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Important Uni Years: 1976 1983 2002 2012
Year (win record)
The Seattle Seahawks debuted in 1976, the team's logo was a stylized royal blue and forest green hawk's head based on Northwestern Native American art. The helmet and pants were gray with the home jersey being royal blue with white, blue and green arm stripes. The road jersey was white with blue and green arm stripes. The TV numbers were 12 inches tall on the front and only 10 inches tall on the back. (NFL & BP)
It has been a long thought myth that the Seahawks played the 1976 season without logos on their helmet. Not true. There were some scrimmages that were held without the logos (thanks M. Princip) but all preseason and regular games had logos on their helmets. One reason for this myth are the football cards. Topps did not have the rights to use any NFL logos on their cards, so they were all airbrushed off. For the Seahawks, that meant the cards from 1976-1982 all showed blank helmets. Topps Vault has auctioned off some of the original negatives used for their cards and it shows what they airbrushed out. Great article about it at Fleer Sticker Project check out it.
Original 1981 Steve Largent Card compared to the original negative from Topps. (Fleer Sticker Proj. & Topps Vault)
1977 (5-9), 1978 (9-7), 1979 (9-7)
The Seahawks made the change from black shoes to white.
December 3, 1982 , LB Keith Butler became the first Seahawk to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, unfortunatly it wasn't in a positive way. (SIV)
1983 (9-7) AFC Wild Card/AFC Conference Champion Game Appearance
Chuck Knox brought in a lot of changes into Seattle including the uniforms. The striping on the arms now incorporated the Seahawks logo, and the TV numbers moved onto the shoulders. Helmet facemasks changed from gray to blue. (NFL & CC)
A Decade in Seattle
The 10th Anniversary logo was added to the left side of the pants on the stripe for all games celebrating the first decade of Seahawks history. (NFL & BP)
1986 (10-6), 1987 (9-6) AFC Wild Card, 1988 (9-7) AFC West Champions
Wilson Athletics puts their 'W' logo on the Seahawks jersey sleeves, but is not consistant on location.
Russell adds their logo on some Seahawks pants with Wilson still on jersey.
The NFL shield was added below jersey neck and pants (NFL)
Wilson starts moving their logo around including above the sleeve decal and forward
NFL 75th anniversary patch added to left chest and Wilson now has logo on pants and a new 7 is seen on the jerseys (SIV & CC)
The Wilson logo was moving all over the jersey in 1994
In celebration of the NFL's 75th anniversary, all teams wore throwback uniforms during some point of the season. There were two versions of this uniform: a navy home uniform, and a white road uniform. Unfortunatly, they used the current helmets so they wore the blue facemask instead of the original gray. (SIV)
Uniforms were made by Nike and their logos were added to the upper sleeves and pants.
1999 (9-7) AFC West Champions
Uniforms were made by Puma and their logos were added to the upper sleeves and pants.
In Honor of Frank "Fritz" Shurmur
Fritz Shurmur was a staple on current National Football League head coach Mike Holmgren's coaching staff in Green Bay. Shurmur left Green Bay in 1999 to be defensive coordinator with the Seahawks when Holmgren accepted the dual roles of head coach and general manager with Seattle. Fritz died of cancer before the season began. In his honor, the Seahawks wore a black "FS" decal on the back of thier helmets all season. (GG)
A 25th Anniversary patch was worn on Puma jerseys for Home and Road games all season. (P-I)
Uniforms were made by Reebok and their logos were added to the upper sleeves and pants. This is the last year for the original style logo and uniforms. (P-I)
Its All New
2002 marked the beginning of a new look for the Seahawks. There were 4 different sets of uniforms designed. 2 for home and 2 for away. Also, "NFL EQUIPMENT" tag replaces NFL shield on jersey neck and front of pants.
2 Color Home and Road
The home blue/white combination was only worn during two preseason games.
One Color Home and Road
The road set was only used for the last two road games of the 2002 season.
The Helmet and Jerseys that Never Were
When the uniforms were shown at a press conference & fashion show before the 2002 season they were a bit different from the uniforms that eventually hit the field. The Reebok logo was on the shoulder directly below the number and the new Seahawks logo on the sleeve was much bigger. Fans had a chance to vote on the new Seahawks Helmet. They had the blue helmet and one done on a silver helmet similar to the older style, but with the new logo. Its been said, the Seahawks originally wanted to use both, one for home the other for away, but the NFL rules only allow teams to have one official helmet. The blue helmet won and the silver never saw the field. (P-I)
The Logos that Never Were?
Posted on UniWatchblog.com: prototype story from Mike MacCulloch, who writes: “I worked in the Seahawks’ front office from 1997-2000 (ticket office for three seasons and corporate sales for one). I joined the team just after Paul Allen had purchased the team and the state had agreed to build a new stadium. In 2000, just as the team was moving into Husky Stadium while Qwest Field was being built, the team was in the process of designing new uniforms and helmets. During that time, they went through many different designs. At one point they created three different prototype helmets, each in a different color and with different logos on each side of the helmets. The idea at that time was to have the Hawk logo with a red eye to make it look more intimidating, as well as a possible modification to the back portion of the logo. I was able to save this helmet from being tossed out when our interns cleaned out one of the storage areas. For whatever reason, whoever put the helmets together seemed to rush putting the decals on, so there’s a slight bubble to it. Still, plenty interesting (and ugly).” I showed the photos to one of my ESPN bosses, Kevin Jackson, who’s from Seattle, and he said, “This answers the age-old question: What would the Seahawks logo look like if it got drunk?”
2003 (10-6) NFC Wild Card
The two color combinations of uniforms for home and road games were used during preseason. When the regular season came, only the one color sets were used except for the 2 color road version that was used during week 4 and 7. No other uniform changes. (P-I)
2004 (9-7) NFC West Champions
In Honor of Pat Tillman
"40" helmet decal worn for Week 2. This decal was worn by all 1,440 active players to honor Pat Tillman, the first NFL player killed in combat since the Vietnam War. (NFL)
2005 (13-3) NFC West Champions/NFC Conference Champions*
2 Color Home Uni's
The regular season opened up in Jacksonville were the Seahawks wore the Blue tops and white bottoms for the first time during the regular season (P-I)
"FÚTBOL AMERICANO" helmet decal worn for one game by all NFL teams in Week 4 to commemorate the first time regular-season game played outside the United States (NFL)
Super Bowls XL
The Seahawks were the NFC Champions for the first time in franchise history and faced the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Stickers where added to the back of the helmets and patches were worn on the jerseys. (NFL)
*The Seahawks became the first NFL team to play in both an AFC Conference Championship Game (1983) and the NFC Conference Championship Game.
29 years after Seattle was awarded an NFL franchise, a player was finally featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated. The first was December 19, 2005 with Shaun Alexander and than January 23, 2006 with Matt Hasselbeck. (SIV)
2006 (9-7) NFC West Champions
2007 (10-6) NFC West Champions
C is for Captian
The NFL instituted a standardized "C" uniform patch for team captains. They also created a new rule that the quarterback with a radio in his helmet must have a green dot on the back of his helmet. Only one "dotted" helmet is allowed on the field at the same time. (NFL)
In Honor of Sean Taylor
After week 13, the Seahawks added a Black Circle 21 Sticker to their helmets as a tribute for Washington Redskin Sean Talyor who was murdered. They continued wearing the sticker throughout the rest of the season and playoffs. (NFL)
It's the Shoes
The Wildcard Weekend had the Washington Redskins coming to Seattle and a lot of players showed off some new sneakers by Nike that used the lime green color like never before. There were a couple different styles and some players even had matching shoelaces. These shoes were not worn the next week during in Green Bay for the Divisional Playoff Game versus the Packers. (NFL)
New NFL Shield and Dot
An updated NFL Shield will be updated on everything including the Equipment Patch. Also, a new rule change is a Defense player will also be allowed to wear a headset on the field similar to the quarterback. The green dot has the NFL logo and a lightning bolt added to it.
In Honor of Gene Upshaw
Before the first regular season game the Seahawks, and all NFL teams, added a Black Circle GU 63 patch to their uniforms as a tribute to Hall of Famer and NFL Players Association Head Gene Upshaw who passed away. The patch was only worn for week one. The patch was gone week 2 and replaced by a helmet decal. They continued to wear the helmet decal throughout the rest of the season. (NFL)
New Green Alternate Jersey
On April 1, 2009 M. Princip over at greenglare.com, with support from Paul Lucas at the UniWatchBlog reported the Seahawks will have there first alternate jersey in franchise history. Nation wide speculation and conversations was all over the interent, but it was believed to be an April Fools joke, but September 27, 2009 the Hawks bring out the green jerseys a darker blue pants at home vs. the Chicago Bears. There were green jerseys for sale in 2008, but the numbers were reversed from the ones on the field. During a regular press conference November 7, 2009, coach Jim Mora Jr. announce the green jerseys had been retired because "We didn't win in them." The article is HERE
Photo courtesy of Seahawks.com
Breast Cancer Awareness
October is breast cancer awareness month and the NFL decided to go pink with gloves, captians patches, wrist bands, shoes and helmet decals. The Seahawks wore them on the road game October 4th, but when they came home on the 11th, they were pinkless. They fixed their lack of pink and were wearing their support at home on the 18th.
Two Tone is back
Starting on the road in Minnesota on Nov. 22 and continuing to St. Louis (Nov. 29) and Houston (Dec. 13) the Seahawks brought back the two tone away uniforms not seen since 2003. Coach Mora announced he has the final say of the uniforms with players input, and he likes the two tone road uniforms more than the all white.
The Seahawks come home after a month on the road and brought out a new combination. They had the regular blue tops, but added the new darker blue pants originally used with the green jersey. The Seahawks paid tribute to the Lakewood police officers who were targeted and murdered on 11/29/09. Head coach Jim Mora wore a Lakewood Police Department hat with the four officers' badge numbers on the side throughout the game. The navy blue pants might have also been worn as a way to honor of the Lakewood Police Officers. http://blog.seattlepi.com/football/archives/187400.asp Coach Mora also said, in a press conference, the players think the darker pants are more comfortable. That article is HERE. They again wore them vs. their expansion brothers the Bucs on 12-20-09. 2010 (7-9) NFC West Champions
Number 71 Retired
On August 14, 2010, nine-time Pro Bowler Walter Jones announced his retirement and the Seahawks, for only the 3rd time in team history, retired the #71 jersey. Thanks to 'Big Walt' for his amazing 13 year career with the Seahawks.
On September 12th, the Seahawks opened their season at home versus the 49ers. During the first half of the game Matt Hasselbeck had 2 "Green NFL Radio" stickers on his helmet. The oddly placed one located on the top of the helmet dissapeared at halftime.
Breast Cancer Awareness
The NFL continued their support for breast cancer awareness month by again wearing pink on gloves, captians patches, wrist bands, shoes and helmet decals similar to the 2009 games. The Hawks wore them for all of their October games.
NFC West Champions
The Seahawks became the first Division Champions with a losing record at 7-9, then became the first team to win a playoff game with a losing record against the World Champion Saints on Jan. 8th.
In honor of those who lost their lives, the NFL recognized the attack of the United States 10 years after it occured by having every team in the NFL wear patch.
Expensive Socks & Shoes
Running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $5,000 for violating the league's uniform policy for the December 12th game versus the St. Louis Rams for having lime green socks.
Than on December 24th Lynch was fined $10,000 for violating the league's uniform policy for wearing cleats with a Skittles design during game against San Francisco. The fine was doubled because it was the second uniform infraction by Lynch that year.
2012 (11-5) NFC Wild Card
Manufacture Change ~ Holy Sch'NIKE's
Uniforms are now made by Nike league wide. On April 2nd, Nike officially unveiled its redesigned uniforms for the NFL, and the team with the biggest overhaul were the Seahawks.
Here are some uniform details as described by the Seahawks:
Colors: College Navy, Action Green, Wolf Grey. Modified color scheme mirrors colors of the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Jersey incorporates graphics inspired by northwest coastal Indian art. Broad chest graphic outlining the shoulders echoes the stance of a Thunderbird totem. The Seahawks mark above the heart honors the team. Feather-pattern graphic on helmet, in numbers and on pants represents natural elements of the Pacific Northwest, again inspired by the coastal Indian art. The 12 feathers on the pant leg strip represent the 12th Man. 12 feathers are also features on each side of the neckline and the 12th Man logo is sewn on the inside back collar of the jersey.
The Seahawks logo on helmet is bigger and bolder, connecting at a point in the back of the helmet. Jerseys are now made with a hydrophobic material that repels water, maintaining the jerseys’ “clean” look, making them lighter and not bogged down with water weight, resulting in better performance. Nike uniform is 20 percent lighter, 50 percent stringer and provides more of a shrink-wrap fit than previous models.
Hall of Fame...for Lynch?
The Hall of Fame reached out to the Seahawks to preserve the debut of the team’s new home look. Seattle responded by sending Marshawn Lynch’s uniform from the home opener at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 16, 2012. Included in the shipment to the Hall of Fame were Lynch’s helmet along with his Nike jersey, pants, gloves but not his shoes from that afternoon. An excited Lynch tossed his cleats to some lucky fans following the game, but shoes worn by the star running back in practice were sent along as a part of the donation. (Description and pic courtesy of Hall of Fame)
Number 96 Retired
On October 14, 2012, eight-time Pro Bowler and 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Cortez Kennedy's #96 jersey was retired. Kennedy was accepted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 as the second player to play his whole career as a Seahawk. Thanks to 'Tez' for his amazing 11 year career with the Seahawks.
Breast Cancer Awareness
The NFL continued their support for breast cancer awareness month by again wearing pink on gloves, captians patches, wrist bands, shoes and helmet decals similar to the 2009 games. The Hawks wore them for all of their October games except the Thursday Oct. 18 game vs the 49ers. No explination was given. Also, unlike previous years, the NFL sticker was removed from all helmets and replaced with the ribbon decal.
The Salute to Service campaign is designed to unify and elevate the extensive military appreciation work of the NFL and its clubs. Teams will wear helmet decals honoring military branches with their insignia (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy). Additional on field elements featuring camouflage include ribbon lapel pins, Gatorade towels, Nike and Under Armour gloves for players, captain's patches and camouflage ribbon footballs used during every play. For the November 4th home game versus Minnesota the Seahawks wore the camo ribbon without an NFL decal. The Captians patch were the normal blue. The Seahawks game for saluting our troops was November 11th against the Jets where the captians patches were camouflage and varies military stickers were worn on the helmets along with the NFL ribbon.
Hall of Fame 50th
For weeks 14 and 15, all NFL teams will be wearing patches on their jerseys celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Football Hall of Fame. This means the Seahawks will wear it at home versus the AZ Cardinals and then in Toronto, Canada against the Buffalo Bills. The game against the Bills showcased the first use of the all grey uniforms. Photo courtesy of Seahawks.com
Honoring Newtown Victims
The impact of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut at Newtown, Conn., on Dec 14th have been felt far and wide. For week 16, 17 and the playoffs, the Seahawks honored the 26 victims, 20 of them schoolchildren, tragically killed by wearing decals on their helmets. The circular decals displayed the initials S.H.E.S., for Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Uniform Record 2012
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