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1976 Players at a Glance

Lauriberto Ignacio

Lauriberto Ignacio was there!

Professional soccer player in Brazil and USA
Free agent

Scanned from Birth of a Franchise

In the Beginning ...


by Doug Thiel
Sunrise Publishing Inc.

BOTH drafts are over, but players are not yet signed. And there are free agents, quite a few of them. By June 12th the Seahawks had signed 93 players including Lauriberto lgnacio, a soccer player from San Pedro, Brazil. Ignacio had played in the North American Soccer League for Dallas and had tried out as a kicker for Houston and Los Angeles before he was invited to try out with Seattle.

Smith 'A Pleasure to Watch'

Source: Seattle PI
By Don Fair

Two more were out yesterday, kickers Lauriberto Ignacio, the Brazilian, and Johnny Masters. Center Larry Lilja, who came to camp with a lower back problem retired, and free agent defensive tackle John Neuman simply quit the camp and football.

Five more Seahawks depart

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Thursday, July 15, 1976

CHENEY, Wash (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks placed two players on waivers Wednesday, two more left the National Football League expansion team's training camp here and another announced his retirement. Kickers Lauriberto Ignacio from Brazil and Johnny Masters from Hawaii were put on waivers, and offensive center Larry Lilja retired because of a back ailment.

And afterwards ...

NFL sidelights

Chronicle-Telegram Elyria
Sat., Sept. 23, 1978

SEATTLE KICKER Efren Herrera has reasons to feel at home with the Seahawks being traded from Dallas last August. Seattle kick-center ART KUEHN was Herrera's college snapper at UCLA. Quarterback JIM ZORN, who doubles as the Seahawks' ball-holder on placements, worked with Herrera in a similar capacity as a Cowboys rookie during 1975 training camp. Herrera, born and raised in La Experiencia, Mexico, is wearing jersey No. 1. The only other Seahawk to have that number was LAURIBERTO IGNACIO, another South of the Border native, who was born in Brazil and failed a 1976 Seattle kicking tryout.