A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center:
Steelers. Past, not present. Yes, the Seahawks play the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday. But this is a look at the ex-Steelers who have been very, very good to the Seahawks.
The list of former Steelers who have gone on to play for the Seahawks includes two members of the franchise’s 35thAnniversary team, a receiver who made one of the most memorable catches in team history and last year’s choice for the Steve Largent Award and Man of the Year.
Here’s a close look at the Steelers who would be Seahawks:
Dave Brown – A first-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1975, Brown came to the expansion Seahawks in the 1976 veteran allocation draft. All he did was become the franchise’s all-time leader in interceptions (50) and he also ranks No. 6 in games started (159) and No. 7 in tackles (684). He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1984, inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 1992 and voted to the 35th Anniversary team last year. Brown died of a heart attack in 2006.
Paul Skansi – A fifth-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1983, Skansi joined the Seahawks in 1984 and played eight seasons. His most memorable play came in 1990, when he caught a 25-yard TD pass from Dave Krieg on the final play of the game in a 17-16 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City. His best season came in 1989, when he caught 39 passes for 488 yards and five TDs.
Chad Brown – A second-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1993, Brown was the Seahawks’ big free-agent signing in 1997. Over the next eight seasons, Brown led the team in tackles three times and was voted to the Pro Bowl twice. He ranks No. 4 in career tackles (744) and No. 5 in sacks (48). He was voted to the 35th Anniversary team as an outside linebacker.
Willie Williams – Once Brown signed, he helped recruit Williams to do the same. The durable cornerback had been a sixth-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1993. In seven seasons with the Seahawks, Williams started 75 games.
Roy Lewis – He joined the Steelers as a rookie free agent in 2008, but signed with the Seahawks in 2009. Last season, he was voted the special teams captain and then won the Steve Largent Award and was named Man of the Year. He is currently on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from the knee injury that ended his season in December.
The club made moves involving its 53-man roster and practice squad today.
Because Michael Robinson, the only fullback on the roster, is out indefinitely after spraining an ankle in Sunday’s opener against the 49ers, fullback Eddie Williams was signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad.
To clear a spot on the 53-man roster for Williams, tight end Dominique Byrd was released.
To address the fact that there are now only two tight ends on the 53-man roster – Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy – tight end Fendi Onobun was signed to the practice squad. To clear a spot, guard Brent Osborne was released.
The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Williams was a seventh-round draft choice by the Washington Redskins in 2009. He spent time on the active roster as well as the practice squad as a rookie, but was released in March of 2010. He then spent time with the Chicago Bears in 2010 and 2011 and was with the Browns in training camp this summer before being released and signed to the practice squad.
Williams played tight end at Idaho, where he was named team MVP as a senior after catching 54 passes for 687 yards and six touchdowns.
Onobun (6-6, 249) caught two passes in three games last season for the St. Louis Rams, who had drafted him in the sixth round. After playing basketball for four years at Arizona, Onobun played football at Houston in 2009.
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks (minus-3) and Steelers (minus-7) rank 31st and 32nd in the league in turnover ratio. Neither team forced a turnover its opener, while the Steelers tuned the ball over seven times (four fumbles and three interceptions) and the Seahawks three times (two fumbles and one interception).