This past Sunday (Week #9), a reunion was held for the 1983 Seattle Seahawks team. The ’83 team was special because it was the first time the franchise made an appearance in the playoffs. The team was a Cinderella with a 9-7 record that earned them a playoff game against the Denver Broncos on Christmas Eve in the KingDome. The Hawks won the game and had to travel to Miami the next week to play agains the 12-4 Dolphins.
The Hawks rallied in the 4th quarter to shock the Dolphins with a 27- 20 upset victory. Watch the highlights here:
It would be 30 years before another Seahawks team would chalk up a road playoff win, which was another great come from behind win engineered by quarterback Russell Wilson (#3) against the Washington Redskins.
The ’83 team would find themselves playing for a shot at the Superbowl in the AFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Raiders.
That year, the team was under the new coaching regime of “Ground” Chuck Knox. At the start of the season, legend Jim Zorn (#10) was the starting quarterback, who was eventually replaced by another legend, Dave Krieg (#7). First round draft pick Curt Warner (#28) was the team’s star running back. Wide receiver Steve Largent (#80) and cornerback Dave Brown (#22) were the team captains. It included the “Die-Hards” defensive lineman Joe Nash (#72), Jeff Bryant (#77) and Jacob Green (#79). A who’s who of Seahawks legends, many of which you can find their names listed in the Ring of Honor at Seahawks Stadium.
Thirty nine players and three coaches of that team came to Seattle and were honored at halftime during the game, but before that, the whole group did the honor of raising the 12th Man flag. I could only imagine the thoughts going through their minds as they looked out at the field and reminisced about their days wearing blue and green.
Prior to the game, the group offered an autograph session inside Touchdown City. I purchased a special commemorative ball and was able to have the majority of the team sign it before being ushered off to raise the 12th Man flag. A great addition for my 12th ManCave.
You could tell the guys were excited to be back with their teammates and be interacting with the fans. It must be an awesome feeling to know that something you did 30 years ago in your profession is still remembered and appreciated today.
The game itself against the Bucs was nerve wracking. The Hawks were down 21-0 at one point during the 2nd quarter. The team showed grit and battled back to win against the Bucs in overtime with a game winning field goal kicked by Steven Hauschka (#6). The biggest comeback in franchise history. The 12’s were happy.