6 results for tag: Jack Patera


Legends Remember Jack Patera

<span class="mce_SELRES_start" style="width: 0px; line-height: 0; overflow: hidden; display: inline-block;" data-mce-type="bookmark"></span>Sam Adkins, Ron Howard, Norm Johnson and Jim Zorn weigh in on playing for Jack Patera, the very first Seahawks head coach, who passed away on October 31, 2018. Jack Patera's Obituary Jack Patera passed away peacefully at home on October 31, 2018, surrounded by family, friends and his dogs. Jack was born on August 1, 1933 in Bismarck, North Dakota, to parents Frank and Dorothy Patera, the oldest of five children. He spent memorable years as a young child in Bend, Oregon, before ...

Read More


First Seahawks Coach Jack Patera Dies

The Seahawks and Seahawks fans mourn the death of their very first head coach, Jack Patera, who died of pancreatic cancer on October 31, 2018. He was 85. Patera's passing follows the death of the Seahawks' second head coach, Chuck Knox, who passed away on May 12, 2018. John Arlen Patera was on born August 1, 1933, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He attended Washington High School in Portland, Oregon, and went on to play football at Oregon from 1951–1954. He began his 38-year career in the NFL when he was selected by the Baltimore Colts as the 44th pick in the fourth round of the 1955 NFL Draft. "I was a down lineman in college, I played offens...

Read More


The Pacific NW Football Hall of Fame

The 2017 edition of the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame induction class featured several Seahawks Legends, plus a couple more important Seahawks associates. Joining the 2017 class were: Dave Brown, Blair Bush and Jack Patera, plus team photographer Corky Trewin and Seahawks team owner Paul Allen. The induction luncheon was held on May 19, 2017, at CenturyLink Field, with Seahawks Legend and "Voice of the Seahawks" Steve Raible serving as mc. John Patera accepted the induction plaque on behalf of his dad, former Seahawks head coach Jack Patera, and relayed the talking points and message he received directly from his dad. Seahawks VP of ...

Read More


A Visit with Jack Patera

As the very first head coach in Seahawks history, Jack Patera brought a 20-year NFL resume to the job as both a player and assistant coach. Drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1955, he would play both offensive guard and defensive linebacker over his 7-year playing career with the Colts (1955-1957), Chicago Cardinals (1958-1959) and Dallas Cowboys (1960-1961). He then went to work as a defensive line coach with the LA Rams (1963-1967), and moved on to the N.Y. Giants (1968) and Minnesota Vikings (1969-1975) in the same position. He joined the expansion Seahawks in 1976.

Read More


The Patera Era Weekend

The Seahawks honor their very first head coach, Jack Patera, with a weekend of activities leading up to the 2016 home opener against the Miami Dolphins. Featuring highlights from both days, comments from some of his players, as well as comments from Jack himself.

Read More


Meet Neil Graff, the Original Seahawks Starting Quarterback

There is a man in South Dakota who, on occasion, will stump people with a trivia question: Can you name the original starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks? Most believe that the answer is Jim Zorn. The unexpected answer is the name of the questioner: Neil Graff, a 65-year-old who has been a financial adviser in Sioux Falls for more than 35 years. He has a unique tie to the Seahawks and the New England Patriots, the teams that played in Super Bowl XLIX. Graff was drafted in the 16th round of the NFL draft in 1972. He spent six years with five teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, and he played quarterback behind such greats as ...

Read More