Seahawks to induct Matt Hasselbeck, Mike Holmgren into Ring of Honor
Two of the most important members of the Seahawks franchise will be the next inductees into the team’s Ring of Honor. That would be quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and general manager/head coach Mike Holmgren.
Together, the duo led the Seahawks to their best stretch of success in team history at the time, winning four straight NFC West titles from 2004 to 2007 and making it to the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 2005.
Hasselbeck will be inducted during halftime of the Seahawks’ Week 7 Monday Night Football matchup with the New Orleans Saints while Holmgren’s induction will be the following week when Seattle faces the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hasselbeck and Holmgren will be the 13th and 14th members of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor, respectively.
Hasselbeck was Holmgren’s handpicked quarterback in a 2001 trade with the Green Bay Packers, who Holmgren had previously coached. From 2001 to 2010, Hasselbeck started 131 of a possible 138 games plus 11 postseason games. He was a three-time Pro Bowler, nine-time team captain, the 2003 Seahawks Man of the year and the 2009 Steve Largent Award recipient.
Hasselbeck finished his tenure in Seattle as the franchise’s all-time leader in attempts (4,250), completions (2,559), yards (29,434) and career wins (74), and second in touchdowns (174), having since been surpassed by current star quarterback Russell Wilson.
Holmgren joined the organization as head coach, general manager and executive vice president of football operations in early 1999. During his time in Seattle, Holmgren won five division titles, made six playoff appearances, had a winning record in seven of 10 seasons, and had three 10-win seasons.
Holmgren was the winningest Seahawks head coach in history with a 90-80 combined record at the time of his departure. Seattle recorded five consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history from 2003 to 2007 and set the club’s single-season record with 11 consecutive victories in 2005.
Holmgren is one of five head coaches in NFL history to take two different teams to a Super Bowl and win at least one title, and he became the first coach in history to post 75 or more wins with two franchises.
The Professional Writers of America voted Holmgren the 2007 Horrigan Award winner, given to the person (not a player or team media relations member) who helped the media best do its job during the season, and he was the 2008 recipient of the Steve Largent Award.
“The Seahawks are thrilled to honor two of the most beloved people in our franchise’s history with their induction into the Seahawks Ring of Honor,” Seahawks president Chuck Arnold said in a press release. “Coach and Matt took the organization to new heights during their decade together. From our first Super Bowl appearance to countless memories on and off the field, we celebrate their legacy and the lasting impact they had on the 12s and the entire Pacific Northwest.”