Interesting Facts About Quarterback And Coach Jim Zorn


Jim Zorn was the first quarterback to take the field in the history of the Seattle Seahawks franchise. He was very effective, even though he was largely surrounding by a team that lacked talent. He established a lifelong friendship with teammate and future Pro Football Hall of Fame member Steve Largent and was also a fan favorite in the Pacific Northwest. He stayed with the Seahawks from 1976 to 1984 and a few years later started his coaching career.

Some interesting facts about Jim Zorn:

-In Jim Zorn’s rookie year, the first year in the history of the Seattle Seahawks franchise, he led the league in passes attempted (439) and interceptions thrown (27).

-In 1978, his third season in the NFL, Jim Zorn was sacked a league leading 44 times.

-Jim Zorn finished his career with a record of 44-62 in games that he started.

-In a 13-11 victory over the Denver Broncos in 1982, Jim Zorn only played part of the game but ran the ball one time for 28 yards and also caught the only pass of his career which went for 27 yards. The pass was thrown by longtime Seahawks kicker Norm Johnson.

-Jim Zorn’s final year in the NFL, 1987, saw him go undefeated as a starting quarterback. He was 1-0 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thanks to a 20-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

-After Jim Zorn finished his career with the Seattle Seahawks, he went on to play one season in 1985 for the Green Bay Packers and then a final season in 1987 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

-Jim Zorn’s first 300 yard passing game came in his third season in the NFL, 1978, when he threw for 329 yards in a 24-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

-The most touchdowns Jim Zorn ever threw for in one game was four. He did this four times during his career: in a win over the Buffalo Bills and a loss to San Diego in 1977, in a win over the New Orleans Saints in 1979, and in a loss to the New England Patriots in 1980.

-The first touchdown pass of Jim Zorn’s career was thrown to Seattle wide receiver Sam McCullum.

-The last touchdown pass that Jim Zorn threw during his NFL career went to a future Hall of Famer, and it wasn’t Steve Largent. During his one season with Green Bay in 1985, he threw his final touchdown pass to wide receiver James Lofton.

-Jim Zorn threw just two touchdowns in the playoffs during his time in the NFL, both came in a 30-14 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1983 post season. The first one went to running back Dan Doornink and the second to tight end Charle Young.

-Jim Zorn threw more touchdown passes, 15 to be exact, against the San Diego Chargers than any other team in the league.

-The quarter that Jim Zorn threw the most touchdown passes of his career in is the 2nd quarter where he completed 35 of his 110 career touchdown passes.

-The longest touchdown pass of Jim Zorn’s career came in 1977 in a 42-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In the 2nd quarter of that game, when the Seahawks were trailing 28-0, he hooked up with running back David Sims for an 82 yard score.

-Steve Largent caught 43 touchdown passes from Jim Zorn, that is more than double the next player on the list who is Sam McCullum who caught 20 touchdown passes from Zorn.

-Jim Zorn rushed for 17 touchdowns during his career, the longest one going for 34 yards in a 31-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in 1979.

-Jim Zorn threw more touchdown passes (35) in the month of November than any other month.

-During his career in the NFL, Jim Zorn played against 27 different teams. The only team he played against at least once that he failed to throw a touchdown pass against was the Los Angeles Rams. The one team he never played against was the Seattle Seahawks.

-Jim Zorn played college football at Cal Poly-Pomona and was not taken in the NFL Draft.

-Though he only played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks (9 seasons), Green Bay Packers (1 season), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 season), he did see action with one other team. In an early September preseason game in 1975, Jim Zorn made an appearance at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

-Jim Zorn wore number 10 during his career with the Seahawks and the Buccaneers. He wore number 18 as a member of the Packers.

-In 1986, Jim Zorn left the NFL and signed on as a backup quarterback with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, appearing in just one game.

-Jim Zorn is the only person to make it to the NFL that graduated from his high school, Gahr High School in Cerritos, California. The school has produced four Major League Baseball players though: Bret Barberie, Shane Mack, Tom Nieto, and Al Osuna.

-In his first game as a head coach in the NFL, Jim Zorn’s Washington Redskins lost to the New York Giants by the score of 16-7.

-As an assistant coach, Jim Zorn has held various positions at the college level at Boise State University, Utah State, and the University of Minnesota, he has also been an assistant coach in the NFL with the Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.

-Jim Zorn’s first victory as a head coach in the NFL came in the second week of the 2008 season with a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.

-In 1991, Jim Zorn was the second player ever inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor, wide receiver Steve Largent was the first.

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