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Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
Jerry Rice, the 42-year-old receiver who holds 12 NFL regular-season records, is the most accomplished player the Seahawks have ever signed. But he is not the first exceptional and exceptionally old player the team has added. Some of the most decorated old-timers to play in Seattle:
John Randle (2001-03): The defensive tackle made six Pro Bowls in 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the Seahawks at age 33. He made the Pro Bowl in his first season in Seattle before injuries slowed him and made him decide to retire this year.
Warren Moon (1997-98): After 10 years in Houston and three in Minnesota, Moon joined Seattle in 1997 at age 40 and made his ninth Pro Bowl. He played one more season with the Seahawks before finishing as a backup in Kansas City in 1999 and 2000. He is among the top five passers in NFL history.
Franco Harris (1984): A nine-time Pro Bowl running back in 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harris averaged 2.5 yards per carry with Seattle in his final season, at age 34. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.
Reggie McKenzie (1983-84): The guard was a member of the Buffalo Bills' Electric Company, blocking for O.J. Simpson in the 1970s. McKenzie played for Buffalo from 1972 to 1982 before spending his final two years in Seattle. He was 33 when he came to Seattle.
Carl Eller (1979): A member of the Vikings' famed Purple People Eaters defense, the end played in Minnesota for 15 years. He played his final year in Seattle, at age 37. He was enshrined in the Hall of Fame this year.
TE Charle Young was a three-time Pro Bowl tight end in 10 years before finishing with Seattle (1983-85).
OT Norm Evans made two Pro Bowls in 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins before joining the expansion Seahawks. He played in Seattle from 1976 to 1978.
LB Mike Curtis played 11 seasons with the Baltimore Colts, making four Pro Bowls, before finishing with Seattle (1976) and Washington (1977-78).
Safety Marcus Robertson played 10 seasons with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans before playing his final two in Seattle (2001-02).
Center Jim Sweeney played 11 seasons with the New York Jets before joining the Seahawks at age 33 in 1995. His final year was 1996, with Pittsburgh.
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