Since becoming the only NFL franchise in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. in 1976, the Seattle Seahawks have established deep roots in the area and have gathered a vast number of dedicated fans. The Seahawks entered the league in 1976 as an expansion franchise, and though considered as a young NFL franchise, the team has experienced an incredible amount of success. The Seahawks’ fan base is one of the loudest in the NFL, and on two separate occasions in 2013, fans at CenturyLink Field have set a Guinness World Record for loudest crowd noise at a sporting event. Because the Seahawks are the reigning NFL Champions, their memorabilia has reached an all-time high in value. All Seattle Seahawks products retain value and the time to invest is now while the team is atop the NFL.
In 38 years of football, the Seahawks have won eight division titles, three conference titles and, most recently, a Super Bowl title. In 1976, the Seahawks traded a late-round draft pick to the Houston Oilers for Steve Largent, a wide receiver who was eventually voted into the Hall of Fame for his play in Seattle. Behind the play of Largent, Seattle earned its first winning season in franchise history in 1978 when the team went 9-7. Largent had an illustrious career with the Seahawks as he caught 819 passes for 13,089 yards and 100 touchdowns in 14 years. When he retired in 1989, Largent held almost all the notable NFL receiving records, including: career receptions, career receiving yards and career touchdown receptions.
In 1983, Seattle made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Once in the postseason, the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins on their way to the AFC Championship game, where they lost to Super Bowl XVIII champion the Los Angeles Raiders. The 1983 season was highlighted by the breakthrough play of rookie running back Curt Warner. Warner, who was named the AFC Rookie of The Year that season, led the AFC in rushing that season with 1,449 yards while also scoring 14 touchdowns. In 1984, Seattle once again made the playoffs after posting a 12-4 record during the regular season. They defeated the Raiders in a Wild Card game, but fell to the Miami Dolphins in the Divisional round.
Mike Holmgren, fresh off success with the Green Bay Packers, came to the Seattle Seahawks in 1999 as the head coach. Holmgren led the Seahawks to a 9-7 record and a playoff appearance in his first year at the helm of the team. Holmgren’s biggest move came in the year 2000 when he drafted running back Shaun Alexander with the 19th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Despite only seeing limited action during his rookie season, Alexander returned for his sophomore campaign and exploded for 1,318 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns – numbers that only trailed Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk that year.
With Shaun Alexander in the mix, Holmgren traded for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, whom he coached previously in Green Bay. With Alexander and Hasselbeck on the same page, the Seahawks were poised to make deep runs into the playoffs.
The 2005 season was memorable for Shaun Alexander and the entire Seahawks team. Alexander rushed for a league-leading 1,880 yards while setting a single-season touchdown record with 28 scores – he rushed for 27 touchdowns and caught another. Alexander joined Priest Holmes, Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk as the only running backs in NFL history to score at least 20 touchdowns in consecutive seasons. Alexander became Seattle’s first MVP Trophy winner in franchise history shortly after the regular season ended. His offensive outburst combined with Matt Hasselbeck’s veteran savvy as a signal caller led to Seattle having the most productive offense in the league that season.
After posting a 13-3 record during 2005, the Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers to win the NFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl XL. Once in the championship game, Seattle matched up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team led by Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger. The Seahawks dropped the Super Bowl to the Steelers 21-10, in a game where the officiating against Seattle was heavily scrutinized afterward.
In 2010, the beginning of the Pete Carroll era started in Seattle as the former University of Southern California coach took the helm of the Seahawks. During Carroll’s first season as coach, the Seahawks struggled to win games as they went 9-7, but still managed to squeeze into the playoffs. Once in the postseason, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch singlehandedly caused a small earthquake when he broke a 67-yard run against the New Orleans Saints – his run is credited for providing Seattle enough to upset the defending Super Bowl Champs.
The 2012 NFL Draft had a huge impact on Seattle Seahawks football. With the 75th pick in the third round of the draft, the Seahawks took Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson went on to start every game during his rookie season, becoming the first Seattle quarterback to do so since 1976. The rookie quarterback earned a trip to the Pro Bowl for his play.
Seven years after losing Super Bowl XL to the Steelers, the Seahawks went 13-3 and set their sights on getting redemption and finally claiming a title for the city of Seattle. Once in the playoffs, Seattle took down New Orleans and San Francisco to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII and face off against the Denver Broncos. What ensued during the game was the biggest highlight in Seattle Seahawks football history as the Seahawks demolished the Broncos in a 43-8 rout to claim their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Russell Wilson finished the game with 206 yards passing and two touchdowns to lead the offense while the defense logged four turnovers. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, who returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, was named Super Bowl MVP.
The Seattle Seahawks are on top of the NFL at this moment, and they aren’t looking to relinquish the top spot anytime soon. As the defending Super Bowl Champions, it’s easy to see why Seattle fans are as joyful about their memorabilia as they have ever been. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Malcolm Smith are just a few players the Seahawks have that are at the top of their games. Any Seattle Seahawks memorabilia that you add to your collection at this moment will only positively impact the collection.
- Russell Wilson Jerseys: Russell Wilson has impacted the NFL in just two years in ways that most quarterbacks struggle to do in their entire career. Wilson, who is just 25 years old, is in a position to continue to win Super Bowl Championships in what will make his memorabilia a great investment. An autographed Russell Wilson jersey is fantastic way to commemorate his strong performance on the biggest stage the NFL has to offer and his future as one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
- Richard Sherman Signed Photos: Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the league, there’s no question about it. Sherman’s presence on a side of the field forces opposing quarterbacks to not even consider throwing to his side. Sherman is entering the prime years of his career and his memorabilia is being requested at an all-time high rate. A framed Richard Sherman photo that is autographed and displays, what some consider, the most memorable plays of the Seahawks’’ championship run, including when Sherman broke up a pass intended for 49ers receiver, Michael Crabtree.
- Marshawn Lynch Signed Footballs: One of the hardest runners in the NFL today, Marshawn Lynch is the reliable running back that the Seahawks go to when they need a big play. Lynch single-handedly cause a small earthquake with his famous run against the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs, so it’s clear he has a huge impact on fans. A signed Marshawn Lynch football is the perfect way to add a member of the Legion of Boom to your memorabilia collection, seeing as he impacts the game every time he touched the football for the Seahawks. As one of the most detrimental wrecking machines in the NFL, a Marshawn Lynch signed football is a great way to commemorate the Seahawks’ first championship.
- Seattle Seahawks Photos: As one of the most successful young franchises in the NFL, the Seahawks have had an abundant amount of memorable moments. Whether you’re an old-school ‘Hawks fan or a representative of the new-school, an authentic autographed Seattle Seahawks photo is a fantastic way to capture your personal favorite moment in Seahawks history. From legendary players, like Steve Largent, to upcoming stars, such as Malcolm Smith, fans of all Seahawks eras can preserve their most loved Seattle football moments for life.