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Jim Zorn in SI's Faces in the Crowd

Since Sports Illustrated, circa 1984, was kind enough to provide the impetus for yesterday's Jim Zorn skins coyotes story, I figured I'd see what else we can learn about Zorn from the Sports Illustrated Vault. Among the things I didn't know: Jim Zorn was featured in the iconic Faces in the Crowd bit during his senior year at Cal Poly Pomona. See above. Nice hair. And what the heck ever happened to 6-year-old cycling phenom Curt Kutschenreuter?

Other highlights:

The Pass is Prologue, from November, 1978

On the whole, the Seahawks hardly seem characteristic of any football team. They are heavy into Bible study, prayer, hospital visits and off-season charity basketball games. Coach Jack Patera has yet to face a disciplinary problem. And if Zorn is any example, the Seahawks are a very unpretentious group; the quarterback owns a 1955 Bentley coupe but prefers to drive a '72 Volkswagen with 96,000 miles on the odometer, and he appears in only one TV commercial--for Sam's Tire Service.

They Said It, from December, 1978

Sam Rutigliano, Cleveland Browns coach, on how to stop Seattle's scrambling quarterback, Jim Zorn: "Well, you could give your outside linebackers hand grenades."

(That segment also had this, from Baltimore's WSBR disc jockey Johnny Walker: "The University of Maryland football team members all make straight As. Their Bs are a little crooked.")

They Said It, from December, 1979

Jim Zorn, Seattle Seahawk quarterback, whose wife Joy is expecting their first child: "If it's a boy, my neighbors have some friends who want me to name him Bjorn, so the headlines could read, BJORN ZORN BORN.' "

They Said It, from November, 1980

Jim Zorn of the Seattle Seahawks, expounding on the perils of being a running quarterback in the NFL: "You have to know when and how to go down. The key is to have a fervent desire to be in on the next play."

Seattle: City Life At Its Best, from July, 1982

Jim Zorn is the Seahawks' quarterback, but otherwise he's typical of the new Seattleites, in that every waking, nonworking hour of his life is filled with outdoor recreation. Zorn skis, water-skis, hunts pheasant and duck, fishes for salmon and steelhead, sails, runs road races and works out with a bike-racing club.

"I'd lived in Southern California all my life," he says. "If you wanted to get out you either had to drive 60 to 100 miles to go up into the mountains or down to the beach. In Southern California what we did was skateboard, throw frisbees, surf, go to miniature golf courses. Here we have lakes and trees and mountains and hiking trails, all nearby. Even if I were to be cut or traded or got a new job, I would hope it would bring me back here. This is where I'd like to end up."

Finally, does it get better than the photo, below, of Zorn's offseason workout regime, from July of 1982, on a page adjoining to the one featuring Dan Dierdorf riding a bike? No, my friends, it does not. (Unless you're talking about this photo of Zorn and Largent in tight jeans and plaid. That might be better.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 17, 2008; 9:58 AM ET
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I. Love. Zorn.

Posted by: | October 17, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Seriously. If this guy turns out to be as awesome on the sidelines as he is on the Bog, we're looking at the next Vince Lombardi.

Faces in the crowd? Skinning Cyotes?

So awesome.

Posted by: Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) | October 17, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Ooh me so Zorny

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

No Sam's Tire Service video? Come on!

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | October 17, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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