Like most expansion teams, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t enjoy a lot of success their first couple of years in 1976 and 77. However fans of the new franchise were soon counting on the heroics of a free-agent quarterback out of Cal Poly Pomona named Jim Zorn to keep the games exciting.
Utilizing exceptional scrambling ability, Zorn often made the Sunday highlight reels—especially when connecting with favorite target and eventual Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Steve Largent. With Zorn directing the offense, it wasn’t long before the Seahawk faithful were enjoying back-to-back winning records (1978-79). He is just one of 10 players or coaches to have been named to the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor.
Following the end of his playing career in 1988, Zorn went into coaching, starting at the college level as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach at Boise State for the 1989 season. In 1992, he became the offensive coordinator at Utah State and in 1995 joined the staff at the University of Minnesota as quarterbacks coach. In 1997, Zorn made the coaching jump to the pro ranks as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks (1997 and 2001 – 07) and also the Detroit Lions (1998 – 2000). His turn as a head coach would come with the Washington Redskins in 2008 – 2009, followed by stints as quarterback's coach with the Baltimore Ravens (2010) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011 – 2012).
Away from the field, Zorn is very active with Medical Teams International and with Pro Athletes Outreach. Medical Teams International provides medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to people in need. Pro Athletes Outreach conducts Christian programs and conferences to equip professional athletes, coaches and their families to make a positive impact on the world.