In 1971, Pro Football Hall of Famer Hugh Mc Elhenny, a Seattle resident and University of Washington alumnus, signed a contract with a group called the Seattle Sea Lions in hopes of bringing an NFL franchise to the city.However, Mc Elhenny's plan ultimately fell through.Between 19, their division rivals were Denver, San Diego, Kansas City and Oakland.Seattle has won ten division titles in their franchise history: the 19 AFC West titles, and the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016 NFC West titles.Prior to 2005 Seattle had the longest drought of playoff victories of any NFL team, dating back to the 1984 season.That drought was ended with a 20-10 win over the Washington Redskins in the 2005 playoffs. The Seahawks had their biggest "win" before ever taking the field for a regular season game.
The franchise's first win came on October 17 when they beat their expansion brethren Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10 at Tampa Bay.
The expansion draft was held March 30 through the 31, 1976, with Seattle and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alternating picks for 39 rounds selecting unprotected players from the other 26 teams in the league.
The Seahawks were awarded the 2nd overall pick in the 1976 draft, a pick they used on defensive tackle Steve Niehaus.
Dallas would select Tony Dorsett with the pick obtained from Seattle.
The 1977 season began with four straight losses before Tampa Bay came to town.
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The franchise began play in 1976 in the NFC West division but switched conferences with the Buccaneers after one season and joined the AFC West.