Seahawks to put Walter Jones in Ring of Honor on Sunday

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As the Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field after a two-week road trip, it’s officially homecoming weekend in Seattle.  They’ll commemorate the occasion by unveiling an 11th member of the team’s Ring of Honor.

The Seahawks have announced that 2014 Hall of Famer Walter Jones will join a group that already includes Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Curt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Dave Krieg, Chuck Knox, and Cortez Kennedy.

Jones spent 13 years with the Seahawks, from 1997 through 2009.  He starter 180 games during his career with the team, and he made it to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Jones’ No. 71 previously has been retired by the Seahawks.  Largent’s No. 80, Kennedy’s No. 96, and No. 12 (in honor of the fans) also have been retired.

22 responses to “Seahawks to put Walter Jones in Ring of Honor on Sunday

  1. For those of you that hate the Seahawks “12th man thing”, the Seahawks retired the #12 in 1984.

    Seahawks fans honor the idea of the 12th man and we SHARE the title with many teams fans including Texas A&M who have been calling themselves the 12th man since the 1920s.

    It was an honor and a privilege to see the great Walter Jones play the sport!

  2. At one point–in our first Super Bowl run–there were commentators from ESPN and Sports Illustrated that were saying that just possibly he might have been the best player to ever play, regardless of position. Nobody would ever say that today because of the almost mythical aura that has grown up around the QB position, but just 10 years ago they were willing to go out on a limb and say it was at least possible.

    Congrats, Walter Jones!

  3. You think the Seahawks have been a joke franchise, you should have seen the 49ers from 1946 to 1981. And then again from 1995 to present.

  4. Basically never having to worry about getting hit from your blindside is one of the best feelings a qb could have. Lets just say every qb that played during Jones tenure enjoyed that luxary.

  5. coloradical420 says:

    How do you make the HOF before you’re even recognized by your own franchise? Seems backwards….
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    “Jones’ No. 71 previously has been retired by the Seahawks.”

    This only happens with players who are “recognized”.

  6. coloradical420 says:
    Oct 30, 2014 5:30 PM
    How do you make the HOF before you’re even recognized by your own franchise? Seems backwards….
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    Mean Joe Greene has probably been wondering exactly the same thing this week…

  7. The draft pick to draft Jones was acquired from the Saints for a song and a dance who at the time were too cheap to pay a top 10 draft pick

    Mike Holmgren called Jones the best offensive player he had ever coached

  8. People don’t hate the 12th man routine … we just hate that you stole it from Texas A&M and pretend you didn’t. Eagles fans will say the same thing if you keep calling your stadium the Klink. Get your own traditions please.

  9. Seahawks definitely did NOT steal the “12th man” from Texas A&M! They were made aware via copyright infringement lawsuit of TAMU’s license, and readily agreed to pay for the right to use it. That’s BOUGHT—not stolen.

  10. nomoreseasontix says:
    Oct 30, 2014 11:31 PM
    It says a lot about their “historic” dynasty that many fans are asking, “who??”

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    If a “fan” has to ask “Who”; they are not really an NFL Fan in the sense of the word. Anyone who was a fan the passed 15 years knows who he is. The only other possibility that gives your statement any credibility would be that we find out they are a very new NFL Fan. Lets’ go with that.

  11. “People don’t hate the 12th man routine … we just hate that you stole it from Texas A&M and pretend you didn’t. Eagles fans will say the same thing if you keep calling your stadium the Klink. Get your own traditions please.” – Angry Seattle Hater

    The term “12th Man” was “stolen” by Texas A&M from a sports journalist in Idaho in the 1920s. Texas A&M copyrighted the term in the 1980s IIRC when they suddenly realized it was a copyrightable term which no one had copyrighted.

    The ‘CLINK’ (no ‘k’ in the term) was coined because of Century Link (formerly Qwest) being the stadium owners/sponsors and if the Eagles’ stadium was once owned/sponsored by Century Link or some other business that could abbreviate to something link ‘Clink’ or ‘Klink’ then Seattle obviously had no idea and does not care.

    Get an education before commenting will have you to avoid such embarrassment in the future.

    “It says a lot about their “historic” dynasty that many fans are asking, “who??”” – Different Seattle Hater, still fuming over the Hawks winning the Super Bowl when they are not from CA, FLA, NY, TX etc.

    Name one Seattle fan who did not know who Walter Jones is. I am not sure if you were just trying to troll or you actually believe that Seattle fans just heard we won the Super Bowl and started wearing Hawks gear? Any moron could make the same accusations (and DID!) for the New England Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers (after they won one of their Super Bowls more than 20 years ago), the Steelers, etc, etc. After ANY team wins a Super Bowl NFL merchandise for that team shoots up to the top of the sales charts nationwide but the real difference for Seattle is that we are the ONLY team in the NFL who has and has had for a good while bars/taverns across the country dedicated to the Hawks.
    San Fran’? Yep there are Seattle Seahawks themed bars there and have been for years.

    New York? Yep…Hawks bars there too.

    Arizona? Yep…Hawks bar there also.

    We retired the #12 in 1984 in honor of the fans who have made it hard to play here for opposing teams for 4 decades now (going back to the Kingdome days).

  12. As a sports writer in the Northwest and also someone who came from the Florida market, it is hard to express how good Walter Jones was. Count how many sacks he gave up. Watch film of his training routines in the off season when he is pulling pick-up trucks down the street. Look at the difference in rushing yards for the team when he was there, compared to before and after. Look at the record number of touchdowns Shawn Alexander scored during that stretch between 2001 and 2005… at least 15 each year (NFL record)… 28 in o5 (then NFL record). Almost always behind number 71 (and the deeply under appreciated Steve Hutchinson)

    Jones was the best left tackle to ever play the game; the most dominant, the most physical, the most successful. Imagine how good the Seahawks would have been if Beastmode could have run between 71 and 76. Dynasty.

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