2006: Became Seattle’s all-time touchdown leader passing Steve Largent’s total of 101. Tied Largent’s mark versus Arizona (9/17) and passed him the following week versus the N.Y. Giants (9/24) before ending the season with 107 career touchdowns. Despite starting just 10 games, nearly notched a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season totaling 896 yards, seven touchdowns on 252 carries. Battled a broken foot which he suffered in the season opener at Detroit (9/10) which limited him the the next two weeks. Was forced to rest the next six weeks while the bone healed. Returned to limited action Week 11 at San Francisco (11/19) and had 37 yards on 17 carries. Returned to full strength the following week in a snow game versus Green Bay (11/27) at Qwest Field. Rushed for a season-high 201 yards on a club-record 40 carries. Yard total was fifth-highest in the NFL in 2006. Totaled 90 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries at Denver (12/3). Rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns versus San Diego’s (12/24) touted defense. Started both playoff games versus Dallas (1/6/07) and at Chicago (1/14/07). Against Chicago’s fifth-ranked defense, posted 108 yards and two touchdowns in a nip-and-tuck overtime loss.
Pro: Only player in NFL history to record 15 or more touchdowns five consecutive seasons and is one of only two players (LaDainian Tomlinson) to record 10 or more rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons. Owns at least a share of 24 franchise career, season and single-game records. Owns club records for career touchdowns (107), rushing yards (8,713), attempts (1,969) and games with 100 or more yards rushing (35). The team is 29-6 when he rushes for 100 or more yards and is 23-2 when he rushes for two or more touchdowns in a game. Nine consecutive games of 100 or more yards versus the NFC West from 2004-05 is an NFL record for most consecutive 100-yard games versus a division. Drafted with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Alexander became the third running back to be taken in the first round by the Seahawks, following Curt Warner in 1983 and John L. Williams in 1986. Was also the 35th running back drafted by the Seahawks.
2000: Saw action in all 16 games and started one in a reserve role during his rookie season. Served as Seattle’s short-yardage back on third and fourth downs. Finished the season second on the team, behind Ricky Watters, rushing 64 times for 313 yards. His 4.9-yard average ranked second among rookie running backs. Average also ranks second among all-time Seahawks rookies (at least 50 attempts) behind Rick Mirer. Mirer had a 5.0 average on 68 carries for 343 yards in 1993. Alexander earned his first career start in a split backfield with Watters at Kansas City (10/2) and turned in his finest performance of the season. He rushed for season highs with 11 carries and 74 yards, which included 55 yards on six carries on a touchdown drive just before halftime to give Seattle a 14-7 lead, a drive he capped with his first-career touchdown run from 7 yards out. In the second meeting versus the Chiefs (10/29), he only carried the ball four times, but rolled off 53 yards, which included a career-long 50-yard burst on a fourth-and-1. Rushed for his second touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run versus Oakland (12/16).
2001: Despite only starting 12 games, rushed for 1,318 yards on 309 attempts, the fifth-highest rushing total in team history while becoming just the fourth back to eclipse the 1000-yard mark joining Warner, Chris Warren and Watters. Played in all 16 games, and earned the starting role after Watters injured his shoulder at Oakland (9/30), which snapped Watters’ streak of 116 consecutive starts. Watters returned to the starting lineup versus Dallas (12/9), but suffered a broken ankle and was placed on injured reserve and Alexander started the three remaining games. Rushing total was the third-highest in the AFC (6th NFL), while his 4.3 yards per rush ranked third in the AFC (4th NFL) among backs with at least 300 carries. Led the NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns, just one shy of Warren’s 1995 team record. Led the AFC and was tied for second in the NFL in non-kicker scoring with 96 points (Marshall Faulk 128, Terrell Owens 96) on 16 total touchdowns (14 rushing, 2 receiving). Marked the first time that a Seahawks player led the AFC in non-kicker scoring and rushing touchdowns since 1978, when David Sims led the entire league with 90 points and 14 touchdowns. Sixteen combined touchdowns tied a team record established by Warren in 1995, and became the first Seahawks player to lead the conference in total touchdowns since Derrick Fenner scored 15 in 1990. Ranked third in the AFC (6th NFL) with 1,661 total yards from scrimmage, and ranked sixth in the AFC with 76 first downs. Finished second on the team with 44 receptions for 343 yards and two touchdowns. Earned second AFC Offensive Player of the Week award after one of the best games in NFL history versus the Oakland Raiders (11/11), rushing for a franchise-record 266 yards on 35 carries, second-most in team history, with three touchdowns. Performance was the fourth-highest total in NFL history and best since Corey Dillon set the league rushing standard in 2000 with 278 yards which broke Walter Payton’s 23-year record of 275. O.J. Simpson recorded 273 in 1976. Three touchdowns were the most in one game since Warren rushed for three versus Denver on October 1, 1995. Had an 88-yard touchdown run which ranks as the longest offensive touchdown from scrimmage in team annals. First start of the season came versus Jacksonville (10/7) and rushed 31 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns while earning his first AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Total was the sixth-highest on the team’s rushing charts. Rushed for 142 yards the following week versus Denver (10/14) on 33 carries and had two touchdowns, including a 60-yard scoring run. Versus Miami (10/28), carried 23 times for 87 yards. Although he only totaled 60 yards on 13 carries at Washington (11/4), had a 41-yard touchdown run. Registered 93 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries at Buffalo (11/18). Had 87 yards on 29 carries in overtime victory versus San Diego (12/2), including six carries for 29 yards in overtime which led to the game-winning field goal. Split time with Watters at Denver (12/9) and replaced him after Watters (ankle) got the start versus Dallas (12/16). At New York versus the Giants (12/23), rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown (from 29 yards out) on 28 carries and had one receiving touchdown for his fourth multi-touchdown game of the season. Rushed for 127 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown, on 20 carries in the season finale versus Kansas City (1/6/02).
2002: Started all 16 games at running back en route to rushing for an NFC-leading (2nd NFL) and franchise-record 16 touchdowns, eclipsing his own mark of 15 he tied with Warren in 2001. Also led the NFC (2nd NFL) and set a team record with 18 combined touchdowns and in non-kicker scoring with 108 points. Rushed for 1,175 yards on 295 carries (4.0 avg.). Yard total ranked fifth in the NFC while he ranked fourth in total yards from scrimmage with 1,635. Had a career-high 59 receptions, which ranked third among NFC running backs, for 460 yards. Finished second in the NFC with 80 first downs. Combined for 110 yards on 44 carries in the first three games at Oakland (9/8), versus Arizona (9/15) and at the N.Y. Giants (9/22). Got on track versus Minnesota (9/29) rushing for 139 yards on 24 carries and scoring a career-high and franchise-record five touchdowns (career-high four rushing, one receiving). All scores were in the first half to set an NFL-record for most touchdowns in one half. Five touchdowns were also the second-most in NFL history to tie with nine others. Four rushing scores tied for the most in Seahawks history (Warner vs. Denver, 12/11/88). Also had three receptions for a career-high 92 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Became one of only two players (Joey Galloway) in team history to record at least one touchdown rushing and receiving of 80 yards or longer. Carried 25 times for 96 yards and a touchdown versus San Francisco (10/14). Rushed for two touchdowns at Dallas (10/27) and at Arizona (11/10). Totaled a season-high 145 yards versus Kansas City (11/24) with two touchdowns. Tied a career-high with eight receptions for 77 yards at San Francisco (12/1). Rushed for 123 yards in a 27-20 loss versus Philadelphia (12/8), the first game he’d lost when rushing for at least 100 yards for Seattle. Had the game-winning touchdown in overtime at Atlanta (12/15) on a 27-yard scoot, one of two touchdowns on the day in a 127-yard performance. Also had two rushing scores the following week versus St. Louis (12/22).
2003: Earned first trip to Pro Bowl after rushing for career-high 1,435 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns. Yardage total ranked fourth in the NFC and was the highest since Warren’s 1994 team record (1,545). Sixteen touchdowns ranked second in club history, tying his own 2001 total and Warren (1995), and two shy of team-record (18) Alexander set in 2002. Fourteen rushing scores were second in the NFC. Moved into third place in club record book with 52 career touchdowns after beginning the season tied for sixth with Daryl Turner (36). Tied Warner and Warren for second-most 100-yard games in a season with seven, including 100-yard performances in four of final seven games. Warren rushed for at least 100 yards eight times in 1995. Finished third in the NFC with 1,730 total yards from scrimmage (1,435 rush/295 receiving), and ranked second in NFC to only Ahman Green (115) with 95 first downs. Opened the season with 124 total yards (108 rushing/16 receiving) and two touchdowns (1 rushing/1 receiving) versus the Saints (9/7) helping Seattle to their first home opening victory since 1998. Scored once at Arizona (9/14) on a 2-yard run. Snapped a string of 34 consecutive starts versus St. Louis (9/21) after helping deliver his first child, daughter Heaven. Rushed to the game shortly after and entered the game in the second quarter and netted 29 yards on only two first-half carries. Totaled 58 yards on 14 carries. Rushed for 102 yards at Green Bay (10/5), only the second time team had lost in 10 games where he topped the 100-yard mark. Posted third 100-yard rushing game (101, 2 TDs) of season versus Chicago (10/19) that included a game-winning, 25-yard scamper with :58 remaining in the game. Led team with seven catches (52 yards), including a touchdown at Cincinnati (10/27). Rushed 22 times for 94 yards and a touchdown at Washington (11/9). Recorded fourth 100-yard game of season (110) versus Detroit (11/16) that included a touchdown and season-long 55-yard run. Carried season-high 27 times versus Cleveland (11/30) totaling 127 yards and a touchdown. Game marked first time in franchise history team had a 100-yard rusher, 300-yard passer (Hasselbeck-328), and two 100-yard receivers (Koren Robinson-122, Darrell Jackson-102). Carried 15 times for 56 yards and 10th touchdown of season at Minnesota (12/7). Rushed for 126 yards at St. Louis (12/14), including 49th career touchdown moving him into third place all-time ahead of Warren. Posted 13th career multi-touchdown game versus Arizona (12/21) on season-high 135 yards rushing. Helped Seattle seal playoff berth at San Francisco (12/27) with a touchdown and 133 yards from scrimmage. Rushed for 84 yards, including 75 in second half and 59 in final quarter. Rushed 20 times for 45 yards with club playoff-record three touchdowns (all 1-yard runs) in postseason loss at Green Bay (1/4/04).
2004: Earned second trip to Pro Bowl after leading the NFL with a career-high and Seahawks-record 20 total touchdowns (16 rush, career-high four receiving) and 120 points scored. Finished first in the NFC (2nd NFL) with 16 rushing touchdowns. Led NFC (2nd NFL) with a career-high and Seahawks record 1,696 yards rushing and a 4.8 rushing average. Was second in the NFC (4th NFL) with 1,866 total yards from scrimmage and 86 first downs. With rushing touchdown versus Miami (11/21), passed Warner to become Seattle’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and his 154 rushing yards versus Arizona (12/26) passed Warren’s single-season rushing record (1,545 yards). Rushed for 135 yards on 28 carries in season opener at New Orleans (9/12) and posted three touchdowns (two rush, one receiving). Totaled fifth-career, three-touchdown game (two rush, one receiving) versus San Francisco (9/26). Totaled 150 rushing yards and a touchdown versus St. Louis (10/10). Versus Carolina (10/31), carried the ball more than 30 times for the fourth time in career, totaling 32 carries for season-high 195 yards and a touchdown. Also added a receiving touchdown. Rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries at San Francisco (11/7). Posted third-straight 100-yard game with 176 yards on 22 carries at St. Louis (11/14). Tacked on two more rushing touchdowns versus Dallas (12/6). Both scores (1 yard and 32 yards) came on fourth-and-1 plays in the fourth quarter. Registered his sixth 100-yard game of season at Minnesota (12/12) and scored on a 12-yard screen pass. Totaled three rushing touchdowns versus Arizona (12/26) on 30 carries for 154 yards, tying a career high with seven 100-yard rushing games in a season. Rushed for 80 yards in the regular-season finale versus Atlanta (1/2/05) just missing tying the Jets’ Curtis Martin (1,697 yards) for the NFL rushing lead. Scored 16th rushing touchdown, tying his Seahawks record (2002), and 19 carries gave him 353 on the season, also a Seahawks single-season record. Carried 15 times for 40 yards in playoff loss to St. Louis (1/8/05).
2005: Turned in one of the finest seasons in NFL history earning NFL MVP honors, a third conesecutive trip to the Pro Bowl and first selection as an All Pro. Started all 16 games and scored an NFL-record 28 touchdowns surpassing Priest Holmes’ 2003 total of 27. Total of 168 points scored were the second-most in NFL history behind only Paul Hornung’s 176 in 1960. Won the NFL’s rushing title with a franchise record 1,880 yards which included club marks of 370 carries and a 5.1-yard per carry average. Yard total was the ninth-highest in NFL history. Had a club-record 11 games with 100 or more yards rushing which propelled him to his franchise-best fifth 1,000-yard season. Scored at least one touchdown in a club record nine consecutive games, and with four touchdowns versus Arizona (9/25) and Houston (10/16), joined Jim Taylor (1962) as the only players in NFL history to rush for four touchdowns twice in one season. During the season, became the Seahawks’ career leader in rushing yards (7,817), attempts (1,717), and 100-yard games (33). Totaled 1,958 yards from scrimmage, second in the NFC (3rd NFL) and led the NFC (2nd NFL) with 110 total first downs. Converted all 16 third-and-1 rushing attempts. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week 3 (vs. Arizona), Week 6 (vs. Houston), Week 9 (vs. Arizona), and NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. Became the first player in NFL history to record 15 or more touchdowns five consecutive seasons, only the fourth player in NFL history to score 20 touchdowns in consecutive seasons, and fifth player to record 1,600 rushing yards in consecutive seasons. After gaining 73 yards on 14 carries in the opener at Jacksonville (9/11), turned in the first of six 140-plus yard performances in home opener versus Atlanta (9/18) with 144 yards and a touchdown. Rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns versus Arizona (9/25). Totaled 119 yards and two touchdowns in win at St. Louis (10/9). Won NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors and helped team set club rushing record versus Houston (10/16) adding 141 yards and two touchdowns. Along with Maurice Morris’ 104 yards, became only the third rushing tandem in club history to top 100 yards in the same game. Became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher versus Dallas (10/23) passing Chris Warren (6,706). Earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time with a season-high 173 yards at Arizona (11/6). Scored two touchdowns, including second career touchdown run of 88 yards versus the Cardinals. Carried the ball a season-high 33 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns versus St. Louis (11/13). Rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns at San Francisco (11/20) and 110 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries versus the N.Y. Giants (11/27). Only played the first half in a 42-0 Monday Night Football win at snowy Philadelphia (12/5) toting the ball 19 times for 49 yards. Ran for 108 yards and a touchdown versus San Francisco (12/11) and 172 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee (12/18). Alexander tied the NFL record for most touchdowns in a season with three, including the only receiving touchdown of the season, versus Indianapolis (12/24) along with 139 yards. Broke the NFL’s single-season touchdown record with his 28th on a 1-yard run at Green Bay (1/1/06) in just one half of action. In the postseason, started all three games totaling 236 yards and two touchdowns on 60 carries. Carried just six times in the Divisional Playoff game versus Washington (1/14/06) after suffering a concussion with 4:29 remaining in the first quarter. Returned to start the NFC Championship Game versus Carolina (1/22/06) and carried 34 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Carried 20 times for 95 yards in Super Bowl XL versus Pittsburgh (2/5/06) in Detroit.
Honors: 2003: NFC Pro Bowl. 2004: NFC Pro Bowl, PFW All-NFL Team, AP All-Pro 2nd Team, NFL Offensive Player of the Week 16. 2005: NFL MVP, AP All-Pro 1st Team, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, NFC Pro Bowl, Sporting News Player of the Year, PFW MVP, Maxwell Club Player of the Year, FedEx Ground Player of the Year, PFW All-Pro Team, Sporting News All-Pro Team, AP All-NFL Team, NFC Offensive Player of the Week (3, 6 & 9), FedEx Ground Player of the Week 10, NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, Seahawks Man of the Year.