- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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The countdown continues on my list of the top 10 Seahawks in franchise history. Current players on the Super Bowl winning team are not included. One other requirement is the man had to play at least five seasons for the Seahawks.
No. 4: Running back Shaun Alexander
Years in Seattle: 2000-07.
Acquired: First-round draft choice in 2000.
Accomplishments: The team’s all-time leading rusher with 9,429 yards ... Most touchdowns with 112 (100 rushing and 12 receiving) ... Most 100-yard rushing games in a season with 11 in 2005 … Most TDs in a season with 27 in 2005 ... Longest run from scrimmage, 88- yard TD vs. Oakland in 2001 ... Most consecutive games with a rushing TD at nine in 2005 ... NFL MVP in 2005 ... Three-time Pro Bowl selection (2003, 04, 05) ... NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.
Alexander had five consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the Seahawks, but his 2005 season may go down as the best for any player in team history. It was a major factor in the Seahawks reaching the Super Bowl for the first time.
Alexander rushed for 1,880 yards on 370 carries. At the time, it was the ninth best rushing total for a season in NFL history. He set six team records that season, all of which still stand. Alexander also rushed for 95 on 20 carries in the 21-10 loss to the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
Over three season from 2003-05, Alexander rushed for 5,011 yards, a stunning average of 1,670 yards a year and 104 yards rushing per game.