Shaun Alexander joins Seahawks Ring of Honor

Former Alabama running back Shaun Alexander will become the Seattle Seahawks’ 15th Ring of Honor member, the NFL team announced Thursday.

“Shaun is the true definition of a champion both on and off the court,” Seahawks President Chuck Arnold said, “and we’re thrilled to officially celebrate him in front of the 12 this season with his induction ceremony. .”

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Alexander will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor during Seattle’s game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 16.

Alexander joined the Seahawks from the Crimson Tide as the 19th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and played for Seattle throughout the 2007 season.

During this time, Alexander set franchise records for career, single-season, and single-game rushing yards that remain team standards today.

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Alexander’s best season came in 2005, when he became the only Seattle player to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award. Alexander led the league with 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns on 370 rushing attempts this season, which the Seahawks capped with a trip to the Super Bowl.

Alexander will be the second player with Alabama football roots in the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor, joining former Aliceville High School star Walter Jones. Jones started at left offensive tackle in every game of Alexander’s time with Seattle.

Other Seattle Ring of Honor members include Dave Brown, Kenny Easley, Jacob Green, Pete Gross, Matt Hasselbeck, Cortez Kennedy, David Krieg, Steve Largent, Curt Warner and Jim Zorn, coach Mike Holmgren and Chuck Knox and the owner Paul Allen.

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“It’s so exciting and such an honor to be part of the Ring of Honor,” Alexander told the Seahawks website. “When you come to Seattle and you look around the stadium, you see some of the greatest up there in the Ring of Honor. I remember seeing Steve Largent and his highlights, and Jim Zorn. And then me being running back, you see Curt Warner. You’re like, ‘Dang, I gotta go after their records. It’s gonna be exciting. So being mentioned with these guys, and of course Walt and Cortez, who were like big brothers when I got there, it’s really cool. Super excited.”

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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