Seahawks April Fooled: 5 biggest busts in Seattle draft history
By Lee Vowell
2. Dan McGwire, 1991
Dan McGwire was chosen 16th overall in 1991 because the Seahawks owner wanted him, not the coach. Seattle’s owner at the time, Ken Behring, insisted Seattle take the 6’*’ McGwire and make him the franchise quarterback. Seattle’s coach Chuck Knox wanted to select someone else. That someone else was Brett Favre who ended up going to the Green Bay Packers.
Even in 1991 when the NFL still wanted only big quarterbacks with strong arms and nothing else, McGwire was a reach. Teams were not sure a quarterback McGwire’s size could succeed. And those doubts proved to be correct.
McGwire played 5 years in the NFL. The word played should probably be in quotation marks. McGwire was involved in a total of 13 games, 12 with the Seahawks, and started 5, all with Seattle. His best season, if one should even use the word “best,” was in 1994 with Seattle when he started 3 three games, played in 7, threw for 1 touchdown pass, 2 interceptions, completed 48.6 percent of his passes and finished with a quarterback rating of just 60.7.
In the meantime, Favre went on to the throw for 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns. Most of that should have been with the Seahawks. If Chuck Knox had had his way, Favre would have made the Hall of Fame as a Seahawk.