A Day in History | James Zorn

May 10, 1953, James Arthur Zorn was born in Whittiere, California. He grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, where he studied at school. In addition to the standard ones for future football pros, athletics and baseball, He also practiced quite exotic for the state of speed skating. Then he spent two years at Cerritos Preparatory College. The team coach did not put Zorn in the squad, as he did not believe in his leadership qualities. In 1973, he transferred to the Polytechnic University in Pomona. There he played two seasons, setting ten program records, including on pass and extra yards and touchdowns for his career.

The modesty of the college and the small playing experience led to the fact that in the 1975 draft, Zorn did not like any of the NFL teams. As a free agent, he signed a contract with Dallas, but was expelled at the very end of pre-season fees. Viewing in Rams was inconclusive, and a year later he was offered a contract in Seattle. There Seahawks prepared for the first season in their history.

From 1976 to 1983, Zorn was the team's starting quarterback. Following the results of the debut season, the NFL Players Association recognized him as AFC Rookie of the Year. For three consecutive seasons, he scored at least 3,000 pass yards, and in 1978, the offense he led became one of the best in the league. In the course of the 1983 season, Jim lost his place in the starting lineup to Dave Krieg, and after leaving the next he left Seahawks. After that, Packers, Buccaneers and Canadian Winnipeg were in his career, but everywhere Zorn remained a backup. He ended his career in 1987, gaining a total of 21,115 yards and making 111 touchdowns. In 1991, he became the second player introduced to the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor.

Almost immediately, Jim began to train. For ten years he worked in college football, was a quarterback coach and assault coordinator. In 1997, he returned to the NFL. For three seasons, Zorn worked in Detroit, then returned to Seahawks. It was he who helped Matt Hasselbeck add stability and become the second quarterback in Seattle's history, gaining 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Jim managed to work and the main, but his two seasons in Redskins can not be called at least somehow successful. After that, he coached quarterbacks at Ravens and Chiefs, and in 2013 he went on a well-deserved rest. Last year, he returned to football and the brief period of the new incarnation of the XFL worked as general manager and head coach of the Seattle Dragons.

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