Following Alexander in the 2021 Ring of Honor, Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback for most of his tenure in Seattle, and Mike Holmgren, his head coach throughout his entire eight years with the Seahawks.
The other members of Ring of Honor are Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Kurt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Dave Craig, Chuck Knox, Cortez Kennedy, Walter Jones and Paul Allen.
“The Seahawks are proud to recognize the incredible impact Shaun has had on our organization by making him the 15th member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor,” said Chuck Arnold, President of the Seahawks. “Shawn is the true definition of a champion on and off the field, and we’re excited to officially celebrate him in front of the 12s this season with his induction party.”
In addition to winning the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2005 while helping lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, Alexander was also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade team in the 2000s, and went to three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2003-2005, and earned the All-Pro First Team Honor in 2005 as well as the Second Team Honor in 2004. Alexander was also the team’s nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2005.
After taking the starting role in 2001, Alexander continued to rush for more than 1,000 yards for five consecutive seasons, averaging 1,500.8 yards flowing and 19.6 total touchdowns per season over the five-year period. Alexander set an NFL record with 28 total touchdowns in 2005, though that sentiment was broken, and 1,880 yards in that MVP season remains a franchise record. By the time his Seahawks career ended, Alexander had established the following records that still stand:
- Career rush yards: 9429
- Rush yards for one season: 1,880 (2005)
- Rush yards in one game: 266 (2001 vs Oakland)
- Holds: 2,176
- Holds one season: 370 (2005)
- Total career landings: 112
- Total touchdowns in one season: 28 (2005)
- Relegation in one game: 5 (2002 vs. Minnesota)
- 1000 yards Seasons: 2001-2005
- 100 yard games: 37
- Longest melee distance: 88 yards, twice
“It’s very exciting and I’m honored to just be a part of the Ring of Honor,” Alexander said. “When you come to Seattle and you look up at the stadium, you see some greats there in the Ring of Honor. I remember seeing Steve Largent and the highlights about him, Jim Zorn. And then I was running back, you see Kurt Warner. You’re like, ‘Dang, you should to chase their records. That’s going to be exciting.” To be mentioned with these guys, and of course Walt (Walter Jones) and Cortez (Kennedy), who were like big brothers when I first got there, it’s really cool, so excited.”
Echoing a point Hasselbeck made a year ago when he went to the Ring of Honor, Alexander said he was especially proud to be part of the Holmgren era for teams that helped put Seahawks football on the map with the most successful streak of continued success, up to that point, in franchise history.
During Alexander’s eight seasons in Seattle, the Seahawks went on to post-season five times in a row from 2003-2007, winning four titles along the way, as well as their first NFC tag team championship after the 2005 season where that team set a franchise record for wins in one season with 13 .
“Coach Holmgren did a great job bringing in just the right people to turn things around, because no one thought of Seattle as playing championship football,” Alexander said. “By the time we left, everyone thought, ‘Well, even when Seattle isn’t good, you’re not going to beat them at home. “And it still happens. I still come to Seattle, which is a hard place to win. Being a part of changing the whole look of Seahawk football and going to their first Super Bowl, it gives you something to smile about. I’m really grateful to be a part of it.”