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Best UDFA’s In Seattle Seahawks’ History
Jermaine Kearse 2012-Present
Kearse followed in Kitna’s footsteps going from a Tacoma high school (Lakes) to a local college (UW) to the Seattle Seahawks as a UDFA. Since becoming one of Russell’s go-to targets, Kearse has made game-winning play after game-winning play after Super Bowl big play after one-handed big play after game-winning play.
Chris Matthews 2014-Present
Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews (13) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
He has only made receptions in one game thus far in his NFL career, but he made four of them for 109 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX. He did it against every corner the Patriots threw at him, including Brandon Browner. His size always gives Russell a place to throw the ball and he has the leaping ability and hands to go get it. I am a firm believer that February 1st was no fluke for Matthews.
David Hawthorne 2008-Present (Four years with Seahawks)
“The Heater” made the roster after being Seattle’s preseason enforcer in 2008, and he was the starting middle linebacker by 2009. He lead the Seahawks with 117 tackles and three INT’s, and was third on the team with four sacks. Hawthorne started for the Seahawks in each of the next two seasons while totalling 221 tackles, four INT’s, two sacks, two fumbles forced, two fumbles recovered and one touchdown.
Mike Tice 1981-1995 (10 years with Seahawks)
He had a career-best 29 catches for 244 yards in 1988, but Tice’s impact was mostly felt in the running game. In fact, he became an offensive line coach immediately after retirement, before being promoted to Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. He had 92 catches for 766 yards and nine TD’s in 10 years and two stints with Seattle.