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Former Pro-Bowl quarterback Krieg retires

July 30, 2000

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— Dave Krieg wanted to play his 20th NFL season, but the phone never rang.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with Seattle made his retirement official Saturday. He picked Cheney, where the Seahawks hold their training camp, to make his announcement because it was the site of his first camp.

"I wanted to play my 20th season a lot." Krieg said. "To say 20 years in the NFL would have been great. As you know, with the salary cap, they want younger players in there. I still think I can still play. I still think I can go out there and do it."

Second-year coach Mike Holmgren presented Krieg with a blue Seahawks jersey with his name and old number, No. 17, on the back.

"I always wanted him to play for me, but he was way too expensive every year," Holmgren said.

Krieg ranks as the Seahawks' leader in pass attempts (3,576), completions (2,096), yards (26,132), touchdowns (195), interceptions (148) and rating (82.3). He helped the Seahawks get to the playoffs three times 1983, 1984 and 1988.

Krieg, 41, was released by Tennessee last July after the team signed Neil O'Donnell to be Steve McNair's backup. Krieg did not go to a training camp last season, but did not announce his retirement, hoping to catch on with another team and play in a 20th NFL training camp.

Krieg was with the Seahawks from 1980-91, Kansas City in '92-93, Detroit in '94, Arizona in '95, Chicago in '96 and Tennessee in '97-98.

During his 19-year career, he played in 213 games, starting 175 for six teams. He joined the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent from now-closed Milton College in Milton, Wis., and replaced Jim Zorn as the starting quarterback.

He ranks seventh in the NFL all-time in attempts with 5,309, completions with 3,105 and passing touchdowns with 261. His 38,147 career passing yards rank eighth.

Krieg ranks second to Warren Moon in league history with 153 lost fumbles. He also ranks second in the NFL in career sacks with 494 to John Elway's 516.

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