It's almost a month before our next home game, so I thought it might be fun to look at who should be raising the 12th man flag at our six (hopefully 7 or 8) remaining home games in 2010. Here's the list of people who have already raised the flag, all of which I'm eliminating from contention. I'm also going to leave out people working for another NFL team right now (so no Holmgren, Zorn, etc). Here we go:
8. Brian Blades
I'm guessing Blades hasn't been asked because of the nasty business surrounding his trail for manslaughter (he was eventually acquitted of charges that he intentionally shot his cousin). That's about the only explanation for not having this dude raise the flag. He started out during the Knox years, and endured the Behring era nicely, putting up receiving numbers bested only by Steve Largent himself. Side note: I bumped into him and Bennie Blades at Gameworks in Seattle the day before this fucking disaster.
7. Darryl Williams
Williams patrolled the middle for Seattle from 1996-1999; in 1997 he made the Pro Bowl, and nearly KILLED Rickey Dudley... Watch:
6. Michael Sinclair
Sinclair might be a bit busy, given that he's the D-Line coach for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes right now... But he's one of the most notable Seahawk to have never raised the flag. Only Jacob Green racked up more career sacks in Seattle than Sinclair, who reached the Pro Bowl three times with the Hawks and notched a league-leading 16.5 sacks in 1998.
5. Chris Warren
I know we'd all like to forget the dark days of Behring, but Chris Warren is one player worth remembering from the early + mid '90s. Only Shaun Alexander rushed for more yards as a Seahawk than Warren did in the Flores/Erickson years. Hell, in the lost season of 1992, the guy somehow ran for 1000 yards despite being surrounded by one of the worst offenses of all time.
4. Darrell Jackson
People hammered D-Jack over all the dropped passes, but he's still one of my all-time favorite Seahawks. In the entire history of the franchise, only Steve Largent has more touchdown catches than Jackson, and only Largent and Blades have more receiving yards. I'd love to see him return and enjoy the roar of the Qwest crowd one more time.
3. Joe Jurevicius
JJ only played one season with the Seahawks, but what a year! In the NFC Title year of 2005, JJ scored 10 touchdowns and was probably our main offensive threat besides Shaun Alexander. His career came to a bad end in Cleveland, but he'll always have a place in the hearts of us Twelves, based on 19 games in 2005-2006.
2. Shaun Alexander
SA is still a divisive figure among Seahawks fans, but to me there is no doubt he deserves not only to raise the flag, but to also have a spot in the Ring of Honor. One question is whether you do both at the same game. I'm guessing they'd split the two honors up. Alexander also might be saved for an important late-season or playoff game.
1. Walter Jones
Obviously, this will happen eventually. It's kind of delicate though, for a few reasons. A) How much, if at all, do we want to split up Flag Raising/Ring of Honor/Retirement of #71? B) Do you hold out for a possible playoff game? I think Big Walt will be saved for the NFC Wild Card game, don't you?
Did I miss anyone really obvious? What do you think, sirs?