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And the countdown comes to the end on my list of the top 10 Seattle Seahawks in franchise history. Current players on the Super Bowl winning team were not eligible. One other requirement is the man had to play at least five seasons for the Seahawks.
No. 1: Offensive tackle Walter Jones.
Years in Seattle: 1997-09.
College: Florida State.
Acquired: First-round draft choice in 1990.
Accomplishments: First-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year ... Voted into nine Pro Bowls and a four-time All-Pro … NFL 2000s All-Decade team ... Started all 180 games he played.
It wasn’t easy to decide which man deserved the No. 1 spot for the best Seahawks player in history, but there is one clear reason Jones was my choice.
The Seahawks have a long list of great players over their 38 seasons, but Jones is the only one who you can legitimately say may have been the best player at his position in NFL history.
It’s the reason why he was an easy choice for the voters as a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, earning that honor on the same weekend that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.
It can be difficult to quantify the skills of an offensive lineman, but not Jones.
He was whistled for holding only nine times in 5,703 pass plays while he was on the field at left tackle. That's once every 634 plays. Jones allowed only 23 sacks during his entire career, which is only one in every 248 pass plays.
Former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has said many times that Jones was the best offensive linemen he ever coached
“We didn’t even worry about that side of the offensive line when we were game planning,” Holmgren said. “It didn’t matter who was going against him. We knew Walter would get the job done.”
5dDoug Clawson, ESPN Stats & Information