No longer a child, not yet middle-aged, and still finding their place in the NFL world.

...the 30-year wall of silence is an impressive achievement for a League that leaks as a lifestyle.

He recommended Jack Patera enthusiastically for the Seahawks...

The letter C is coming soon!

The Seahawks used Williams’ local reputation as a promotional tool, as they would do (very briefly) with Ahmad Rashad.

The average Seahawk selected in the veteran allocation is 6-2, 222 pounds, just under 26 years old and is entering his fourth NFL season.

The Seahawks played the Rams...facing off against future Seahawk coaches Chuck Knox, Tom Catlin and Ken Meyer. decided early to pursue coaches with no NFL head coaching experience.

Patera had the boldness to recruit 3 coaches with no NFL service...

...why was there no place for one of the ultimate local heroes of the early 1970s – Sonny Sixkiller?

Thompson may have looked on paper like a conservative and safe manager for a new team with first-time owners, but...

...reports from the camp are unclear as to who did the special team evaluations.

As a defensive coach, Jack Patera valued his linebackers.

Maybe we'll come up with something soon!

...nobody else on the Seahawks squad took their dislike quite to the extent of Ahmad Rashad.

The Nordstroms were an obvious possibility because of their wealth and local presence.

Approximately 14 members of that squad would never play for the Seahawks again.

A simple lesson in draft history is to list the fate of quarterbacks for several years before 1976.

Jack Patera was unable to take a single Redskin veteran from the allocation list.

...the Seahawks’ offense would be directed by 3 men who had 2 years of NFL experience between them

Terry Brown’s Seahawk career lasted less than 24 hours.

...we think this story might just have been a good Patera Prank!

While Patera had an inside edge on stocking his team with Vikings, he only chose one Viking from the allocation...

Character would clearly play a part...

Patera lived up to his code of we will tolerate you until we can replace you...

Yes! We will have something for Y eventually!

What more need we say?

F is for (old) Friends
Looking at the Seahawks’ personnel board is a sobering reminder of how transient the football business is.

First of all, we should pause for a moment to remember those whom we know won’t be here to celebrate the 30th anniversary (no insult is intended to anyone we’ve missed in our research):

    Lloyd Nordstrom (ownership partner)

    Ned Skinner (ownership partner)

    Howard S Wright (ownership partner)

    M Lamont Bean (ownership partner)

    Bob Hollway (assistant coach)

    John Leypoldt (kicker)

    Bill Munson (quarterback)

And while a number of people from that time have moved into the privacy of the real world, there were plenty of familiar faces around the place 30 years ago.

The Seahawks played the Rams in the third pre-season game, facing off against future Seahawk coaches Chuck Knox, Tom Catlin and Ken Meyer.

The Seahawks traveled to Oakland for the final pre-season game, meeting up with owner Al Davis, head coach John Madden and assistant coach Tom Flores, who would, of course, eventually see the light and come to Seattle.

The first regular-season game was at home to the Cardinals. In 2006, Seattle will renew acquaintances with then assistant coach Joe Gibbs, now of course back with the Redskins.

Week 7 was a home game against the Lions, including another 2006 foe in assistant coach Joe Bugel, also with the Redskins.

Week 12 was a trip to the Giants, and our first of many meetings with an assistant coach named Marty Schottenheimer.

The final week took us to Philadelphia, in the first season of head coach Dick Vermeil.

Almost Hall

Almost Hall of Fame

We invite you to visit our special feature, the Almost Hall of Fame, where we honor those Seahawk players who won our hearts even if they haven't won Hall of Fame honors.

Spirit of '76

Go Hawks

We invite you to visit our in-depth feature on the 1976 expansion team, where we honor every known player who had a chance at becoming Seahawk on the 1976 squad! |
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