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Seahawks Player Q&A: Former Quarterback Jim Zorn

ZornQ&A

Q: What are you up to now?

A: Well, I have a lot of different projects that I’m working on. I’m still coaching quarterbacks individually. I’m working on building things around the house both inside and outside with things that I’ve never done before. I love to ride my bike. I do a lot of mountain biking around the Seattle area. There are some very good bike parks around here that force you to get good cardio work because you have to ride uphill but the downhill is really fun.

Q: Do you support or work with any organizations or charities?

A: I’ve worked a lot with Medical Teams International, which the Seahawks have actually been very generous towards. In addition, my daughter works for an organization called Jill’s House, which is an opportunity for families that have kids with special needs to send their kids for the weekend so they can just have some rest.

Q: What was the most memorable game that you played in?

A: I could say the most memorable was a game against the Buffalo Bills where I was coming off of an injury but I threw four touchdowns in my first game back. What was cool about that game was O.J. Simpson was playing for Buffalo at that time and watching him run was pretty incredible. We beat them in the last two minutes of the game and that was very memorable.

Q: Do you have a favorite former teammate?

A: I have a lot of memorable teammates – Steve Largent and I spent a lot of time together and still spend a lot of time together. I would say that would be a guy that I’ve had a very long friendship with. I’m still close with Sherman Smith, Steve Raible, Sam McCullum, Sam Adkins, Howard Mudd and Jerry Rhome.

Q: Favorite moment as a Seahawks player or coach?

A: As a player, my favorite moment was lining up as the starting quarterback for the brand new Seattle Seahawks. That was an incredible experience because the city had been waiting for an NFL team for a few years and then finally, to line up and to be on the field playing when it became a reality was pretty incredible. As a coach, being here with Mike Holmgren and going to the Super Bowl in Detroit against the Pittsburgh Steelers was a great experience.

Q: What is your most prized possession?

A: I don’t think I possess my wife but she would be my prized possession. My marriage is a prized possession. As far as a thing, I would say my bike because I use it so much. If I had a really cool lawnmower, I might even say it would be my lawnmower but my lawnmower is not that cool.

Q: Favorite meal?

A: My favorite meal is most things barbecue, but I particularly enjoy barbecue salmon with fresh fruit and vegetables. Fresh king salmon is hard to beat.

Q: What was your first job growing up?

A: My first job was probably mowing lawns for neighbors.

Q: Favorite book?

A: My favorite book would be anything by Daniel Silva. He writes novels and he’s got a super-spy named Gabriel Allon. He’s an excellent writer and has written many novels about this spy. I just read his latest book called The Other Woman but I’ve read many of his novels and enjoy those books. 

Q: Who or what is the biggest influence on your life?

A: The biggest influence on my life probably would have to do with my faith and coming to a faith and following Christ in my life.

Q: Favorite musical artist?

A: Bob Dylan

Q: What is the number one thing on your bucket list?

A: I want to paddle my kayak from Sequim to my house, which is about 63 nautical miles (which is about 72 mi.).

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