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5 Best Players in Seattle Pro Sports History

Jason Schandl
The best players in Seattle pro sports history, including Ken Griffey Jr..
The best players in Seattle pro sports history, including Ken Griffey Jr.. / Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
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Fans in Seattle are some of the most passionate in the entire sports world. While it's been the Seahawks that have brought the city the most success in recent years, there has been no shortage of greatness in the city.

With that in mind, here are the five greatest players in Seattle sports history.

5. Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

Ichiro is one of the greatest Seattle Mariners players of all time.
Ichiro is one of the greatest Seattle Mariners players of all time. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Ichiro Suzuki is one of the most unique players the MLB has seen in a long time. He was an All-Star for 10 consecutive seasons to start his career (2001 to 2010), and he led the MLB in hits in seven of those seasons. He was so dangerous that, despite only hitting 90 home runs in those 10 years, he led the AL in intentional walks three times.

4. Sue Bird, Seattle Storm

Sue Bird is one of the greatest players in WNBA history.
Sue Bird is one of the greatest players in WNBA history. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images

One of the greatest players in WNBA history, regardless of team, Sue Bird has been a member of the Seattle Storm since she was drafted first overall in 2002. She ranks eight in WNBA history in scoring (6,154 points) and is the league's all-time assist leader, with 2,831. An 11-time all-star and three-time WNBA champion, Bird has been named to the All-WNBA first team five times.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson is the greatest quarterback in Seahawks history.
Russell Wilson is the greatest quarterback in Seahawks history. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There's an argument to be made for Walter Jones ahead of Russell Wilson among all-time Seahawks, but Russ' Super Bowl ring helps give him the edge. Wilson led the Seahawks to the first Super Bowl win in franchise history, and seven of the franchises' 12 seasons with 10-plus wins have come since he took over as the starter. Even though he's somehow never received much MVP consideration, Russ has consistently been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

2. Gary Payton, Seattle Supersonics

Gary Payton was the greatest player in Supersonics history.
Gary Payton was the greatest player in Supersonics history. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

While Shawn Kemp made some of the biggest plays in Seattle Supersonics history, Gary Payton was their best player. The Glove made the NBA All-Defensive first team for nine consecutive seasons in Seattle, also picking up Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1996. To this day he remains the Sonics/Thunder franchise leader in games played, made field goals, assists, steals and win shares.

1. Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners

Ken Griffey Jr. is the greatest player in Mariners history.
Ken Griffey Jr. is the greatest player in Mariners history. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images

This one probably doesn't surprise anyone from Seattle. Ken Griffey Jr. was an all-star in 10 of his 11 seasons with the Mariners, leading the AL in home runs four times. His peak came in 1997, when he also led the MLB in RBI (147), taking home AL MVP honors in a unanimous vote. Still the franchise leader in home runs (417), no position player in Mariners history has generated more wins above replacement (WAR) than Griffey. His trademark swing will forever be held on a pedestal in Seattle sports history.


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