Dave Krieg Enshrined into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

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March 30, 2011

By Bill Boehlke

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The Milton College football team, year unknown. Dave Krieg is in the top row, 5th from the right.

Dave Krieg

Top-center: Dave Krieg

Former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg had Milton College back in the spotlight when he was recently enshrined into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The enshrinement ceremony was held on March 26 in Madison, Wisconsin.

At Milton, an obscure and now-defunct small private college in Milton, Wisconsin, Krieg began as the 7th-string quarterback for his school’s NAIA team. He had played high school at D.C. Everest where there was a power-I offense, which meant there were three running backs in the backfield, leaving room for only one wide receiver. Which also meant he didn’t have an opportunity to throw much in high school.

At Milton, he was the 7th string quarterback in a school of 300 students.

“How bad can it get if there are only 50 guys on the team and you’re the 7th best quarterback?” Krieg recalls. In the fourth game of the season his freshman year, he got his chance to start, partly due to attrition.

“There weren’t that many guys on the team,” he said. “Coach put some of those quarterbacks at different positions. Ironically enough, they had a junior varsity game earlier, and I had just come off a shoulder separation. I was holding for an extra point, rolled out, threw the ball, landed on my shoulder, slight shoulder separation. I waited two weeks and got a chance to start. We won the Illini-Badger Conference Championship and I got to start four more years.”

Krieg threw four passes in his first game, three of which went for touchdowns.

“I didn’t go to some big college, but I got to play for four years at the college level.”

Krieg191_0330In his 19-year NFL career, Krieg played for the Seahawks (1980–1991), Kansas City Chiefs (1992–1993), Detroit Lions (1994), Arizona Cardinals (1995), Chicago Bears (1996) and the Tennessee Oilers (1997–1998). He played in 213 games, completed 58.5 percent of his passes (3,105 for 5,311) for 38,147 passing yards, 261 touchdowns, 199 interceptions and an 81.5 rating. He also had 417 rushing attempts for 1,261 yards and 13 touchdowns and 3 pass receptions for 10 yards.

Krieg played in 12 postseason games and completed 51.1 percent of his passes (144 for 282) for 1,895 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 70.86 rating. He also had 17 rushing attempts for 20 yards and 1 touchdown.

Krieg is now a motivational speaker and real estate investor in Phoenix, Arizona, and was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 2004.

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