Seattle Area Regional Event
Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks (Chuck Knox Inducted into Seahawk Ring of Honor)
Gathering at FX McRory's Following the Game
September 25, 2005
What better excuse to get together when one of your own is being inducted
into a "hall of fame"? That is just what Juniata College alumni,
family and friends in the greater Seattle, Washington area took advantage
of on Sunday, September 25th, when Chuck Knox '54 was inducted into the
Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor....joing the likes of NFL and Seahawk greats
Jim Zorn, Curt Warner and Steve Largent, etc. Knox became the ninth member
of the Seahawk organization to be inducted into the Ring of Honor. A total
of 12 members of the Juniata family were on hand at Qwest Field to see the
Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals and Knox get inducted at halftime of
the contest. In addition, at the stadium, the alumni group got to come into
Knox's box for a picture.
Following the game, 10 members of the Juniata family made their way to F.X. McRory's for dinner and drinks. Juniata President Tom Kepple was on hand for the day (see the photo above).
Special thanks goes to Alice Stenstrom '77, who organized and helped host the activities for the day.
Knox spent nine of his 22 illustrious seasons at the helm of the Seahawks from 1983-1991, during which time he led Seattle to 80 wins en route to becoming the most successful coach in club history. Compared to 63 losses, his winning percentage of .559 is the best among coaches with at least eight games coached. Knox posted six winning seasons with Seattle and led the Seahawks into postseason play four times. The Seahawks three playoff wins under Knox are the only postseason wins in club history.
In his first season, Knox led a 1983 Seahawks club with a 9-7 record all the way to the franchise’s only conference championship appearance. After defeating Denver in an AFC Wild Card Game, the Seahawks upset the defending AFC Champion Dolphins at Miami in the Divisional Playoff round before coming up short against the eventual Super Bowl XVIII Champion Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship Game.
The next season, Knox overcame injuries to several players, including one
that put 1983 AFC Offensive Player of the Year Curt Warner out for the year
in the first game, to post the franchise’s best-ever record, 12-4,
and again advance as a wild card entrant to the postseason.
Knox was named NFL Coach of the Year following both the 1983 and 1984 seasons. After an 8-8 record in 1985, the Seahawks registered a 10-6 record in 1986 and were denied a playoff berth on a tie-breaker. His 1987 squad went 9-6 and lost at Houston in overtime, 23-20, in the first round of the playoffs. In 1988, Seattle held down first place in the AFC West for all 16 weeks and clinched their first division title with a win over the Raiders in Los Angeles on the season’s final weekend.
One of the NFL’s all-time winningest coaches, Knox ranks seventh
in League history with 193 career victories (193-158), including playoffs.
If you are interested in helping organize an event, or if you have ideas for other alumni events in your area, please do not hesitate to email Bub Parker '91 in the alumni relations office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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