Paul Skansi (#82) grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington in a family of commercial fisherman. He attended Peninsula High School and didn’t start playing football until his junior year. That year (1977) the Peninsula Seahawks went on to play for the State championship in the KingDome where they fell to Burlington 57-30. For his senior year (1978), Skansi was a wide receiver and kick returner. The Peninsula Seahawks went 12-0 and returned to the KingDome for the State championship game against Pullman. The game was a shootout. In the 4th quarter, Pullman scored the go ahead a touch down with a lead of 34-28. Skansi ran back the ensuing kick-off 89 yards for a touchdown. The Peninsula Seahawks became State champions after scoring the extra point. The final score was 35-34.
Skansi went on to play college football at the University of Washington where he is 3rd all-time in Husky history for total receptions. In 1983, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 5th round. He did not have a good start to his NFL career in the Steel City and was released in 1984.
During Week #9 of the 1984 season, the Seattle Seahawks offered Skansi an opportunity to try out with the team. The Hawks needed a kick returner and signed Skansi and played that season. He went on to play for the Seahawks for a total of 8 seasons. His numbers were not overly impressive, he had a total of 163 catches and 10 touch downs.
Paul Skansi is famous in Seahawks lore for his game winning catch in Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1990. Dave Krieg (#17) was getting demolished by Chiefs legendary linebacker Derrick Thomas. Thomas set a NFL record with 7 sacks that game. The score was Chiefs 16-10. The Hawks were able to drive to the Chiefs 25 yard line with 4 seconds left in the game. The Hawks spread the field with 4 receivers, all running routes into the end zone. Krieg scrambled avoiding an 8th sack by Thomas and threw the ball into the end zone. Skansi leaped into the air and TouchDown Seahawks! That win ended a 10 year losing streak at Arrowhead for the Hawks.
Skansi is currently working as a scout for the San Diego Chargers.