Top 100 Seahawks Countdown: No. 80-71

The third group in our countdown mostly lies in the trenches, featuring five talented offensive and defensive linemen.

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. 80 through 71 with analysis and commentary courtesy of our writing staff.

80. Red Bryant, DE/DT

Career Stats: 124 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss

Writer’s Take: Bryant was one of those players who did everything possible to endear himself to Seahawks fans… except pile up gaudy stats. He was the team’s leader in “doing the dirty work.” It took him a while to get going, as he was inactive for 22 games over his first two seasons after Seattle took him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played tackle at Texas A&M and Mike Holmgren kept him there, but he was unable to earn any playing time behind the likes of Brandon Mebane and Colin Cole. Then in 2010, Pete Carroll took the helm and changed the course of Bryant’s career by moving him to defensive end. An injury knocked him out for nine games that first year under Carroll, but he spent the next three seasons holding down the edge as a run-stopping, five-technique force. He found other ways to contribute as well, such as blocking four kicks on special teams in 2011. He was simply one of those glue guys that doesn’t get enough credit for his role as a leader and player on that 2013 Super Bowl team, but he played a huge part and definitely left his mark on the franchise. -Dan Viens

79. David Hawthorne, MLB

Career Stats: 350 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 7 interceptions

Writer’s Take: Since his tenure as a starter was sandwiched between Lofa Tatupu and Bobby Wagner, it’s easy to see why Hawthorne’s name doesn’t get mentioned when discussing Seattle’s best middle linebackers. It also doesn’t help that the former undrafted free agent didn’t play on a team with a winning record. But even though he wasn’t on par with either one of those All-Pro talents, the ex-TCU standout produced excellent numbers once he took over for an injured Tatupu during the 2009 season, registering 242 solo tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, and seven interceptions in 47 games. In three seasons as a full-time starter, he surpassed 100 combined tackles each time. It’s also worth noting Hawthorne played well in two playoff games during Carroll’s first year as head coach, racking up 18 tackles and making a key fumble recovery in Seattle’s upset win over New Orleans in the Wild Card round. -Corbin Smith

78. Phillip Daniels, DE

Career Stats: 141 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss

Writer’s Take: Daniels most certainly would have finished much higher on this list, and was quite possibly on his way to being known as one of the great Seahawk defenders of all time, had he not been so motivated to try and find a bigger spotlight. After failing to crack the starting lineup behind Michael Sinclair and Michael McCrary his rookie year, the fourth round pick out of Georgia made the most of McCrary’s departure following the 1996 season, racking up 19.5 sacks over the next three years. But Daniels felt overshadowed by fellow defensive stars Sinclair and Cortez Kennedy and decided to test free agency following his fourth season. When the Chicago Bears offered to make him their highest paid player ever with a five-year, $24 million deal, he bolted. He would go on to play 10 more productive seasons in the league, but was never voted to a Pro Bowl. -Dan Viens

77. Pete Kendall, G

Career Stats: 76 games with 75 starts

Writer’s Take: As bad as the Seahawks fortunes were during most of the dreadful 90s, the chronic mediocrity can’t be pinned on the offensive line, which was actually pretty solid for most of the decade. Kendall arrived in Seattle as a first-round pick in 1996 and immediately took over as the starter at left guard, starting 75 out of 76 games over the next five seasons. After missing out on the playoffs in 1997 and 1998 with 8-8 records, he played a key role in helping Seattle get over the hump and return to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade, as the team won nine games and an AFC West title in 1999. Though his excellent performance gets overshadowed by his eventual replacement Steve Hutchinson, he was one of the better guards to ever don a Seahawks uniform. -Corbin Smith

76. Christian Fauria, TE

Career Stats: 166 receptions, 1,683 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: The cool thing about Fauria? He was the first of his kind in Seattle. Prior to 1995, the tight end position in Seattle was mostly an afterthought. Mike Tice held the position down for 10 years, but only caught 92 balls and that was sort of how they treated the position. They never invested heavily in it and leaned toward role players. But Fauria was different - he was really athletic and after a productive college career at Colorado, the Seahawks invested a second-round pick on him. To this day, his 166 catches still rank 20th all-time on the franchise’s receptions list, and some may forget that he was also an outstanding blocker, helping open holes first for Ricky Watters and then for Shaun Alexander. -Dan Viens

75. Sherman Smith, RB

Career Stats: 3,429 rushing yards, 2,342 receiving yards, 38 combined touchdowns

Writer’s Take: As one of the original Seahawks from the 1976 squad, Smith only eclipsed 800 rushing yards in a season once and didn’t join the team’s exclusive 1,000-yard club, but don’t let that fool you. A capable runner and receiver, “The Tank” emerged as a vital part of the franchise’s early years evolving from a two-win expansion team into playoff contenders in the late 70s. While Seattle missed the playoffs in both 1978 and 1979, the franchise achieved a winning 9-7 record both seasons, with the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Smith producing 1,580 rushing yards, 865 receiving yards, and 22 total touchdowns out of the backfield during that span. If he would’ve played on better teams, there’s no question Smith had the talent to hit the century mark, and given his receiving talents, his skill set would’ve meshed well with the modern NFL game. -Corbin Smith

74. Ron Mattes, T

Career Stats: 75 games with 59 starts

Writer’s Take: The Seahawks drafted Mattes back in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL Draft and all they got was a reliable left tackle for the next five years. After a “redshirt” year in 1985, he took over for long-time starter Ron Essink protecting Dave Krieg’s blind side and became a quality contributor for some of the Chuck Knox’s best teams of the mid-to-late 80s. He also started two playoff games for Seattle in 1987 and 1988. Even though he lost his starting job to first-round pick Andy Heck in 1989, he’s still one of Seattle’s best late-round draft stories and one of the most underappreciated linemen in team history. -Nick Lee

73. Edwin Bailey, G

Career Stats: 139 games with 121 starts

Writer’s Take: Seattle found consistent success mining quality linemen in mid-to-late rounds of the draft during the 80s and Bailey was no exception. Drafted in the fifth round out of South Carolina in 1981, he became an instant starter, starting every game for the Seahawks in his first two seasons. After briefly being sent to the bench in favor of veteran Reggie McKenzie, he returned to the starting lineup in 1985 and started at least 11 games at left guard in seven of his 11 years with the team. In total, he started an impressive 121 games for the ‘Hawks and played in seven playoff games before retiring after the 1991 season. -Nick Lee

72. Norm Johnson, K

Career Stats: 159 field goals made, 810 career points

Writer’s Take: Known as “Mr. Automatic” during his nine seasons in Seattle, Johnson earned First-Team All-Pro honors and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1984. He also proved to be clutch during the playoffs, connecting on eight out of 10 field goal attempts in seven postseason games. He still ranks first on the Seahawks all-time scoring list (810 points) and given his length of tenure with the team and All-Pro distinction, he belongs as the highest-ranked specialist on this list. At least until Michael Dickson has a few more seasons in the league. -Nick Lee

71. Dwayne Harper, CB

Career Stats: 354 tackles, 13 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles

Writer’s Take: Harper made up half of the Seahawks highly-effective cornerback tandem in the early-to-mid 90s with Patrick Hunter, who previously found his way into our rankings. Drafted in the 11th round of the 1988 NFL Draft, Harper caught on as a starter in 1989 and produced 65 or more tackles in four consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1993. His best season from a coverage standpoint came in 1991, when he intercepted four passes. Unfortunately, he played at a time when passes defended were not recorded as official stats, but he accounted for an astronomical 10 forced fumbles in 1993. Small by today’s standards at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, Pete Carroll would have been ecstatic about Harper’s ability to find the football and create turnovers in bunches. -Ryan Fountain

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