The Top 10 Seahawks of the Decade

1. Walter Jones, LT

One of the greatest offensive tackles in NFL history, Jones is arguably the best player in franchise history (Hall-of-Fame receiver Steve Largent is the only other player who might have a case). Jones paved the way for Shaun Alexander’s MVP season and kept Matt Hasselbeck safe for most of his career. Jones may try to come back from a knee injury next season, or he could be done. Either way, he’ll be in the Hall of Fame as soon as he’s eligible.

2. Matt Hasselbeck, QB

A three-time Pro Bowler, Hasselbeck presided over the best run in franchise history. Yes he’s struggled of late, but there is no way the Seahawks make a Super Bowl or win four straight division titles without him. He is the franchise leader in career passing yards, completions and attempts.

3. Shaun Alexander, RB

Alexander’s Seahawks career ended rather unspectacularly, but that doesn’t change the fact he rushed for 1,100 or more yards and 14 or more touchdowns in five straight seasons, ending with an MVP campaign during the Seahawks’ run to Super Bowl XL. During that 2005 season Alexander rushed for 1,880 yards and scored a then-NFL record 28 touchdowns.

4. Steve Hutchinson, G

The left guard with a mean streak will mostly be remembered around here for his departure after the 2005 season (just ask Tim Ruskell), but Hutchinson was great while he was in Seattle. In five seasons, he was a first-team All Pro and a Pro Bowler twice, and along with Jones did the dirty work for a Super Bowl offense.

5. Lofa Tatupu, LB

The middle linebacker, who has missed most of this year with a torn pectoral muscle, was a steal as a second-round pick in 2005. He helped lead the Seahawks to the Super Bowl that season and earned the first of three straight Pro Bowl honors.

6. Bobby Engram, WR

Not the most prolific or athletic receiver in team history, but Engram was a master at helping Hasselbeck convert third downs. It’s no coincidence that Engram’s best years coincided with Hasselbeck’s Pro-Bowl seasons. Longevity gives him the edge over Darrell Jackson on this list.

7. Darrell Jackson, WR

Had more than 1,000 receiving yards in three of his first five seasons, and though he was injured for much of the Super Bowl season, Jackson came back and put up big numbers in the playoffs.

8. Mack Strong, FB

Seahawk lifer was a first-team All Pro in 2005, and a Pro Bowler that year and the following season. Like most fullbacks, Strong held down a job by doing the dirty work, not by putting up big rushing numbers.

9. Marcus Trufant, CB

A starter ever since the Seahawks drafted him in 2003, Trufant had his best year in 2007, earning Pro Bowl honors after recording seven interceptions.

10. Julian Peterson, LB

The athletic outside linebacker spent just three years in Seattle, but piled up 24.5 sacks during that time and was a Pro Bowler each season.

Compiled by John Boyle, Herald Writer

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