No need to fret about what to get Dave Krieg for his 55th birthday on Sunday. The NFL took care of that one during the week by having the Seahawks travel to Arizona for a Thursday night game against the Cardinals.
Krieg, whose improbable raise from rookie free agent in 1980 to the winningest quarterback in franchise history by the time he left after the 1991 season, lives in the Valley of the Sun. He played one season for the Cardinals in 1995, sandwiched between his other NFL stops after leaving Seattle – Kansas City (1992-93), Detroit (1994), Chicago (1996) and Tennessee (1997-98).
The forever-young Krieg, who became “The Man From Milton” and later “Mudbone,” is a frequent sideline visitor before Seahawks games in Seattle. Thursday night, his former team came to him.
Krieg still holds the franchise records for victories (70), touchdown passes (195), most TD passes in a season (32 in 1984), most 400-yard passing games (four), most games with four or more TD passes (seven) and highest completion percentage in a season (.656 in 1991) and game (.864 in 1988). He became the eighth member of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor in 2004.
All this from a kid who went to now-defunct Milton College, got a tryout with the Seahawks as a favor to his college coach and made the roster in 1980 because backup QB Steve Myer got a career-ending neck injury during an intra-squad scrimmage at training camp.
Then there’s that “Mudbone” nickname. Krieg can thank for former guard, and member of the Seahawks’ 35th anniversary team, Bryan Millard for that one.
“Yeah,” Millard once explained. “Dave is like an old bone they pulled out of the mud. He’s our mudbone.”
So, Happy 55th Birthday, “Mudbone.”