Top 12 moments in Seahawks pop culture history

With Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch and the whole team basking in the national spotlight for their on-field and off-field exploits lately, it's the perfect occasion to look back over the past several decades at a list I'm calling the 'Top 12 Moments in Seahawks Pop Culture History'!

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NFL teams play exhibition games in Seattle, 1955 to 1975

Before the Seahawks played their first game in Seattle in 1976, the NFL was here as early as 1955, when the San Francisco 49ers lost 28-17 to the New York Giants with 49,000 fans looking on from the stands at what's now Husky Stadium. All told, there were about a dozen NFL exhibition games played here between 1955 and 1975, back in the years when the Huskies were the only big local football team. For the last non-Seahawks exhibition game back in 1975, the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Giants 24-20 before fewer than 20,000 fans.

In this photo New York Giants' half back Frank Gifford carries the ball during pro exhibition game with the San Francisco 49ers, Aug. 20, 1955 in Seattle. Others are New York's Jack Stroud (66), on ground, and 49er George Maderos (40). (AP Photo)
Photo by AP Photo
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Feliks Banel, Local Historian,
Feliks Banel is a producer at Seattle PBS affiliate KCTS 9.

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