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Seattle Seahawks’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders

Updated on January 27, 2009

Shaun Alexander

Chris Warren

Curt Warner


The Seattle Seahawks began play in the NFL in 1976 along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Expansion team or not, it took them 30 years to reach their first Super Bowl, which they lost to the Steelers after the 2005 season.  But the Seahawks have always been competitive, especially on offense.  Here is a list of Seattle’s all-time Top 10 in rushing yards:


Shaun Alexander (9429)—Shaun Alexander began his career with the Seahawks in 2000 and played in Seattle until 2007, his last few seasons there marred by injury.  But not only does Alexander rank first in franchise history with 9429 rushing yards, he also had one of the greatest seasons for a running back in NFL history in 2005.  That year, Alexander made first team All Pro by rushing for a career best 1880 yards with 27 rushing touchdowns.  The TD mark was an NFL record at the time but was broken a year later by LaDainian Tomlinson.  Alexander also caught 15 passes for 78 yards that season, giving him 1958 yards from scrimmage with 28 total scores. 


Chris Warren (6706)—Chris Warren played most of his career in Seattle, from 1990 to 1997, and ranks second in Seahawks’ history with 6706 rushing yards.  Warren made the Pro Bowl three straight seasons from 1993-95, and his best season for the ‘Hawks was 1994.  That year, Warren rushed for a career high 1545 yards with 9 touchdowns, and he added 41 catches for 323 receiving yards and 2 more TDs out of the backfield. 


Curt Warner (6705)—Curt Warner may be overshadowed in the new millennium by the quarterback who spells his name with a “K,” but this running back out of Penn State had a great career, mostly for the Seahawks, as well.  Warner played in Seattle from 1983 to 1989 and ranks third in franchise history with 6705 rushing yards.  His best season was 1986, one of three Pro Bowl seasons for Warner, when he rushed for career highs in yards (1481) and touchdowns (13, tied career best), adding 41 catches for another 342 yards as well. 


John L. Williams (4579)—Fullback John L. Williams played for Seattle for most of his career, from 1986 to 1993, and ranks fourth in team history with 4579 rushing yards.  Williams made the Pro Bowl in both 1990 and 1991, but his best statistical season was 1988.  That year, Williams rushed for a career best 877 yards with 4 rushing scores (tied career high), and he caught 58 passes for 651 yards and another 3 TDs as a receiver. 


Ricky Watters (4009)—Ricky Watters only played in Seattle for four seasons, from 1998 to 2001, but still ranks fifth in Seahawks’ history with 4009 rushing yards.  Watters had his best career years in Philadelphia, but his best season in Seattle wasn’t bad either, in 2000.  That year, Watters rushed for 1242 yards with 7 rushing scores, and added 63 receptions for 613 yards and 2 more TDs out of the backfield. 


Sherman Smith (3429)—Sherman Smith was an original Seahawk and one of the first players the team drafted back in 1976.  Smith played in Seattle from 1976 to 1982 and still ranks sixth in franchise history with 3429 rushing yards.  Smith had a career high 805 rushing yards in 1978, but his best overall season was 1979, when he rushed for 775 yards with a career high 11 rushing TDs, adding 48 catches for 499 yards and 4 more scores as a receiver. 


Maurice Morris (2612)—Maurice Morris has been with the Seahawks since 2002, his only team, and though he has mostly been a backup in his career, ranks seventh in team history with 2612 rushing yards.  Morris had his best season in 2007, after filling in for the injured Alexander.  That year, in 14 games with just 6 starts, Morris rushed for career highs in yards (628) and rushing scores (4), with 23 catches for 213 yards and one more touchdown as well.


Dan Doornink (1530)—Fullback Dan Doornink began his career with the Giants, but played most of it in Seattle, from 1979 to 1985.  Doornink ranks eighth in Seahawks’ history with 1530 rushing yards, and his best season for them was in 1979, when he rushed for career highs in yards (500) and rushing TDs (8), and added 54 receptions for 432 yards and one more touchdown out of the backfield. 


Jim Zorn (1491)—Jim Zorn was the Seahawks’ first quarterback and for the most part, was a bright talent on an expansion team that didn’t win many games for the first few seasons.  Zorn played in Seattle for most of his career, from 1976 to 1984, and in addition to ranking third in team history in passing yards, Zorn also ranks ninth in franchise history with 1491 rushing yards.  In 1978, Zorn rushed for career highs in yards (290) and rushing TDs (6). 


Lamar Smith (1286)—Lamar Smith was a journeyman running back who began his career in Seattle, playing there from 1994 to 1997.  Smith ranks tenth in Seahawks’ history with 1286 rushing yards and his best season with the team was 1996, when he rushed for 680 yards with 8 rushing scores, adding 9 catches for another 58 yards as a receiver. 


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      mortgage-news 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I forgot that ricky watters played in seattle. I remember him more as a 49er and eagle but you had him in Seattle during the twilight of his career.

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      frankiectlus 8 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      It is sure sad that Jim Zorn makes this list. I do remember seeing most of these players in action and they were all fun to watch. Especially when Curt Warner and John L were in action.