Walter Jones is arguably the greatest left tackle in the history of the NFL. He surely is the Seattle Seahawks best LT in franchise history. Jones played in Seattle for 12 seasons and made nine Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro four times.
Jones joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He became the fourth member of the Hall that played predominantly for Seattle following receiver Steve Largent, safety Kenny Easley, and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. Left guard Steve Hutchinson joined a few years after Jones which means Seattle had a Hall of Fame left side of the offensive line blocking during the early 2000s and opening holes for players like Shaun Alexander.
Jones played on the first Seattle team to go to the Super Bowl in 2005. That same year, Seattle led the league in scoring. And yeah, we all know that Seattle should have won the Super Bowl that season, save for some terrible officiating.
Seahawks throwback: An interview with Walter Jones from 2015
Jones is second all-time for Seattle in number of games started (180) and is fourth in number of games played (also 180). He was the sixth overall draft pick in the 1997 NFL draft. But some other statistics are just ridiculous.
For instance, in Jones’ 13 years in the NFL, he was called for holding just 9 times. He gave up only 23 sacks in his career as well. The number of 23 is even more impressive when one realizes he pass protected on 5,703 plays. This means that just .004 of the time Jones’ quarterback dropped back to pass was that QB taken down by a player Jones was assigned to block.
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