The Seattle Seahawks are a major pro football team based in Seattle, Washington, playing in National Football Conference West division.
The Hawks’ famous college navy, action green and wolf grey uniforms have been a fixture since the 1970s. Those wishing to bet on their games will find plenty of options with most major online bookmakers.
History of the Seattle Seahawks
When the AFL-NFL merger happened in 1970, one of the agreements was that the NFL expanded from 26 to 28 teams with expansions needed.
In summer 1972, a group representing the city of Seattle announced their intention to buy an NFL franchise. In 1974 the league agreed a deal with the Seattle Professional Football Inc.
Originally, the Seattle Seahawks played in the NFC West. Between 1977 and 2001 they played in the AFC West, then transferred back to NFC West from 2002 onwards.
After a typically slow start for a new franchise, the Hawks made their first playoffs in 1983 and went on to achieve the feat in four seasons out of 6.
Their standout year, however, was in 2013. Going 13-3 in the regular season. The Hawks then won the divisional playoffs 23-15 against the New Orleans Saints. The NFC Championship 23-17 against the San Francisco 49ers and ultimately the Super Bowl 43-8 against the Denver Broncos in New Jersey.
The Seahawks’ Home Field
The Seahawks played at The Kingdome between 1976 and 1999, up to its closure in 2000.
After moving out the Hawks played at the Husky Stadium, home of NCAA team the Washington Huskies, for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. By summer 2002 their new home, the Seahawks Stadium, was ready to welcome the first fans.
The Stadium took a few years to be fully completed at a cost of well over $600 million in today’s money. The Seahawks Stadium was erected on the site of the old venue in the shadow of Elliott Bay, Seattle. This followed a favourable vote by locals on the stadium’s funding.
As well as giving permission for the stadium to be built, the vote also led to the creation of the Washington State Public Stadium Authority, designed to oversee public ownership of the arena.
The Stadium was home to both the Hawks and MLS team Seattle Sounders. They landed their first naming rights deal in 2004 to become Qwest Field, a sponsorship which ended in 2011. Today the venue is known as CenturyLink Field.
Capacity at the stadium for NFL games is 68,740. The record attendance for sports here belongs to the soccer team, with 69,274 having attended Seattle Sounders versus Toronto FC in November 2019.
Past Seattle Seahawks Heroes
The Hawks have had eleven of their former players inducted into pro football’s Hall of Fame: Franco Harris, Steve Largent, Carl Eller, Warren Moon, John Randle, Jerry Rice, Cortez Kennedy, Walter Jones, Kenny Easley, Kevin Mawae and Steve Hutchinson are all in there. Hutchinson being inducted as recently as 2020.
Retiring numbers is always a popular measure taken by pro football clubs in order to properly honour their on-field greats. This is something Seattle have done with the numbers of:
- Kenny Easley (45)
- Walter Jones (71)
- Steve Largent (80)
- Cortez Kennedy (96).
Number 12 is also considered retired, in honour of the fans, the 12th man!
Back in 2010 a 35th anniversary team was voted upon and featured Matt Hasselbeck as quarterback. Despite not featuring in the above lists, this move signalled the love Hawks fans have for the Massachusetts man.
Greatest On-Field Achievements
Seattle Seahawks are not as old or established as many other NFL franchises, but that hasn’t stopped them having some notable success on the field. Chief among the Hawks’ achievements have been these moments:
- Super Bowl Winners x 1 – 2013
- NFC Conference Championship Winners x 3 – 2005, 2013, 2014
- AFC West Division Championship Winners x 2 – 1988, 1999
- NFC West Division Championship Winners x 8 – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
For a franchise of this age, 18 NFL playoff appearances is also a very good record for the Hawks. They have reached the end of season spectacular in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019.
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