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November 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Seahawks poll: Vote for the best running back in franchise history

Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks might be the toughest running back in team history.  Mike Siegel / Seattle Times staff

Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks might be the toughest running back in team history.
Mike Siegel / Seattle Times staff

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.

Shaun Alexander Seattlle Times file, 2007

Shaun Alexander
Seattlle Times file, 2007

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 dshelton@seattletimes.com.

Shaun Alexander

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.

Marshawn Lynch

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.

 

Chris Warren AP file, 1996

Chris Warren
AP file, 1996

Chris Warren

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.

Curt Warner

Height, weight: 5-11, 205 pounds

Years with Seahawks: 1983-89

Curt Warner Seattle Times file, 1984

Curt Warner
Seattle Times file, 1984

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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