The countdown continues on my list of the top 10 Seahawks in franchise history. Current players on the Super-Bowl winning team, some of whom obviously will make this list soon, are not included. One other requirement is the man had to play at least five seasons for the Seahawks.
No. 9: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck
Years with Seattle: 2001-10
College: Boston College
Acquired: Traded from Green Bay to Seattle in 2001.
Accomplishments: Led the Seahawks to their first Super-Bowl appearance in 2006 (2005 season). He leads the team in passing yards (29,434) and pass completions (2,559). Three time Pro-Bowl selection (2003, 05, 07).
I’ll give you a hint of what’s to come in the countdown. Hasselbeck is the only quarterback to make the list. Dave Krieg and Jim Zorn were good quarterbacks for the Seahawks as well, but Hasselbeck leads in most statistical categories and he’s the first one to get the team to the Super Bowl. He also guided the team to the playoffs in six of his 10 seasons in Seattle.
Hasselbeck’s finest moment may have come in his final home game for the team in the 41-36 playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.
The Beast Quake 67-yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch is what most people remember, but Hasselbeck threw four TD passes that day, shocking the 11-point favorite Saints.
Here are a few of the other statistical categories that Hasselbeck ranks No. 1 for the Seahawks:
Highest career completion percentage: 60.2 (Russell Wilson is higher, but only two seasons)
Most passes completed in a season: 352 in 2007
Most 3,000-yard passing seasons: 7
Most passes completed in a game: 39 (vs. Detroit 11/8-09)
Most 300-yard passing games: 19
Most yards gained in a game: 449 at San Diego 12/29/02)
Most yards gained in a season: 3,966 in 2007
The numbers don’t lie. Hasselbeck deserves recognition, but there’s a guy who wears No. 3 for the team now who will make this list in the future.