Top 100 Seahawks Countdown: No 90-81

The second group in our countdown features plenty of contemporary flare and an emphasis on special teams.

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? Resuming our countdown, here’s players No. 90 through 81 with analysis and commentary courtesy of our writing staff.

90. Justin Britt, C

Career Stats: 79 games with 78 starts

Writer’s Take: Britt isn’t a star by any means, but during an era where offensive line play has rightfully been heavily scrutinized in Seattle, he’s been the one constant up front and deserves props for playing well with all of the turnover that has taken place around him over the years. Since joining the Seahawks as a second-round pick in 2014, he’s played in 79 out of 80 possible regular season games while starting at three different positions, proving to be both durable and versatile. He finally found a permanent home at center, and while he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl or earned All-Pro distinction as one of the elite players at his position, he’s been a reliable top-15 starter who would be an upgrade for several teams. -Corbin Smith

89. Michael Robinson, FB

Career Stats: 133 rushing yards, 264 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: A converted quarterback, Robinson signed with the Seahawks in 2010 from the rival 49ers and became a critical component of the team’s rushing attack. He built a special bond with teammate Marshawn Lynch and opened up running lanes for him as a lead blocker, helping guide Seattle to its first-ever Super Bowl win. Since his departure, the Seahawks have continually rotated out different backs at the position and barely used a fullback a year ago. Whether running a quick route in the flat, or grinding out yards in front of Lynch, Robinson was an effective part of Seattle’s offense and one of the best to play the position in franchise history. -Ryan Fountain

88. Jermaine Kearse, WR

Career Stats: 153 receptions, 2,109 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: One of the more underrated players in this franchise's history, Kearse started out his career undrafted out of Washington in 2012. While his overall stats aren’t anything spectacular, the local hero from Lakewood, WA deserves a spot on this list because he is responsible for perhaps the two most iconic catches in team history. First, he hauled in the game-winning catch against the Packers in the 2014 NFC Championship game to cap off a wild comeback. Two weeks later, he somehow made a tumbling catch while on his back in Super Bowl XLIX before Russell Wilson’s infamous red zone interception. Without his spectacular catch, they would not have even been that close to a repeat. -Nick Lee

87. Zach Miller, TE

Career Stats: 102 receptions, 1,092 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: Miller came to Seattle after the 2010 season fresh off of a Pro Bowl year, signing a five-year $34 million deal. He was used primarily a blocking tight end for the Seahawks, but did his job as well as any tight end in franchise history, helping Seattle immensely during their extensive playoff runs from 2012 to 2014. He came in clutch in the playoffs too, as he was the Seahawks leading receiver in the 2012 Divisional Round game against the Falcons with eight catches for 142 yards and a score. He eventually earned a Super Bowl ring with the 2013 team and played a vital role as both a blocker and a receiver. -Nick Lee

86. Jon Ryan, P

Career Stats: 770 punts, 34,480 punting yards, 44.8 yards per punt average

Writer’s Take: It’s not easy for a punter to become a fan favorite but Ryan cracked the code – be a gregarious personality, compete on American Ninja Warrior, marry a popular comedian, and author one of the most memorable plays in team history. His 19-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal in the 2015 NFC title game helped turn a 16-0 Seahawks deficit into a 26-22 victory, securing the team’s second straight Super Bowl trip. But Ryan was more than just an entertaining side show, as he was also a damn good punter and will go down as one of Mike Holmgren’s best acquisitions. Despite two solid seasons in Green Bay, the Packers released Ryan in 2008 and the Seahawks quickly snapped him up. All he did over his 10 years in Seattle is average nearly 45 yards a punt while cementing a reputation as one of the best in the league at pinning kicks inside the 20-yard line. -Dan Viens

85. Stephen Hauschka, K

Career Stats: 175 field goals made, 88.8 percent field goal percentage

Writer’s Take: Hauschka came to Seattle prior to the 2011 season and was an instrumental part of five playoff teams in six seasons with the Seahawks, making 19 of 20 postseason field goal attempts. He helped the Seahawks capture their first Super Bowl title in 2013 and get back to another one the next year, proving to be “Hausch Money” while converting on all 10 of his field goal attempts during those two memorable playoff runs. Before leaving to sign with the Bills in free agency in 2017, he had moved into second place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list behind Norm Johnson. -Nick Lee

84. Patrick Hunter, CB

Career Stats: 400 tackles, 12 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries

Writer’s Take: The way his career started, it didn’t look like Hunter would end up being on any all-time best Seahawks lists. A third-round choice out of Nevada in 1986, he became a starter by his second season, but a couple off-field incidents seemed to put his future with the team in doubt. Luckily, Hunter righted the ship and kept his nose clean from that point on and went on to play nine years in Seattle, intercepting 12 passes in the process. He was a member of my All-Underrated squad and might be one of my favorite ex-Seahawks ever because of how he managed to play so well for so long in such an understated manner. -Dan Viens

83. Leroy Hill, OLB

Career Stats: 511 tackles, 20.0 sacks, 41 tackles for loss

Writer’s Take: If these rankings were based solely on talent, Hill would be higher on this list, but his persistent off-field issues took him down a few notches in our rankings and ultimately tarnished his career in Seattle. Looking at him from a football standpoint alone, he was a sound tackler who produced at least 80 tackles four times, including a career-best 92 stops in 2006. He also knew how to create havoc in the backfield, recording 20.0 sacks and 41 tackles for loss in eight seasons with the Seahawks. If he could’ve stayed out of trouble, his career likely would’ve lasted longer and he’d certainly be viewed as one of the best linebackers in franchise history. -Corbin Smith

82. Howard Ballard, T

Career Stats: 74 starts, 3 fumble recoveries

Writer’s Take: At 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, Howard “House” Ballard broke into the league as an 11th round pick for the Bills in 1987. After being a model of durability and earning back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances in 1992 and 1993, the Seahawks signed the massive tackle to a four-year deal. Overshadowed by the ineptitude of Seattle’s offense, Howard was an under the radar player after his arrival and deserved more credit than he received. Despite the team’s struggles to score points and win football games, he formed a solid tandem with future Hall of Famer Kevin Mawae on the right side of the offensive line. He didn’t miss a single game during the first nine years in the league and only missed six games total in 11 seasons before his career ironically came to an end from a broken leg in 1998. -Ryan Fountain

81. Daryl Turner, WR

Career Stats: 101 receptions, 1,872 receiving yards, 36 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: People wondering if D.K. Metcalf can succeed “only running the 9 route” must not remember Daryl “Burner” Turner. Talk about exploding onto the scene! The Seahawks second-round pick in 1984 hauled in an eye-popping 23 touchdown receptions his first two seasons, and he basically did it all on go routes. Seriously, I think Dave Krieg just kneeled in the huddle and said “OK, on this play Daryl’s going to run as fast as he can, and I’ll throw it as far as I can.” Unfortunately, Turner’s story is a cautionary tale. His deep descent into drug and alcohol addiction reared its head by his third season and he was out of football by 1988. His flame didn’t burn long as a player, but it burned as hot as any other player in Seahawk history for those first two years. -Dan Viens

Comments (5)
No. 1-3

I don't like off field stuff having much weight in rankings like these. Hill is better than 83.

Human Roach
Human Roach

We know that the Packer catch, and that amazing catch in the SB loss was the same season.... right? Not the next year.... 2 wks later....

Emmit Brown
Emmit Brown

Agree with Chase. You can be an awesome football player, but a terrible person. But one shouldn't affect your ranking. I'll even add, by saying Josh Brown should be on this list instead of Housh. Way more clutch kicks, imo.