By Calvin Kamrath
In case you forgot, meet Shaun Alexander. One of the best backs in the league for a short period of time, Shaun played for the Seattle Seahawks for most of his career. However, he shouldn’t of, but we’ll get to that in just a sec. Shaun grew up in Florence, Kentucky (see supernatural for famous-ness) where he would stay all the way though his childhood. Being a four star athlete, he would be voted class president every year during his high school tenure. Alexander wasn’t just a nice guy however, he was a straight baller. During his junior year, Alexander would end up with 42 touchdowns (that’s not a typo) and make it to only the semi finals of the state’s playoffs.
Starting to take national recognition, Alexander would up the ante in the following season when he rushed for over 3,000 yards and score (again not a typo) 54 touchdowns. He would win Kentucky’s “Mr. Football”, and be recognized and the Old Spice Athlete of the month and even be a part of 1994’s All USA Team.
Moving into college, Shaun would choose to roll tide as he went to Alabama. As a red shirted freshman, he would rush for the single game school record 291 yards and four touchdowns. In the ’98 season, we would see Alexander’s true potential when he would rush for 18 touchdowns and almost 1200 yards. Debating whether or not to move to the pros, Alexander would return to the Tide for one final senior year. An ankle sprain would kill his Heisman hopes, but Alexander would play a key part in Alabama winning the SEC championship, when they dominated #3 Florida ( lol @ John Cleven) 34-7. Down 17-7 in the fourth quarter of the Iron Bowl, Alexander would score three times to help lead a comeback against the rival Auburn solidifying Alexander as a legend in Alabama school history.
Obviously headed to the NFL Draft, Alexander was picked with the 19th pick in the NFL draft, a pick that originally was owned by the Dallas Cowboys who would trade it to pick Joey Galloway with their returned compensation (Sorry Cowboys fans, could have had Alexander right after Emmett Smith).
His rookie year would see limited action due to Ricky Watters, but in his second year Alexander would become the feature back in Seattle. During his first year in the role, he would have the second most touchdowns in the league, only behind legend Marshall Faulk’s 18.
Alexander would go on to light up the league for the next five years, where he would break the record for franchise record for:
1) Single game rushing (266 against the Oakland Raiders)
2) Single game rushing touchdowns (four against the Minnesota Vikings)
3) All time leader for touchdowns in a half (five against the Minnesota Vikings)
4) Franchise rushing leader ( 9,429)
Alexander would lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl in 2006, where Seattle would lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would win a MVP in the 2005 season and even gain an appearance on the cover of 2007’s Madden NFL video game. Shaun Alexander was one of the most dominant backs in the league for a few short years and was the reason for success in Seattle before Beast Mode arrived, In case you forgot…