This Day In Sports History (December 5th) — Seattle Seahawks
It was on this day in 1974 that NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced the official signing of a contract agreement that would bring Seattle an NFL franchise. The agreement was signed by Lloyd W. Nordstrom, who represented the Nordstrom family as majority owners of the team.
The Seahawks would not play their first season until 1976. Unfortunately, Lloyd W. Nordstrom passed away from a heart attack before then, preventing him from having the opportunity to watch Seattle play their first game ever. The Seahawks’ first season would be a tough one, as they won only two games, while losing 10. It wasn’t until their third season that the Seahawks finally put up a winning record (9-7), and in 1983 they would make the post-season for the first time, winning in the Wild Card and Divisional Playoff rounds before eventually losing in the Conference Championship to the Oakland Raiders.
In 36 seasons, the Seahawks have reached the playoffs eleven times. They would make the Super Bowl in 2005, but failed to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in what turned out to be a game with several controversial calls. In 2010, the Seahawks won their seventh division title, and reached the divisional round of the playoffs, where they would eventually lose to the Chicago Bears.
Jim Plunkett, NFL – Born December 5, 1947 (age 66) in San Jose, California
Art Monk, NFL – Born December 5, 1957 (age 56) in White Plains, New York
Olli Jokinen, NHL – Born December 5, 1978 (age 35) in Kuopio, Finland