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Best Seahawk catch ever

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 1, 2011 at 9:34 am with 27 Comments »
September 1, 2011 9:34 am

The comment came out before I had a chance to really think it over. I’ve stood on sidelines at Seahawks practices since back in the 80s, but when receiver Ricardo Lockette pulled in a scoring catch over Earl Thomas in Wednesday’s practice, I had to say that it was the best catch I’d ever seen in a Seahawks practice. Before you stone me as a blasphemer, yes, I watched many practices that included Steve Largent.

Here’s how Eric described the catch in yesterday’s post: ” … Lockette deserves mention because of a spectacular, circus-catch he made on a deep ball against double coverage. With Brandon Browner and Earl Thomas closing in, Lockette went up high and somehow snatched a ball out of the air that was first deflected by Thomas, trapping it on Thomas’ shoulder as he fell to the ground.”

The thing that I thought made it even better was that he had to catch the ball “around” Thomas, who was between Lockette and the ball, bringing to mind the great Largent grab when he had Lester Hayes in his face and he reached around Hayes’ back to pull it in. Thomas kept scrapping to knock it away, but Lockette kept it extended with one hand to keep it from him. Truly spectacular.

As Eric pointed out, Lockette dropped his next pass, and he is raw in some other aspects of his job. But this was a spectacular effort, and it’s an example of why it is so fun to watch some of the undrafted free agents and young guys in training camp and in preseason games — they’re going at it like every play may be their last.

One of the veteran guys that I always thought had that kind of commitment to go after passes, even in drills, was tight end John Carlson — a very high-effort guy. It was interesting, then, to hear that the shoulder injury that will sideline him for the season was suffered when he dove for a catch in practice. Hmmm. Is that effort going to cost him a season? I used to kid at times about Joey Galloway, that I’d never seen him “lay out” to go get a ball. For a couple years the Hawks had an ad painted onto the side of a building near the Kingdome that showed Galloway totally horizontal for a ball. I mentioned to someone in the organization that I surely never viewed that in reality. I was told that they actually took a picture of him reaching up for a ball when he was running and laid it down sideways so it looked like he was diving for it as the model for the painting. Hilarious. But maybe that’s part of the reason he was able to stay in the league for 16 years.

Ricardo Lockette may not even make this team or ever play in an NFL game. He has some amazing physical talents, though. But for one afternoon, the guy made some jaws drop with the best catch I’ve ever seen.

I think it’s fair that most would list the Beast Mode TD against New Olreans as the team’s best run. How about the best Seahawk catch you’ve ever seen?

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  1. The best catch I’ve ever seen? I’d say the one where bobby engram (I think) grabbed the ball from mid air and bounced off the goal post and caused his shoulder injury.

    Hell of a catch IMO.

  2. MadSweeney42 says:

    This thread is useless without pics, er, video!

    Best one I saw live was in SD back in the mid-90s (I haven’t lived in WA since ’82). Galloway went deep late in the game and came down hand in hand with the DB, who actually should’ve had an INT but the refs made a bad call. Turned the tide of the crowd surly and I got chased through the parking lot (in the back of a jeep!) by 3 generations of a Charger fan family. That 75 yarder had both players laid out, body against body, grabbing for the ball with pretty much having the ball secured, albeit with the other guy’s hands in there. DB ripped it away from him right before they were down, but again, the refs made the wrong call.

    The only other one I can remember clearly seeing live was Earl Thomas sealing the Charger game last year that my buddy and I went up to, but that doesn’t count here…

  3. JohnnyBGood says:

    Excellence is not a single act, it’s a habit. Fluke catches are not as amazing as doing it over and over like Largent did. Largent made the spectacular routine by being very very good. Any one of Largent’s amazing catches was better than Lockette’s because none of Largent’s were flukes.

    For example, look on YouTube at any fluke half court baskeball shot. Anyone who does something enough will eventually do something spectacular, nothing great about it. Now compare it to one of Jordan’s game winning three pointers. Is there really any comparison as to which is better?

  4. @MadSweeney:

    What’s up with those Charger fans. I attended a Monday night game there in the ’80s with a friend from Everett. I remember one play in particular — a kickoff or return — where “Super Sam” Merriman made a vicious hit on a Charger and knocked them both out.

    My friend and I celebrated a little too much near the end of the game (which I believe Seattle won 20-0) and almost took a beating from several thousand Charger fans. Well worth it though.

  5. BMW made a one-handed catch against the Cards last year that has to be in the Top Ten. Here it is:

  6. LeePridemore says:

    In the summer of 2009, I worked for Grey Advertising (a member of the WPP Group) on a television spot for the NFL. We shot in the North Parking Lot of Qwest Field, time lapse photography, and I spent a lot of time looking at a towering image of Matt Hasselbeck draped above the North Entrance. Hasselbeck, in his number 8 jersey, had the ball cocked over his shoulder and was moving to his left, his eyes looking down field…but, is that Hasselbeck?Hey, that’s not Hasselbeck. That’s Hugh Millen.

    Inside the helmet, behind the face mask, it was Hugh Millen’s face. Someone had photo shopped Hugh Millen’s face into a picture of Matt Hasselbeck.

    I spent several hours stopping people and asking them who was that on the side of the stadium. They would look and say “That’s Matt Hasselbeck.” and I would laugh.

  7. Dave Boling says:

    Yes, Canfan … the Mike Williams grab was a jaw-dropper …. it seemed to have a backhand degree-of-difficulty quotient to it. Thanks for the video link!

  8. Carlsonkid says:

    Don’t know if it’s on youtube or not , but Steve Largent’s 100th career TD was an amazing catch falling out of the back of the end zone on tip-toes with both feet still in . The man was remarkable .

  9. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    I’ve been watching the Seahawks since the late 1990s and the most spectacular catch I’ve seen was BMW’s against the Cards.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Can – I thought of that one too. Sick!

    One of the most memorable catches I’ve ever seen in person was Largent in the ‘Dome against the Bears in ’84. Largent just twisted their SS (Todd Bell maybe), had Kreig not overthrown him it would have been an easy 6, but Largent had to go completely vertical to get it. Like what Dave was describing Galloway never doing. I swear he clung to it with his fingertips, thoroughly outstretched with every inch… In the grand scheme that was “routine” for the Master, but to see it in person, as a kid, I was speechless.

  11. I really don’t want to see spectacular catches. I’d really like to see receivers get open and catch the ball in stride downfield and run it in. I haven’t seen to many of those for awhile and it would be really great to see one between TJax and Rice this preseason. Friday?

  12. MadSweeney42 says:


    Charger fans are usually awesome. I went to many games in SD as a Bokts fan (just not when they played Seattle!) since I liked them as a kid, before I knew what divisions were. The only reason they got surly on me was because it was a bad call and SD would’ve won if the right call had been made. The other 6 times I went in my Kennedy jersey, 7 if you count last year’s pre-season game, I never had a problem. Some areas of the stadium get crazy and are less “safe” for opposing fans, but other than Raider games it’s about as nice as you can get. I think all stadiums are getting less fan friendly in general though, even up there in Seattle. My friend and I went to a Browns game 6-7 years ago and he was decked out in Browns gear(hell he even bought a BrownsBacker t-shirt from a bar right there across the street from the stadium!) and our friend we were staying with had a Niners cap and there were no problems whatsoever with both of them saying it was the friednliest place they’d ever worn opponent’s gear at. Not so last year at the Chargers game. I had heard that the crowd had become rowdier and I certainly felt uncomfortable a few times even though 2 of the 3 of us were in Seahawks gear. I’m not trying to indict Seattle fans based on a few people but I think that in general, stadiums are having a problem that really needs to get fixed and alcohol sales will eventually be eliminated entirely because of it.


  13. jchawks08 says:

    ROFL! Hey, JohnnyBGood and KLM, way to not understand what this post was all about. Geezus, lighten up guys. Who wants to see spectacular catches anyway.. Wow.
    And I agree with the Mike Williams catch last year. That snag was spectacular, amazing, and highly important to the outcome of the game.

  14. Ewalters7354 says:

    I honestly would have to day the best catch I have ever seen comes from Sidney Rice last year against the Bills.That catch was amazing.

  15. I don’t know…but the best tackle I have ever scene came from the same receiver.

  16. silverado110 says:

    Well Guys,
    I was a raider fan until 1981,I grew up in a raider famlie Became a seahawk fan BTW I live in the bay area.i have been to alot of games Believe it or not I got jumped at a 49er game Never a raider game..Always wore my jerseys..I have only been to one game up north my son lives in oak harbor in the navy.And took me to a seahawk cowboy game on a sunday night,The hole time was there NO body talked trash to the cowboy fans..We lost but had a great time.
    GO SEAHAWKS..Hate to say maybe 500 this year..

  17. The Jarremy Stevens catch near the goal on the Pittsburgh off-sides in Super Bowl XL was pretty great when you take everything into consideration. What? You mean that doesn’t count?

  18. Not that it was the greatest, but Seneca had a good catch in the NFC championsip game vs Carolina (Lucas).

  19. silverado110 says:

    Thats funny BobbyK
    But true..James mcknight made a few good ones but drop some to..

  20. footballscaa says:

    Zorn/Krieg to Largent. Any of them.

  21. spectacular catch = bad throw

  22. Dukeshire says:

    klm – Not always. In fact some, of the most spetacular catches are made on balls put in places where only the receiver can get it and it’s up to him to make a play.

  23. SandpointHawk says:

    Dukeshire…that would explain T-Jack

  24. wabubba67 says:

    My vote is Krieg to Skansi in KC….totally unexpected given the way KC had bludgeoned us all game long and it removed the KC curse.

  25. timcapone says:

    hmm, it was practice, so to say best catch ever is pointless when it means nothing… Now for him it might mean a role on this team, so maybe his best catch ever, but can’t be the best cacth for the team ever

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