Seattle Seahawks legend Shaun Alexander remains one of the best running backs to have ever played the game, yet he remains without a Hall of Fame bust.
At the peak of his powers, Alexander was unstoppable. His 2005 season will go down as one of the best ever by a running back, and it resulted in not only an MVP award but cemented his status as a Seahawks icon.
He also remains one of two Seahawks players to ever grace the cover of Madden, joining the like of Richard Sherman — which says all you need to know about his status as a legend.
Yet, despite his career Alexander isn’t in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Alexander is humble, but he’s not ignorant to the fact that he’s one of the best running backs to have ever played the game. When asked about his Hall of Fame candidacy, and whether not he thinks he’s being overlooked, Alexander was pretty candid.
“To be honest, yes,” Alexander said on Stacking The Box about being overlooked by Hall of Fame voters. “When you look at my stats, you have to start talking about things that have nothing to do with what I did. So that’s a little unfortunate.”
Alexander finished his career with 100 touchdowns, nearly 10,000 yards, and broke the single-season touchdown record for running backs back in 2006.
He’s also one of the few non-quarterbacks to have won NFL MVP during his career. Even though he’s not in Canton, Alexander takes solace in the fact that those who are feel like his absence in the Hall of Fame is a sin of omission.
“I’ll call Emmitt Smith and we’ll talk on the phone, or Marshall Faulk or Marcus Allen or Tony Dorset … they’ll be like ‘that’s right, you’re not in the Hall of Fame’,“ Alexander said with a smile. “So they’re all shocked, and that’s always honoring.”
Canton might not have honored Alexander yet, but the Seattle Seahawks have filled in where others have failed. Alexander was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor back this past season, enshrining him among the greatest players to ever play for the franchise that will never forget what he did for it.
Shaun Alexander spoke on behalf of Café Momentum.