Jim Zorn was signed as a free agent by the Seahawks in 1976, having previously been signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. He would play quarterback for the Seahawks for nine seasons (1976 – 1984).
Zorn was named AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year by the NFL Players Association following the Seahawks’ inaugural 1976 season. He was also the Seahawks’ team MVP, throwing for 12 touchdowns and rushing for four touchdowns.
His three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons were tops in team history, since broken by Matt Hasselbeck in 2005, and he was the first Seahawks quarterback to record back-to-back 300-plus yard games, which he accomplished twice.
He would go on to play for the Green Bay Packers (1985), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL- 1986), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987), before retiring as a player.
He then entered the coaching ranks, eventually returning to the Seahawks in 1997 as an offensive assistant. After three seasons as quarterbacks coach with the Detroit Lions, Zorn would again return to the Seahawks in 2001 as quarterbacks coach, a position he held through 2007.