Seattle Seahawks: 5 Best Wide Receivers

Roman Uschak@@RomanUschakCorrespondent INovember 30, 2011

Seattle Seahawks: 5 Best Wide Receivers

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    More than 180 players have lined up and caught passes for the Seattle Seahawks since 1976, from their days at the Kingdome to Husky Field to CenturyLink Field. Some moved on to other teams, while a few played their entire NFL careers in the Emerald City.

    Here are the five best players to have ever hauled in a reception for Seattle, including one who now resides in Canton.

5. Joey Galloway (1995-1999)

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    He might not have always run the most precise routes, but Galloway was an exciting player in his five seasons with the Seahawks.

    A first-round draft choice out of Ohio State in 1995, he caught 67 passes for 1,039 yards and seven touchdowns as an NFL rookie.

    His best year in Seattle was 1997, when he grabbed 72 throws for 1,049 yards and 12 scores, all career highs in his time with the Seahawks.

    He finished with 283 catches for 4,457 yards and 37 TDs in Seattle, and also returned 79 punts for 823 yards and four TDs, including a career-best 88-yarder for a touchdown against Denver in 1996.

    Galloway played in his final game with the Seahawks in the Kingdome finale on Jan. 2, 2000 in a playoff loss to Miami, after sitting out half the 1999 NFL season in a contract dispute.

    He then went to play four seasons with Dallas and five with Tampa Bay, and also had stints with Pittsburgh, New England and Washington.

    He finished with 701 receptions for 10,950 yards and 77 TDs in 198 NFL outings.

4. Bobby Engram (2001-2008)

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    The Penn State product ranks fourth all-time in Seahawks receiving annals with 399 catches for 4,859 yards and 18 TDs.

    A favorite target of QB Matt Hasselbeck, Engram began his NFL career in Chicago before joining the Seahawks in 2001.

    His best season in Seattle was in 2007, when he caught 94 passes for 1,147 yards—both career highs—and scored six times. He also caught six passes for 70 yards in Super Bowl XL

    Engram ended his career after playing five games with Kansas City in 2009. He finished with 650 receptions for 7,751 yards and 35 TDs in his NFL tenure.

    A member of the Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team, he now serves as offensive assistant coach for San Francisco.

3. Darrell Jackson (2000-2006)

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    Seattle Seahawks Darrell Jackson celebrates his third quarter 42 yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck against the St. Louis Rams during their football game Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The Seahawks beat the Rams 30-28. (AP Photo
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    Jackson finished his Seahawks career with 441 receptions for 6,445 yards and 47 TDs.

    He is second all-time in team history in receiving touchdowns, and third in receiving yardage.

    The Florida alumnus had a career-high 1,119 receiving yards in 2004 and scored a career-best 10 TDs in 2006.

    He also had five receptions for 50 yards in Super Bowl XL, all in the first quarter to tie a record—although another catch that would have gone for Seattle's first-ever Super Bowl touchdown was called back.

    Jackson finished his NFL career with one-year stints in San Francisco and Denver, and he retired with 499 catches for 7,132 yards and 51 TDs.

2. Brian Blades (1988-1998)

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    Blades is second all-time as a Seahawk with 581 catches for 7,620 yards and 34 scores, and he led Seattle in receiving five times.

    Drafted out of Miami (Fla)., where he won a national championship, Blades went over 1,000 yards receiving four times in his pro career, which was spent entirely in Seattle.

    He scored a career-high eight TDs as a rookie, and had a career-best 1,086 receiving yards in 1994.

    He also had 21 career rushes for 156 yards and helped the Seahawks to a playoff berth in 1988.

    An All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 1989, Blades was also a member of the Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.

1. Steve Largent (1976-1989)

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    And to think the Houston Oilers didn't want him.

    Big surprise here, for No 1. Largent is far and away the all-time leader among Seahawks receivers in every major category—games played (200), receptions (819), yards (13,089) and touchdowns (100).

    He also led the team in receiving their first 12 years of play and once held the NFL record with at least one catch in 177 consecutive games.

    One of his most memorable outings came in Seattle's 27-20 playoff win at Miami on New Year's Eve in 1983, when he caught two passes from Dave Krieg on back-to-back plays for a total of 56 yards.

    Those were his only two catches of the game, but they set up Curt Warner's game-winning TD in the Seahawks' first-ever road postseason game, and propelled them to the AFC Championship Game.

    Largent's best statistical campaign came in 1985, when he caught a career-high 79 passes for a league-leading 1,287 yards and scored six TDs. The previous season, he tallied a career-high 12 scores, and he recorded seven seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards. He also had 17 career rushes for 83 yards and a TD and returned 16 kicks his first two seasons for 234 yards.

    In seven career playoff games, the Tulsa product caught 23 passes for 434 yards and four scores. That included a seven-catch game at the Houston Astrodome in 1987, when he collected 132 yards and two TDs, all personal playoff bests, in a 23-20 OT loss to the Oilers.

    An All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowler, Largent became the first true Seahawk to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

    He then went on to a career in politics and served in Congress from 1995-2002.