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Alexander loves the lights

Scott M. Johnson Everett Herald

SEATTLE – The way Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander has been performing on Sunday nights during his career, he might take title rights to Deion Sanders’s nickname.

Prime Time.

Alexander continued to shine under the Sunday night lights, rushing for 141 yards and four touchdowns in the 42-10 win over Houston. In six appearances on ESPN, Alexander has now rushed for 693 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averages 115.5 yards per appearance.

“It’s weird isn’t it?” said Alexander, who had a career-high 266 yards and three touchdowns in a 2001 win over Oakland on Sunday Night Football. “I can’t explain it. Everybody gets excited for this game.

“… I knew at breakfast this morning that the (offensive) line was ready. It’s one of those things where you wish every game could be on national television because you see how our guys are going to perform. I’m proud of them.”

On a night when the Seahawks rushed for a team-record 320 yards, Alexander was the star of the show. He scored on touchdowns of 4, 5, 1 and 23 yards in the win over Houston.

Along the way, he moved into 18th place in NFL history in career rushing touchdowns and became only the second player in league history to have 10 rushing touchdowns for five consecutive seasons.

Alexander moved into a tie with Earl Campbell and Leroy Kelly for 18th place with 74 career rushing touchdowns.

He joined San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson as the only running backs to accumulate at least 10 per year in five consecutive seasons. Tomlinson accomplished the feat Sunday afternoon.

Alexander already held the franchise record for rushing touchdowns, eclipsing Curt Warner’s mark last season.

“Once he gets close to the end zone, he smells it,” Seahawks teammate Ken Hamlin said of Alexander. “He can feel it coming on.”

Alexander has now scored four or more touchdowns in a game on three occasions, including two this season.

“Ever since (childhood) I realized that one of the coolest things in the game is scoring touchdowns,” Alexander said, “and I think mentally that still drives me.”

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