The Info List - Kelly Stouffer

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Kelly Wayne Stouffer, (born July 6, 1964), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL.[1] He spent most of his career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1988–1992.[2] He graduated from Rushville High School in Rushville, Nebraska and attended Colorado State University. He is a television color analyst for college football games on ESPN/ABC, and was formerly with the NFL on FOX, Versus, MountainWest Sports Network and Minnesota Vikings pre-season games. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, he achieved notoriety when, after being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft, he sat out what would have been his rookie year due to an inability to agree on a contract. The following season, the Cardinals traded his rights to the Seattle Seahawks, who listed Stouffer as third-string behind starter Dave Krieg and veteran backup Jeff Kemp. Krieg would be sidelined with a separated shoulder, and the following week Kemp was ineffective starting in place of Krieg and was benched in favor of Stouffer by halftime. Stouffer endeared himself to Seattle fans in one play where, after having his nose broken, he threw for a long gain resulting in a touchdown. For several weeks, Stouffer filled in until Krieg returned to the lineup. Stouffer seemed to regress in the eyes of Seahawk coaches over the next couple of years, and fell back to third string behind Kemp. Once Seahawk head coach Chuck Knox was replaced by Tom Flores and Dave Krieg was let go, Stouffer won the starting job, beating out Dan McGwire and Stan Gelbaugh. Stouffer was injured in week 5, and the Seahawks started the season 1-4. After McGwire was quickly injured, journeyman Gelbaugh became the starter, yielding the job to Stouffer once Stouffer recovered. Stouffer, who seemed to have been showing a return to his rookie form just before his injury, was never the same, however, and Gelbaugh quickly became the established starter. The following season, Stouffer was released. Stouffer was signed by the Miami Dolphins to a free agent contract in April 1994 but was released prior to the regular season. Two years later, Stouffer was signed by the Carolina Panthers to a free agent contract in March 1996 but was released prior to the regular season. In 2000, Stouffer finished his B.S. degree in biology from the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences and became the first undergraduate to earn that degree via the college's distance learning program.[3] References[edit]

^ "Kelly Stouffer". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010.  ^ "Kelly Stouffer". NFL.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010.  ^ "Former Colorado State Quarterback is First Undergrad to Earn College of Agricultural Sciences Distance Education Degree". Colorado State University. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 

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Colorado State Rams starting quarterbacks

Don Burroughs (1951–1952) Bob Rollins (1953) Gary Glick (1954) Jerry Callahan (1955–1956) Louie Long (1957) Fred Glick (1958) Bill Wade (1959) Jon Crider (1960) Leroy Guiterrez (1961) John Christensen (1962–1963) Eddie Belt (1964) Bob Wolfe (1965–1966) Gerry Montiel (1967–1968) Chip Maxwell (1969) Wayne Smith (1970) Scott Simmons (1971) Pat Juliana (1972) Jan Stuebbe (1973) Mark Driscoll (1974–1975) Don Graham (1976–1977) Keith Lee (1978–1979) Steve Fairchild (1978, 1980) Tom Thenell (1981) Terry Nugent (1982–1983) Kelly Stouffer (1984–1986) Scooter Molander (1987–1988) Mark Gimenez (1989) Kevin Verdugo (1990–1991) Anthoney Hill (1992–1994) Moses Moreno (1995–1997) Ryan Eslinger (1998) Matt Newton (1999–2000) Bradlee Van Pelt (2001–2003) Justin Holland (2004–2005) Caleb Hanie (2006–2007) Billy Farris (2008) Grant Stucker (2009) Pete Thomas (2010–2011) Garrett Grayson (2011–2014) Conner Smith (2012) Nick Stevens (2015–2017) Colin Hill (2016)

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Seattle Seahawks starting quarterbacks

Jim Zorn (1976–1983) Steve Myer (1977) Dave Krieg (1981–1991) Gale Gilbert (1986) Bruce Mathison (1987) Jeff Kemp (1987–1988, 1991) Kelly Stouffer (1988–1989, 1991–1992) Stan Gelbaugh (1992, 1996) Dan McGwire (1991–1992, 1994) Rick Mirer (1993–1996) John Friesz (1995–1998) Warren Moon (1997–1998) Jon Kitna (1997–2000) Glenn Foley (1999) Brock Huard (2000) Matt Hasselbeck (2001–2010) Trent Dilfer (2001–2002, 2004) Seneca Wallace (2006, 2008–2009) Charlie Frye (2008) Charlie Whitehurst (2010–2011) Tarvaris Jackson (2011) Russell Wilson (2012–present)

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1987 NFL draft first-round selections

Vinny Testaverde Cornelius Bennett Alonzo Highsmith Brent Fullwood Mike Junkin Kelly Stouffer Reggie Rogers Shane Conlan Jerome Brown Rod Woodson Shawn Knight Danny Noonan Chris Miller D. J. Dozier John Clay John Bosa Jason Buck Tony Woods Paul Palmer Haywood Jeffires Roger Vick Harris Barton Bruce Armstrong Rod Bernstine Terrence Flagler Jim Harbaugh Ricky Nattiel Mark Ingram

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St. Louis Cardinals 1987 NFL draft selections

Kelly Stouffer Tim McDonald Robert Awalt Colin Scotts Rod Saddler George Swarn John Bruno Ilia Jarostchuk Mark Garalczyk Tim Peoples William Harris Steve Alvord Wayne Davis Charles Wright Todd Peat

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Chicago / St. Louis / Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals first-round draft picks

Lawrence Buivid Robbins Aldrich Cafego Kimbrough Lach Dobbs Harder Trippi Jones Coulter Spavital Fischer Groom Matson Olszewski McHan Boydston Childress Tubbs Hill Crow Stacy Izo Rice Echols Goode Stovall Brumm Kortas Namath McAdams Williams Lane Wehrli Stegent Thompson Moore Butz Cain Gray Dawson Pisarkiewicz Little Greene Anderson Greer Junior Sharpe Smith Duncan Nunn Bell Stouffer Harvey Hill Wolf Swann Hearst Dye Miller Rice Knight Wadsworth Boston Shelton Jones Davis Bryant Johnson Pace Fitzgerald Rolle Leinart Brown Rodgers-Cromartie Wells Williams Peterson Floyd Cooper Bucannon Humphries