Now it’s time for the Seattle Seahawks awards. I’ll list the coach, then offense, than defense, then special teams. I’ll list every award and any big plays they have made.
Pete Carroll, the Seahawks head coach, is one of the best college coaches in history. At USC he won two national championships, multiple Rose Bowls and the Orange Bowl. He has won the NFC West multiple times and has won in every round of the playoffs except the Super Bowl. He has also been named the Pac-10 coach of the year.
Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson won awards at two colleges and already has an impressive NFL resume. At North Carolina State he won ACC freshman of the year. He then transferred to Wisconsin for his senior year where he broke loose. He led all of college football in quarterback rating and he scored big touchdowns in the Big 10 championship, the Rose Bowl and the Senior Bowl. Wilson was even named the MVP of the Big 10 championship.
After college Russell Wilson was drafted in the third round by the Seahawks. Most players drafted this late don’t do very much in the NFL, that wasn’t the case for Wilson. As a rookie he won Pepsi rookie of the year and the Vizio Top Value Performance awards. He has scored touchdowns in the divisional round, the NFC championship and the Pro Bowl. He has led every playoff round in passing yards except the Super Bowl which he is preparing to start in. If he has a great Super Bowl he will probably be on the cover of Sports Illustrated which he has been on before.
Running back Marshawn Lynch had a pretty good career at Cal where he scored and won MVP in the Holiday Bowl on his way to being named Pac-10 player of the year. The Buffalo Bills made him the 12th overall pick. He never did much for the Bills and was traded to Seattle for almost nothing. This season Lynch led the league in rushing touchdowns. He has led a wild card game, a divisional round game, and a Pro Bowl in rushing yards. He has scored touchdowns in all of those games as well as the NFC championship game.
Christine Michael, the teams second round pick was the Big 12 freshman of the year at Texas A&M.
Percy Harvin was a great high schooler and a great collegian. Sadly, injuries plagued his NFL career. He showed some flashes in the New Orleans Saints playoff game before he left with a concussion. He was the top rated player in high school after both his junior and senior year of high school by rivals.com.
In college Harvin became truly spectacular. He was named SEC freshman of the year. In the SEC championship game, Harvin led in rushing yards, scored a touchdown and was named MVP. In the national championship he led in rushing and receiving yards and he scored. Harvin was then drafted 22nd overall by the Minnesota Vikings where he won the NFL’s rookie of the year, as well as Pepsi rookie of the year.
Golden Tate won the Biletnikoff award which is given to college football’s best wide receiver at Notre Dame. He has also scored in the divisional round.
Doug Baldwin from Stanford led the NFC championship game in receiving yards.
Jermaine Kearse had quite an Alamo Bowl when he played at Washington. He scored a touchdown and led the game in receiving yards. Kearse also scored a touchdown in the NFC championship game.
Michael Robinson had a magnificent career at Penn St. where he scored in the Orange Bowl, won Big 10 player of the year and finished in the top five for the Heisman trophy. Robinson has also scored in the wild card round of the playoffs.
Tight end Zach Miller was rated as the top high school tight end and at Arizona State he won Pac 10 freshman of the year. Miller has led the divisional round in receiving yards where he also scored a touchdown.
Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy and Breno Giacomini were the starting offensive linemen that helped take Seattle to the Super Bowl. On top of this, Okung, Carpenter and Unger have some other accomplishments.
At Oklahoma State, Okung was a first team all american and won the Parker award. That led the Seahawks to draft him sixth overall. Okung has started in the Pro Bowl as well.
James Carpenter was a starter on Alabama when they won the national title. He was then drafted 25th overall by the Seahawks.
Max Unger is a great player who has started in a Pro Bowl and has been a first team All-Pro.
One day Richard Sherman could have a list of awards longer than any defender, but for now he has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated and he has led the NFL in interceptions.
Cliff Avril was a huge free agent pickup for the Seahawks. He has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated and has recorded a sack in every round of the playoffs except the Super Bowl.
Michael Bennett has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated and he has recorded sacks in the divisional round and the NFC championship game.
Chris Clemons has recorded sacks in the wild card and divisional playoff rounds.
San Diego State alum Heath Farwell has recorded a sack in the divisional round.
Earl Thomas had big interceptions in the wild card round, the divisional round and in the Pro Bowl.
Bobby Wagner had an interception in the divisional round.
Kam Chancellor got a big interception in the Orange Bowl for Virginia Tech and a big interception in the NFC championship game for the Seahawks.
Bruce Irvin recorded a sack in the Orange Bowl for West Virginia and recorded a sack in the wild card round.
Malcolm Smith caught the huge interception that Richard Sherman tipped at the end of the NFC championship game.
Steven Hauschka has made field goals in every round of the playoffs except the Super Bowl. Punter Jon Ryan has punted in every playoff round except the Super Bowl.
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