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Birthday Gift Redux

Today is my birthday. New Year’s Eve is the best day for a birthday, in my opinion. Everybody parties and has a great time.

The best birthday gift I ever received from a sports team came in 1983 – the day I turned 19 years old.  The Seahawks had just won their first ever playoff game by drilling the Denver Broncos in the Kingdome (with me in attendance).  On this day, they were in the Orange Bowl in Miami to play the highly touted Dolphins. Nobody…and I mean nobody in the national sports world expected the upstart Hawks under the direction of Chuck Knox to beat the Dolphins in Miami.

But Knox, Curt Warner (the original Penn State RB #28), Steve Largent, Dave Krieg, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, and the late Dave Brown et al had different plans. On December 31, 1983, the Seahawks rolled into Miami and beat the Dolphins in one of the greatest games in their history. I can still remember Curt Warner turning the right corner into the end zone for the winning score and Reggie McKenzie and pals hoisting Chuck Knox on their shoulders.

I found this on You Tube. Consider it my end of the year gift to all Seattle Seahawks fans for a glimpse back on my 19th birthday present…


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