawks the very next year.

Doctor Dan was a force for the Hawks in the 80s. His first year in Seattle, 1979, was easily his best. He ran for 500 yards and scored eight touchdowns on the ground. The Seahawks also used him extensively in the receiving game. Doornink caught 54 passes for 432 yards and another score. He did all that while sharing carries with another of our top 15 running backs, too.

That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a great player after that season. The Hawks simply used other backs a little more and often abandoned the run game because they fell behind so much. The Hawks gave up about 24 points per game for most of the early 80s. Dan Doornink may have played a long time ago, but he wasn’t a two-way player. He did all he was asked to do and more.