Before the 1987 season, Seattle picked linebacker Brian Bosworth from Oklahoma University in the supplemental draft. Highly touted and the creator of his own hype machine, “The Boz,” with his radical haircut and trash talk, became best known for getting steamrolled into the end zone on “Monday Night Football” by Raiders rookie running back Bo Jackson. The play could, in retrospect, be seen as an omen for the decade to come.
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Behring announced in January 1996 he was moving the team to Anaheim, Calif., the former home of the Rams, and moved some of the team’s operations there. The NFL nixed the move and the league threatened to fine Behring $500,000 a day, prompting a hasty return to the Pacific Northwest. Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (pictured) became a hero among fans when he bought the team for $200 million in June 1997 after securing an agreement for a new stadium.
The Seahawks moved into their new stadium, initially called Seahawks Stadium (now CenturyLink Field), and returned to the NFC West in 2002. After a pair of second-place finishes, Seattle won the division four consecutive years, and has won it six of the last 10 seasons. On Oct. 12, 2003, the team began a tradition of having former players, local celebrities and athletes raise the flag just before kickoff of every home game — the first raised by 12 original-season ticket holders.
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In 2005, the Seahawks put together their best season to date, with running back Shaun Alexander (right) named the league’s Most Valuable Player en route to the team’s first Super Bowl appearance. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21–10, in a game marred by questionable officiating. Four years later, referee Bill Leavy apologized to the team, saying, “I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that.”
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Pete Carroll, left, took over as head coach in 2010, going 7–9 his first season to win the NFC West, the first time a team won its division with a losing record. Hosting the defending champion New Orleans Saints in the playoffs, running back Marshawn Lynch, right, cemented his “Beast Mode” reputation, breaking numerous tackles in a game-winning 67-yard touchdown run that became known as the "Beast Quake" after the crowd's reaction registered seismic activity at nearby monitoring stations.
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The team kicked off the 2013 season with lofty expectations with second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, above, and Lynch leading the offense and a stout defense, led by Richard Sherman and fellow All-Pros Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. The Seahawks ousted the rival 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in dramatic fashion, then shut down Peyton Manning and the top-ranked Denver Broncos offense in Super Bowl XLVIII, winning 43-8 and bringing the Lombardi Trophy to Seattle for the first time.
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