30 results for tag: Jim Zorn


3 Legends in Football Hall of Fame

Although they never played together at the same time for the Seahawks, Legends Brock Huard, Ron Howard & Paul Skansi got together for the first time on May 13, 2016, to be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame. The ceremony luncheon was held at the Nile Golf and Country Club in Mountlake Terrace, WA. Steve Raible, the "Voice of the Seahawks," served as the emcee. Originating in 1990 by former members of the Seattle Ramblers football team, the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame has selected the best of the best of Northwest football for over 20 years. Other Seahawks Legends inducted into the Hall include: ...

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A Visit with Ron Howard

It was a double treat for former Seahawks TE Ron Howard (1976 - 1978), who was recently presented with a golden football as part of the NFL's Super Bowl Honor Role campaign, and was honored with "Ron Howard Day" as proclaimed by the Seattle City Council. Ron is an asst. vice principal at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle. The golden football will actually reside at Pasco High School, where Ron played prep football. A letter to Pasco High School from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the golden football presentation, which took place on April 22. He was a member of the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl X team in 1975, the year before he joined ...

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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 ...

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Jim Zorn is Back on the Sidelines

By Dan Steinberg The Washington Post Fans flipping through their sports channels Saturday afternoon might see a familiar, and yet unexpected sight: Jim Zorn, head coach. The former Redskins boss will be leading the West team in the East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star exhibition that airs Saturday, Jan. 17,  at 1:00 pm PT on NFL Network. Zorn’s opposition will be led by Mike Singletary, another former NFL head coach who has taken a recent break from the profession. For Zorn, the preparation for this game – the practices, the drills, Saturday’s opportunity to call the shots – are more than a one-week lark in St. Petersburg, ...

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A Visit with Jim Zorn

As the first-ever starting QB for the Seahawks, Jim Zorn enjoyed a 9-year career in Seattle, and was the second player to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in 1991.

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Fake Field Goals 101

Jim Zorn was the holder and Efren Herrera was the kicker, but sometimes they had something up their sleeves other than field goal attempts for the Seahawks in the early 1980s.

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Jim Zorn: The Original Star

By Scott M. Johnson When the Seattle Seahawks signed unknown quarterback Jim Zorn off the street, they had no way of knowing that he would eventually be the franchise's first star player. And their low expectations didn't change much when they saw him in person for the first time. Nothing about Zorn was typical of an NFL quarterback. He had a strange name, a floppy haircut and he threw with his left arm. He played college ball at Cal Poly Pomona, not exactly a football powerhouse, and had already been cut by the Dallas Cowboys. And as for his style of play? Let's just say that Zorn was the antithesis of the polished, dropback passer that would soon ...

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Alumni Assistant Coaches on the Move in 2011

Dwaine Board - Cleveland Browns Defensive Line Coach Board was Oakland's defensive line coach in 2009 after spending six seasons with the Seahawks (2003-2008), where he worked for then-Seahawks head coach and now Browns president Mike Holmgren. Board played most of his pro career with San Francisco and broke into coaching on the 49ers' staff with Holmgren. He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX winning teams. He was signed by the Browns on January 31, 2011. Bobby Engram – San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Engram spent time in more places than just Seattle in his 14-year career, but while a ...

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Former Assistant Coaches Land New Positions

One of the original players from the Seahawks' inaugural season has returned to the fold, and several former assistant coaches have found new positions in and out of the NFL. Sherman Smith has joined head coach Pete Carroll's staff as running backs coach for the Seahawks. Smith was drafted in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Seahawks as a running back, the first offensive player picked by the new expansion team in its first season. Smith led the team in rushing in his first four seasons, eventually amassing 3,429 yards and 28 touchdowns in his seven years (1976-82) with the team. He also caught the ball 210 times for a total of ...

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For Jim Zorn, Seattle Was Love at First Sight

Everything he owned fit comfortably in a yellow Volkswagen, with just enough space left over for a few dreams. Jim Zorn hitched the VW to a friend's truck and started for Seattle with odds longer than his drive. He knew nothing about his chances and even less about the city. So he did the only thing that made sense - he stopped at an outdoor store near the interstate and purchased hiking boots and a down vest. Zorn remembers the exact date - March 11, 1976 - like he remembers the birthdays of his four children. The day a virtual unknown from Cal Poly Pomona embarked on a journey that wouldn't culminate for nearly 30 years, that won't ...

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