- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is the first of a countdown list for my top 10 Seahawks in franchise history. It is one tough list of names to whittle down.
However, I did make it a little easier by not including current players. Obviously, that eliminates some stars on the team now -- Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Russell Okung, Max Unger -- all Super Bowl winners. Some of them will make this list soon.
One other requirement is he had to play at least five seasons for the Seahawks. So for now, I’ll give the old guys their due. And it won’t necessarily be the obvious choices. A few if these names may surprise you, starting with this one.
No. 10: Defensive tackle Joe Nash
Years with Seattle: 1982-96
College: Boston College
Acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent.
Accomplishments: Played the most games (218) and most seasons (15) in franchise history. Third all-time in tackles with 779. Pro Bowl in 1984.
No one will say Nash was the best player in team history, but he was a rock in the middle of the Seattle defensive line for over a decade.
The Boston College product played in every game in 11 of his 15 seasons, and played in all by one game in another season. From 1988 through 1995, Nash played in 125 consecutive games.
Nash also has 47.5 sacks in his career while playing seven seasons at nose tackle and eight years at left defensive tackle. He also blocked 10 kicks in his career -- eight field goals and two extra points.
Nash would be the first person to tell you he was better because he played alongside Seattle defensive stars Cortez Kennedy and Jacob Green. And they will tell they were better because of Nash occupying blockers and enabling them to make more plays.
3dDoug Clawson, ESPN Stats & Information