Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #43. Dave Krieg

43. Dave Krieg: Krieg managed to make the Seattle Seahawks as an un-drafted free agent out of Milton College ( if you haven’t heard of it, you are not alone.  One of the reasons is assuredly because it closed in 1982)  and was able to carve out a 19 year NFL career. In those 19 seasons, Krieg played for the Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Oilers (now Titans) and made the Pro Bowl three times.

His best seasons came in 1984, ’86 and ’88 with the Seahawks and ’94 with the Lions.  In 1984, Krieg led Seattle to a 12-4 record while setting career highs in passing yards (3,671) and touchdowns (32), and making the Pro Bowl for the first time.  In ’86, the Seahawks finished 10-4 in Krieg’s 14 starts as he completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,921 yards and 21 touchdowns, In ’88, Krieg only appeared in nine games due to injury, but made his second Pro Bowl thanks impart to throwing 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions.

While with Detroit in ’94, Krieg started the last seven games of the season after Scott Mitchell was injured and led them to a 5-2 record and a playoff berth.  That season, Krieg completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,629 yards and 14 touchdowns against only three interceptions.

For his career, Krieg completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 38,147 yards and 261 touchdowns.  He also carried the ball 417 times for 1,261 yards and 13 scores.

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