Dave Krieg to be Inducted into Seahawks Ring of Honor
August 15, 2004
“Dave quarterbacked arguably a couple of the best teams in the franchise’s history,” said Chuck Knox, former Seahawks head coach from 1983-1991. “He was a great competitor, and when the team needed big plays in big games he would make them. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
Dave Krieg signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of tiny Milton College in 1980. He went on to spend the first 12 years (1980-1991) of his 19-year NFL playing career with the team while becoming the club’s all-time leader in 31 career, season, and single-game passing categories at the time of his departure.
He is still at the top of 20 of those categories, including career passing yards (26,132), completions (2,0960), attempts (3,576), and touchdowns (195).
When asked about the keys to his success and long NFL career, Krieg replied, “Just keep sticking with it and not knowing I wasn’t supposed to be in that situation and make it. That gave me that work ethic to never feel like I had it made. I always had to keep working, knowing somebody, somewhere else, might be working harder, and maybe they might have more talent.”
Now 45 years of age, Dave lives in Ahwatukee, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, spending much of his time with his hockey-playing sons, Mathew, 16, and Michael 14. When not spending time with his family, Dave does volunteer work for the YMCA and promotional work for “Destination Wisconsin,” encouraging golfers to come to his home state in the summer. A 6- to 10-handicapper, Dave also participates in charity golf tournaments, appearing at Jacob Green’s charity golf tournament last June.
He finds that in retirement he is busier than ever. In exciting news, Dave will be inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor during halftime of Seattle’s game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 26. Krieg will be the eighth Seahawk inducted to the Ring of Honor, joining wide receiver Steve Largent, quarterback Jim Zorn, cornerback Dave Brown, running back Curt Warner, defensive end Jacob Green, safety Kenny Easley, and broadcaster Pete Gross.
“Coming from a small town and small college, playing in the NFL was my dream and I thank the Seahawks for helping that dream come true,” said Krieg. “This is quite an honor, and I’m blessed that the Seahawks saw fit to include me in their Ring of Honor. This is really a culmination of a lot of hard work by my teammates. One guy can’t do it alone.”
“He deserves to be in the Seahawks Ring of Honor,” said Chuck Knox.