10 Best Seahawks Running Backs of All-Time – Numbers 5 Through 1

Yesterday we ran down the first half of our list for the “10 Best Seahawks Running Backs of All-Time,” throwing down numbers 10 through 6. Today, we wrap up our list, giving you the 5 through 1, with I am sure some disagreements along the way.

5. John L. Williams – He was one of the best backs you never heard of playing for the Hawks from 1986 to 1993, usually taking a backseat to other backs on the roster. The fullback ranks fourth in team history with 4579 rushing yards. He was finally given his due making the Pro Bowl in both 1990 and 1991, but his best statistical season was 1988. That year, Williams rushed for a career best 877 yards with 4 rushing scores (tied career high), and he caught 58 passes for 651 yards and another 3 TDs as a receiver. He wound up his career in Pittsburgh, catching a TD in the 1994 AFC Title Game.

4. Ricky Watters — The showboat Watters came to the Hawks after winning a Super Bowl with the Niners, and being run out of Philly. He played with the Hawks from 1998 to 2001. To this day he is still fifth in Seahawks’ history with 4009 rushing yards. In 2000 with Seattle Watters rushed for 1242 yards with 7 rushing scores, and added 63 receptions for 613 yards and 2 more TDs. Watters was a very good NFL back, a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro.

3. Chris Warren – He was a staple for the Hawks, playing in Seattle from 1990 to 1997. He still ranks second in Seahawks’ history with 6706 rushing yards. He was great in 1994, going off for a career-high 1,545 yards. The next season he scored a personal-best 15 TDs on the ground. He also caught 194 passes for 1,342 yards and three scores as a Seahawk. In all, he rushed for 6,706 yards and 44 TDs in Blue and Green. Warren was also good on special teams, as he returned 94 punts for 819 yards and a score, and also brought back 86 kickoffs for another 1,794 yards.

2. Curt Warner – This Curt Warner was the original, not the future HOF QB from the Rams. Warner was the first 1,000-yard rusher in Seahawks history, and he did it four times in his career, and led Seattle in rushing six times. He played in Seattle from 1983 to 1989 and ranks third in franchise history with 6705 rushing yards. His best season was 1986, one of three Pro Bowl seasons for Warner, when he rushed for career highs in yards (1481) and touchdowns (13, tied career best), adding 41 catches for another 342 yards as well.

1. Shaun Alexander – While it didn’t end well for Alexander, he will always be remembered for his amazing season in which he helped the Hawks get to Super Bowl XL. He began his career with the Seahawks in 2000 and played in Seattle until 2007, his last few seasons beat up by injury. Alexander remains first in team history with 9429 rushing yards, and set marks that remain still very much Hawks records back in 2005. That season he made first team All Pro by rushing for a career best 1880 yards with 27 rushing touchdowns. The TD mark was an NFL record at the time but was broken a year later by LaDainian Tomlinson. Alexander also caught 15 passes for 78 yards that season, giving him 1958 yards from scrimmage with 28 total scores.


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