The Beginning: "I think when I was 5 years old, I got my first Bart Starr uniform," Krieg said.
The Seahawk Years: Dave Krieg trotted from the bench, threw touchdown passes to Steve Largent and Paul Johns and engineered a third.
Retirement: Fitting that after so many years, Dave Krieg chose to return to the place where he began his NFL career to announce his retirement.
What Others Say About Dave: Jerry Wunsch -- "When I was growing up, Seattle was my favorite team because of a guy name Dave Krieg. ...
Dave on Dave: "Sometimes you just wonder how I've been able to last 17 years coming from Milton College," Krieg said.
What You Say about Dave: Dave is my favorite football player of all time for one reason. He played at the highest possible level that his talent would allow and then he squeezed out even more by working hard.
Dave Krieg for Ring of Honor! He's made it! Thanks to all of you who sent letters to petition the Seahawks for Dave's rightful place in the Ring of Honor!
Dave's World Tour: Dave's been ... uh ... he's been ... well ... I'm not sure where all he's been but some of our super secret Seahawks fans have spotted him in some interesting places and we've got the film to prove it!!
Dave's Stats: He ranks seventh in the NFL all-time in attempts (5,309), completions (3,105) and passing touchdowns (261). His 38,147 passing yards rank eighth.
SEAHAWKS LOOK TO PAST FOR FUTURE BACKUP
Source: The News Tribune
Mar 6, 1997
After reuniting the Blades brother on the football field, the Seattle Seahawks turned nostalgic in their final push to land an experienced backup quarterback.
Former Seahawk Dave Krieg returns to team headquarters today while the front office awaits word on whether Warren Moon will accept their two-year contract offer. With Boomer Esiason also a consideration in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks should know as early as Friday who will back up John Friesz next season.
Like Moon, Krieg is eager to return to Seattle where he still owns a home, though his spends his winters in Phoenix.
"The Seahawks seem very interested in figuring out their quarterback situation, and Dave is looking forward to flying up there," said Kevin Swan, one of Krieg's agents. "There is a real positive feel to all of this. I think things could move very quickly."
Moon stayed in Southern California on Wednesday while negotiations started with the Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers. Each team is talking about two-year contracts that would pay him around $1 million this year and could count against the cap at less than $700.000
With Stan Humphries, Sean Salisbury and Craig Whelihan under contract, the Chargers are only considering Moon because of the urgings of head coach Kevin Gilbride, who worked with Moon in Houston. The Seahawks, who traded Rick Mirer to Chicago, believe Moon, Krieg or Esiason give them a quarterbacking edge over a 16-game schedule.
"The moves the Seahawks have made over the past few weeks are creating a special feeling for Dave," Swan said. "There is a difference from the past."
Dave Krieg's Retirement
Source: Unknown newspaper
CHENEY - Fitting that after so many years, Dave Krieg chose to return to the place where he began his NFL career to announce his retirement.
In 1980, Krieg arrived as an undrafted free agent from Milton College in Wisconsin. He carried his college helmet and shoes to Seahawk training camp.
There were six quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart, but Krieg won a job in part because of his tenacity and his ability to improvise. The Seahawks signed him for $25,000 during his first year, with a $500 signing bonus. He wasn't supposed to remain with the team very long.
Twenty years later, Krieg returned to Eastern Washington University as the holder of 25 Seahawk passing records and the only quarterback to lead Seattle to three playoff appearances.
He ranks seventh in the NFL all-time in attempts (5,309), completions (3,105) and passing touchdowns (261). His 38,147 passing yards rank eighth.
"I think now I realize how big a deal it really was to come from a school that small," Krieg said yesterday. "It's just astonishing, especially seeing how things are now. Back then you had 120 players coming into training camp.
"That's a great opportunity because I would have never had gotten chosen nowadays or had the opportunity because of the salary cap."
Krieg played for six NFL teams, but he spent 12 of his 19 years in the league with the Seahawks. After leaving Seattle in 1992, he made stops in Kansas City, Detroit, Arizona and Chicago and spent his last two seasons in Tennessee. He did not play in 1999.
"When teams don't call you after a year or two, you kind of figure that's the way it goes," Krieg said. "But I've had a wonderful time playing in the NFL."
During a 40-minute news conference yesterday, Krieg thanked nearly everyone involved in his career, including the Nordstrom family (the team's first owner) and his wife, Sue, and their two sons, Matthew and Michael, who watched his retirement.
Krieg, 41, lives in Phoenix and is considering a career in broadcasting.
Source: Inside the Seahawks, Vol. 1, No. 14, November 7, 1986-November 13, 1986
Behind the Lines
At his weekly press conference last Wednesday, Seahawk Head Coach Chuck Knox announced that Gale Gilbert would take over the starting quarterback position from Dave Krieg.
"The reasons that went into arriving at this decision are based on the low productivity that we've had offensively, in terms of touchdown production the last three ball games. That's not really a direct reflection on the quarterback; meaning that he's not totally responsible. I think all of us are responsible for the fact that we really only scored four touchdowns in the last three ball games," said Knox.
In 1985 Gilbert, a physical education major and four-year letterman and three-year starter at California, with 6,566 passing yards, signed with the team as a free agent.
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