The Seattle Seahawks logo has seen little change throughout the years – or at least the primary logo has. The same can’t be said for the uniforms, which have seen radical redesigns since the Seahawks joined the NFC in 2002, making slight changes to the logo and complete overhauls to the color scheme, though the shades of blue, gray, and green remain.
What the casual fan may not know is that the Seahawks have had an alternate logo used starting with the 2002 rebrand – so while the primary logo has remained virtually the same, we do have a bit of an unveiling for you today in regard to alternate Seahawk logos. Another lesser-known alternate will be discussed as well.
Okay, so let’s learn a little bit about the Seahawks in this brief, brief article.
The Seahawks’ first logo was inspired by Native American art that originated in the American Northwest. The mask supposedly behind the inspiration for the logo can be seen here.
The original logo consisted of a bird’s head that was royal blue at the top, white in the center and at the beak, and emerald toward the bottom, along with a green eye. This logo came about with the team’s founding in 1976 and remained until 2001, the team’s final season in the AFC.
The second logo came with the 2002 rebrand, marking the team’s move to a new stadium plus its return to the NFC (the Seahawks played in the NFC during their inaugural season in 1976 before switching to the AFC between 1977 and 2001). This logo featured a sleeker, fiercer-looking bird. The new color scheme shone through this logo as well, featuring a navy top and outlines, the new Seahawks’ blue at the bottom, and white at the beak, along with a green eye and a navy pupil.
The third logo came about in 2012, which is nearly identical to the 2002-2011 logo except for the bottom portion of the bird’s head was gray, with the team abandoning the infamous Seahawks’ blue.
You can take a look at the team’s logo evolution here.
The Seahawks first adopted an alternate logo in 2002 and held onto it until 2011. This logo depicted a seahawk in flight, bearing the team’s then-new colors. The bird was sleek and held a fierce demeanor, though unlike many alternate logos that depicted the head portion of the primary logo onto a full-body, this logo held a different look. Check it out.
The team also unveiled a second, lesser-known alternate, that can be seen here during the 2012 rebrand. This logo consisted of a frontward-facing bird that resembles the team’s helmet logo. I don’t know about you, but this logo would be far more intimidating than the team’s current one – and that says a lot since I tend to be more of a traditionalist when it comes to helmets, jerseys, uniforms, and logos. See for yourself.
As I said, I’m a purist, so I dig the 1976-2001 logo, but at the same time I’d love to see the current alternate logo take over as the primary, or at least grace the sides of the helmets a couple times a year, which is legal under the current NFL helmet rule enacted in 2013 – if a team keeps the same helmet, it may change its decals, facemask, striping pattern, etc. Overall, the logo is solid, even if the uniform isn’t.