It is the most glorified position in all of the NFL. That position would be the Quarterback and the Seahawks have seen plenty of disappointments along the way. There also has been a few surprises that have come from out of the woods to make their mark on the team.
Many will not remember Dan McGwire (brother of Mark McGwire), Jeff Kemp, or Kelly Stouffer; but they are among the 23 quarterbacks in Seahawks history. Let's take a look at the ten best Hawks to lead the team into battle.
This was a close one since you could go with Kelly Stouffer or Stan Gelbaugh, but I'm going with a man that has done something of meaning. Although he only has started two games, the second game was a crucial division winning title game. The former Clemson Tiger showed up for his first big test with the Seahawks and takes the tenth slot with a poor amount of choices to choose from.
Friesz was brought in from San Diego to replace Rick Mirer and got caught up in a QB battle with Warren Moon and Jon Kitna. He still was able to complete 55% of his passes over his four years with the club. He held a ratio of 16 touchdowns to 12 interceptions in Seattle.
The former Iowa State Cyclone was primarily a backup during his time in Seattle. A quick and nimble man who could run for a first down as easily as he could pass for one, Wallace was primarily a backup to Matt Hasselbeck. In five years he completed 60% of his passes for 3547 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Yes, Rick Mirer did play quite a bit putting up statistics. Unfortunately, that did not lead to much success for him. The "Golden Boy" from Notre Dame had a solid rookie year. Mirer set rookie records for attempts, completions & yards, along with becoming only the 3rd rookie quarterback since 1970 to start all of his team's games. He finished that season 5th in the AFC with 274 completions and 2833 yards passing. After that, he was never able to duplicate his rookie year success and after four years was shipped out to the Chicago Bears.
He might be working for ESPN right now, but Dilfer was once playing in the league for the Seahawks. A Super Bowl champion with the Ravens, he did his part with Seattle. He only went 8-4 as a starter; but he was great in backup duty for Matt Hasselbeck. He would spend four years with the team while completing 55% of his passes.
The Central Washington collegiate, Kitna came to Seattle as an afterthought. As the third string QB when he came in 1997, Kitna would work his way to being the starter by 1999. He was 18-15 playing for Seattle and threw for 49 touchdown passes. He held a 76.3 passer rating for the club.
It was a "full moon" many times when the ball ended up in Warren's hands. Torching defenses with his deep passes was a regular thing and Joey Galloway among others enjoyed the balls thrown their way. The former Washington Husky was 41 by the time he had a chance to show his worth with the Hawks and would have a solid 1998 at the age of 42. Moon also is tied with Dave Krieg and Matt Hasselbeck for most touchdowns in a single game with 5.
He might be the NFL's true man of butterfingers, but he also was a decent quarterback in his own right. He owns Seattle's single season touchdown record (32) which was established in 1984. An eleven year player for the Hawks, Dave is also second all-time in team passing yards with 26,132. Krieg is one of the more overlooked players in team history.
This was a tough decision as Zorn doesn't have the stats of Krieg, but he did have a knack for getting what he could out of the position for the Seahawks. A mobile, smooth throwing lefty, Zorn and Steve Largent developed a devastating aerial display during their years together. Zorn is third all-time in yards, touchdowns and completions in Seattle history.
How does Hasselbeck crack the top? Well, for starters he leads the team in Career starts, completion percentage and yards thrown. He also has the distinction of being the only one of this group to take his team to the Super Bowl and has the most passing yards in a single game at 449 yards. The three time Pro Bowler has been the main man in Seahawks quarterback history.