Bob Condotta wrote an interesting piece for Friday’s Seattle Times about whether Marshawn Lynch is the best running back in Seahawks history.
We want to know what readers think by having you vote on it. A poll is at the end of this Take 2 post.
We’re asking who’s the best, not who’s the toughest, fastest, most elusive or most versatile. All those criteria are used in judging NFL running backs and should factor into your decision, but no single factor outweighs the rest.
Condotta presents three other running backs who played in Seattle – Shaun Alexander, Chris Warren and Curt Warren (as well as Marshawn Lynch), then lays out the case for each. All possess some of those qualities, though I think Lynch’s is clearly the toughest and hardest to tackle.
I’ve seen all four play, and I think a case could be made for three – Alexander, Warner (before his knee injury) and Lynch.
But my vote goes with Alexander, though I think Lynch is gaining on him and likely will win this vote.
Read on for Condotta’s breakdown and to vote. And feel free to make your case in the comments on this blog post or by email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Height, weight: 5 feet 11, 228 pounds
Years with Seahawks: 2000-2007
Attempts, yards, TDs: 2,176-9,429 (4.3 average), 100 TDs
Signature Seahawks moment: NFL MVP after scoring a then-NFL record 28 touchdowns in 2005.
Height, Weight: 5-11, 215 pounds.
Years with Seahawks: 2010-present
Attempts, yards, TDs: 1,219-5, (4.4 average), 50 TDs
Signature moment: His 67-yard “Beast Mode” touchdown run in the 2010 playoffs upset the defending champion Saints, became an instant You.Tube classic and became part of Seattle sports folk lore. Last week’s 140-yard, four-touchdown day against the Giants wasn’t bad either.
Height, weight: 6-2, 228 pounds
Years with Seahawks: 1990-97
Attempts, yards, TDs: 1,559-6,706 (4.3 average), 44 TDs
Signature Seahawks moment: Set a then-team record and led AFC with 1,545 yards in 1994.
Height, weight: 5-11, 205 pounds
Years with Seahawks: 1983-89
Attempts, yards, TDs: 1,649-6,705 (4.1 average), 55 TDs
Signature Seahawks moment: 113 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff upset at Miami in 1983.
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