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5 best players for the Seattle Seahawks that you forgot about

The Seattle Seahawks may not have the same number of iconic players throughout their history as other franchises, but they have had plenty of great players, including some legends that aren’t thought of as Seahawks.

Here are five players you may have forgotten played for Seattle.

5. Franco Harris (1984)

The 13th overall pick in 1972, Harris played 12 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first nine campaigns. He rushed for a total of 11,950 yards and 91 touchdowns, helping the Steelers to win four Super Bowls.

He was cut during training camp in 1984 and signed with the Seahawks, hoping to pass up Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown in career rushing yards (Brown held the NFL record at that point but has since been surpassed by multiple players, including current leader Emmitt Smith).

However, Harris was 34 at the time, and clearly past his prime. He played in just eight games for Seattle, gaining 170 yards, and retired after the season, falling short of Browns’ mark by 194 yards. Six years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

4. Devin Hester (2016)

The greatest punt returner of all time, Hester returned 14 punts for touchdowns during his 11-year career, eight of which he spent with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the second round in 2006. He played two seasons for the Atlanta Falcons and signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016. He appeared in 12 games for the team, and was released in December.

A month later, the Seahawks signed Hester for their playoff run, and after not doing much in the wild card round against the Detroit Lions, Hester had kickoff returns of 78 and 50 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round, although Seattle lost the game. Months later, Hester signed a ceremonial one-day contract in order to retire as a Bear.

3. John Randle (2001-03)

Undrafted in 1990, Randle overcame the odds to become one of the greatest defensive lineman in the history of the league. He ended his career with 137.5 sacks, which is an incredibly high number for a defensive tackle. A seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro, Randle had at least seven sacks in 12 of his 14 seasons and registered at least 10 in eight consecutive years.

He signed with the Seahawks in 2001, and played three seasons for the team, making a Pro Bowl and collecting 23.5 sacks. The legend goes that Randle wasn’t even 250 pounds when he entered the league, and had to secretly wear chains during weigh-in just to get onto the team. Going from that to Hall of Famer is certainly one of the best stories in NFL lore.

2. Jerry Rice (2004)

The greatest wide receiver in NFL history, Rice played 16 years for the San Francisco 49ers, making 12 Pro Bowls, 10 All-Pro teams, and winning three Super Bowls. During his stint with the Oakland Raiders from 2001-2004, he made another Super Bowl appearance, and showed he still had what it takes to play in the league, even into his 40’s.

Six games into the 2004 season, the Raiders traded him to Seattle, and he caught 25 passes for 362 yards and a score in 11 games with the Seahawks. After the season, he signed with the Denver Broncos, but retired before the season began. Rice was a 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, his first year of eligibility. His career 22,895 receiving yards is an NFL record that is unlikely to be broken, as even though the league has never been more pass-happy, Rice’s longevity outmatches nearly every modern player.

1. Terrell Owens (2012)

One of the biggest sports personalities of all time, Owens was also a fantastic wide receiver. He spent the bulk of his career with the 49ers, but also had memorable stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. He spent 2009 and 2010 with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, topping 800 receiving yards each year. Owens played for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League in 2011, and in August of 2012, signed with Seattle.

He lasted 20 days with the team, performing poorly in his preseason action, before being released.

In early 2015, Owens claimed he was not officially retired and was interested in returning to the NFL, but nothing has come of that (at least, not yet). He was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, which seemingly ends what could be described as an entertaining career.