(Eds: Adds details, quotes.) Leon Washington wants to go down as the best kick returner to ever play in the NFL.
His seven kickoff return touchdowns are second all-time to the eight by Cleveland Browns return specialist Joshua Cribbs.
In 2010, Washington's three kick return touchdowns were critical in helping the Seahawks make the playoffs in Pete Carroll's first season as head coach. But last year, the Seahawks special teams unit wasn't successful in paving the way to the end zone for Washington. It was the first time in Washington's career that he had more than 40 kick return chances and failed to find the end zone.
In the team's season opener against Arizona last week, Washington was able to break an 83-yard kickoff return that set Seattle up in prime position for the Seahawks' only touchdown of the game. He then managed to break free for 52 yards on a punt return that led to a field goal to give Seattle a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter.
''It felt good for our return units ...