This has been the most prolific era in the franchise's history from a Pro Bowl perspective -- seven Seahawks in 2005, four in 2006, and the six this season. In 2005, Tatupu became the first Seahawks rookie to make the Pro Bowl since Rufus Porter in 1988.
Peterson, a free agent acquisition before the 2006 season, added to a currently dominant linebacker corps with his selection last season. Kerney was signed this past offseason and leads the NFL in sacks. At 9-5, the Seahawks have fallen a bit from the NFL's elite in the last two seasons, but there's more than enough star power to make things happen on the field.
without further ado, a closer look at
DE Patrick Kerney -- Second Pro Bowl
When Kerney was signed to a six-year, $39.5 million contract by the Seahawks in early March, many fans didn't know that to think. Still feeling burned by the disastrous signing of Grant Wistrom, another "high-motor" (read: pigment-impaired) defensive end in 2004, some felt that the acquisition of a 30-year-old player, coming off of shoulder surgery, at a speed position, was a big mistake. This opinion seemed to be validated early in the season, when Kerney amassed only 3.5 sacks in his first eight games.
starting with the 24-0 week 10 win on November 12, Kerney went off the hook.
He picked up three sacks in three different games --
OLB Julian Peterson -- Fourth Pro Bowl
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MLB Lofa Tatupu -- Third Pro Bowl
In the second round of the 2005 draft, the Seahawks traded up to select an undersized no-name linebacker from USC in the second round. Three years and the same number of Pro Bowls later, Tatupu might be the best middle linebacker in the game. He is as good an argument as there is for the idea that character and intelligence mean more than sheer athletic ability alone when it comes to scouting players at the NFL level.
Tatupu has led the Seahawks in tackles each of his three seasons, but that's fairly common for a middle linebacker. What makes him special is his almost supernatural ability to read offenses, a gift that was evident from his college days. Watch his three-interception game against the Eagles this year - Tatupu knew where those passes were going, and he exploited A.J. Feeley's relatively limited playbook for all it was worth. How many rookies do you know that can take over a veteran defense in his first minicamp? This is Tatupu's team as much as it is Matt Hasselbeck's, or Mike Holmgren's, or Tim Ruskell's. No matter what spins around him, Lofa Tatupu defines his defense.
CB Marcus Trufant -- First Pro Bowl
"Hometown discount"? Not now. Trufant's first Pro Bowl selection may price him right out of a re-do with the Seahawks, the local angle be damned. After a solid rookie season in 2003, we have watched this son of Tacoma tackle like a safety with great glee, and get demolished by many elite receivers with some consternation (Torry Holt should name a son after him). Trufant's Success Rate dropped from 26th to 80th among cornerbacks from 2005 to 2006, and it's fair to say that few expected this kind of season. But the Seahawks spent on legitimate safety help, moved Trufant back to his preferred left side, and hired Jim Mora to get all the ducks in a row.
As a result, Trufant has finally come into his own as an elite cornerback. Interceptions don't tell the whole story with defensive backs -- Trufant had three of his seven in one game -- but he's tailed those receivers who used to burn him like an entirely new player. Is a 27-year old cornerback with one great year worth Nate Clements money? The Seahawks, and several other teams, will be asking that question in the offseason.
QB Matt Hasselbeck -- Third Pro Bowl
Hasselbeck's excellent season has a great deal to do with Mike Holmgren's new pass-happy gameplan, but there's a lot to be said for a quarterback who can get things done effectively when everyone knows what's coming. Statistically and from an efficiency perspective, he's trending to his best season ever (currently ranked ninth in DPAR; he ranked fifth in 2005), and all this with a running game that could best be described as "extinct".
He's never been the team's Most Valuable Player for a full season, but it's hard to argue that he hasn't been just exactly that in 2007.
LT Walter Jones -- Eighth Pro Bowl
The greatest player in Seahawks history (sorry, Mr. Largent…) may not be up to his 2005 standard of greatness, but he'll be a slam-dunk as an All-Pro until he retires. With Orlando Pace off the map and Jonathan Ogden fading fast, #71 would drastically improve just about any line, and it's time to acknowledge him as the best lineman of his era.
a reward for his constant and infinite greatness, the Seahawks need to find
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