Top 100 Seahawks Countdown: No. 70-61

The fourth group of our countdown features two star signal callers, two undervalued tackles, and a special teams ace.

Throughout the course of the 2019 season, the NFL will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary with a variety of events and programs honoring players and coaches of the past and present.

To take part in the festivities, Seahawk Maven writers Corbin Smith, Dan Viens, Nick Lee, and Ryan Fountain have assembled their own rankings for the top 100 players in Seahawks franchise history.

Who made the final cut? Continuing our countdown, here’s players No. 70 through 61 with analysis and commentary courtesy of our writing staff.

70. Dave Wyman, MLB

Career Stats: 364 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions

Writer’s Take: Wyman’s career in Seattle almost ended before it really got going, and you can thank two bad shoulders for his tenure as a Seahawk. One of the shoulders was his, and the other belonged to Brian Bosworth. The Seahawks didn’t anticipate having a chance to land the infamous Bosworth in the supplemental draft just months after making Wyman a second round pick out of Stanford in the regular draft, and now they had a glut of inside backers with Fredd Young also still in the fold. Halfway through Wyman’s rookie season, they tried trading him to Denver, only to get him back when he failed a physical due to a suspect shoulder. But here’s the thing - everything on Wyman was suspect! He was a walking surgery patient for much of his career, but he always found a way to play through it and play well, and that failed trade turned out to be a blessing for the Hawks as “The Boz” ironically never was able to play through his own chronically damaged shoulder. Wyman gave the Seahawks everything he had for six years, racking up all those tackles like a man with his hair on fire. He was simply one of my all-time favorite Seahawks to watch. -Dan Viens

69. Leon Washington, KR/PR

Career Stats: 3,329 kick return yards, 1,069 punt return yards, 5 return touchdowns

Writer’s Take: A running back by trade, Washington came back from a gruesome broken leg suffered as a member of the Jets and became one of the best return specialists in Seahawks history. Traded to the Seahawks for a fifth-round pick, he returned a league-best three kickoffs for touchdowns in his first season with the team, becoming an instant source of points for a squad that struggled offensively. In three years with Seattle, he averaged 10.3 yards per punt return, along with 26.2 yards per kickoff return, and scored five total special teams touchdowns. Washington proved to be an X factor on special teams that gave the Seahawks an edge on almost every Sunday and his ability to create fireworks each week made him a fan favorite during the early years of the Carroll era. -Ryan Fountain

68. Ron Essink, T

Career Stats: 102 games with 91 starts

Writer’s Take: Essink would’ve fit in quite well with the modern Seahawks, as he was an unheralded Division II underdog who became the first player out of tiny Grand Valley State University to ever be drafted. Selected in the 10th round by Seattle in 1980, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound tackle managed to find his way onto the field as a rookie and even caught a touchdown pass from Jim Zorn. You could maybe say he was George Fant before George Fant! Once he became a full-time starter in 1981, he held onto the job for the next five seasons protecting the quarterback’s blind side, starting 70 regular season games and three playoff games at left tackle. That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment for a late round pick coming from such a small school. -Corbin Smith

67. Itula Mili, TE

Career Stats: 164 receptions, 1,743 yards, 13 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: Mili was the kind of draft pick John Schneider and Pete Carroll would have been proud of. Seattle got him in the sixth round only because he blew his ACL late in his senior season at BYU, which scared off other teams and lowered his draft stock. He ended up playing his entire career in Seattle and was a steady presence at the tight end position, really blossoming once Mike Holmgren brought his west coast offense to town in 1999. His best stretch was in 2002 and 2003, when he caught a combined 89 balls for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. Looking back, I remember always wishing they had used him more as a pass-catcher. He was also a much better blocker than some may remember, which is why he ended up being No. 1 on my recent list of the Seahawks all-time best tight ends. -Dan Viens

66. Rocky Bernard, DT

Career Stats: 280 tackles, 29.0 sacks, 53 tackles for loss

Writer’s Take: A major contributor to the franchise’s first Super Bowl run back in 2005, the 300-pound Bernard became an essential piece in the middle of Seattle’s defense who was equally effective at stuffing the run, rushing the passer, and swatting away pass attempts. Despite contributing 8.5 sacks, 52 tackles, and 16 tackles for loss during the 2005 season, he somehow didn’t make the Pro Bowl. Though he never quite produced those numbers again, he ultimately became a huge steal for the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. While he had similar numbers to other defensive tackles on this list, he also was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault against his girlfriend, which dampens his value a bit. Following that incident, Seattle allowed him to go to New York and sign a four-year deal with the Giants, where he finished his career in 2012. -Ryan Fountain

65. Steve August, T

Career Stats: 97 games with 90 starts

Writer’s Take: Drafted 14th overall in the 1977 NFL Draft, August only played in six games as a rookie, but he became a mainstay as Seattle's right tackle over the next six seasons. He started all 16 games in three straight years from 1979-1981, serving as a key part in the Seahawks rise from lowly expansion team into an AFC playoff contender. Once Seattle finally clinched a playoff berth in 1983, he started all three of the team’s playoff games, including a Divisional Round upset over the Dolphins. Injuries shortened his career and forced him to retire in 1985, but he should be remembered as the franchise’s first great offensive tackle. -Nick Lee

64. Jim Zorn, QB

Career Stats: 20,122 passing yards, 107 touchdowns, 1,491 rushing yards

Writer’s Take: There’s always going to be some debate as to just how “great” Zorn was as a player and where his rightful place on this list is, but there’s no denying how impactful he was during the early years of this franchise. His scrambling, improvisational style made for some fun football and his easy-going nature and positive personality meshed perfectly with Steve Largent’s, giving the team an easy marketing angle. Zorn was known as much for his joking nature, the beat-up old Volkswagen Bug he drove for years, and his left-handed throwing style as he was for production on the field. But don’t get me wrong, he was good! Throwing for over 3,000 yards for three straight seasons (1978-80) back then was no small feat, even as he threw a boatload of interceptions in the process. But Zorn’s legacy will always be that he made the Seahawks entertaining, even before they were winners. -Dan Viens

63. Blair Bush, C

Career Stats: 82 games with 78 starts

Writer’s Take: Bush had one of the longest careers you will find among offensive linemen, playing an impressive 17 seasons with four different teams. Though his only Super Bowl appearance happened in Cincinnati, his best years on the field happened in Seattle, who acquired him in exchange for a first-round pick prior to the 1983 season. He became a key foundational piece of the Seahawks offensive line in the mid-1980s, starting at least 14 games in four of his six years with the Seahawks. At one point, he was the team’s all-time leader in starts at center, but Robbie Tobeck surpassed him in 2005. He also started in the franchise’s first six playoff games, including a stunning road upset over the Dolphins in 1983. -Nick Lee

62. Julian Peterson, LB

Career Stats: 249 tackles, 24.5 sacks, 3 interceptions

Writer’s Take: He didn’t play in Seattle long enough to warrant being higher on this list, but Peterson was one of my favorite defenders to watch in a Seahawks uniform during the 2000s due to his diverse skill set. He fit the mold of a modern NFL linebacker, possessing the size, athleticism, and instincts to be a threat rushing the passer while also excelling in coverage. After being signed away from the division rival 49ers in 2006, he immediately lived up to his seven-year, $54 million contract, racking up 10.0 sacks and 89 tackles in his first season with the Seahawks. He continued to harass quarterbacks in 2007, registering 9.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits while adding two interceptions. In just three years with the organization, Peterson made the Pro Bowl each season and amassed more sacks than he did in six prior seasons with San Francisco. Shipping him to the Lions after the 2008 season angered fans, but the move actually worked out in the Seahawks favor, as his overall production waned and he played just two more seasons in the league. -Corbin Smith

61. Warren Moon, QB

Career Stats: 5,310 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, 81.3 passer rating

Writer’s Take: Moon’s standing on this list wound up being one of the most heavily debated among our staff, especially when compared to Zorn, who had a much longer tenure with the Seahawks. Moon only played two seasons in Seattle, but even though he was nearing the finish line of his illustrious career at 41 years of age, he still had plenty of magic left in his right arm. Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career in 1996, he rebounded by throwing for 3,678 yards and tossed 25 touchdowns in his first year as a Seahawk in 1997, earning him his ninth and final Pro Bowl appearance. His age finally caught up with him in 1998, as he was limited to just 10 starts and threw only 11 touchdowns. Zorn will always enjoy the distinction of being Seattle’s first quarterback, but Moon deserved a higher slot for his overall effectiveness and the fact he was the only competent quarterback the Seahawks had for most of the 1990s. -Corbin Smith

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