Tarvaris Jackson

Tarvaris D. Jackson (born April 21, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackson played college football at Arkansas and Alabama State, and in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Buffalo Bills.

The Vikings selected Jackson in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and Jackson played for the Vikings from 2006 to 2010. A reserve quarterback for much of his time with the Vikings, Jackson was starting quarterback for the 2007 season and part of the 2008 season, after which Jackson started the Vikings' Wild Card playoff game. In 2011, Jackson signed with the Seahawks and was starting quarterback for the 2011 season. Jackson was then traded to the Bills before the 2012 NFL season but never played a game. Jackson returned to the Seahawks in 2013. He was the backup quarterback for Russell Wilson during Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos.

Tarvaris Jackson
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Jackson at the Seahawks' post-
Super Bowl XLVIII parade in 2014.
No. 7
Personal information
Born:April 21, 1983 (age 36)
Montgomery, Alabama
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Montgomery (AL) Lanier
College:Alabama State
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:7,263
Completion %:59.6
QB Rating:78.5
Rushing yards:636
Rushing TDs:6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life and college career

Jackson was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School of Montgomery in 2001. Jackson then enrolled at the University of Arkansas and played three games for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team as a freshman but suffered a season-ending injury. Consequently, Jackson received a medical redshirt for the season.[1] Jackson finished 2001 with 3 of 9 passes completed for 53 yards and 1 interception and rushed 14 yards on 7 carries. In 2002, Jackson played 8 games. He completed 14 of 39 passes for 143 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions and rushed -16 yards in 14 carries.[2]

In 2003, after trailing on the depth chart to future first round draft pick Matt Jones, Jackson transferred to Alabama State University and led the Hornets to an 8-5 record, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Eastern Division title, and berth in the SWAC Championship Game.[1] He completed 160 of 316 passes for 2,342 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions and rushed 444 yards on 91 carries including 5 touchdowns.[3] As a junior in 2004, Jackson won SWAC Championship MVP in Alabama State's second 10-win season in school history.[1] With 11 starts in 12 games, Jackson passed for 2,556 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. He had 67 carries for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns.[4] In his senior season in 2005, Jackson was named team captain and was a second-team All-SWAC selection. He threw for 2,655 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. He rushed for 271 yards and 2 touchdowns on 95 carries.[4]

College statistics

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2001 ARK 3 9 33.3 53 5.9 0 1 7 14 2.0 0
2002 ARK 14 39 35.9 143 3.7 1 2 14 -16 -1.1 0
2003 ASU 135 261 51.7 1,984 7.6 18 9 92 454 4.9 5
2004 ASU 183 350 52.3 2,562 7.3 20 9 67 215 3.2 3
2005 ASU 181 296 61.1 2,655 9.0 25 5 95 271 2.9 3
Total 516 955 54 7,397 6.69 64 26 275 938 3.14 11

Professional career

2006 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
226 lb
(103 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.69 s 1.63 s 2.78 s 4.10 s 7.41 s 31 12 in
(0.80 m)
8 ft 11 in
(2.72 m)
22 reps 19
All values were taken at the NFL Scouting Combine,[5] except bench press, arm span, hand span, and Wonderlic that were taken at Alabama State Pro Day;[3] see also NFL prospect profile at the Wayback Machine (archived May 19, 2006).

Vikings scouts and personnel had reportedly been watching him closely in secret over his senior season, particularly liking his performance in the East-West Shrine Game. They were also impressed by his workout at the scouting combine (among the top 5 quarterbacks in ball speed and the 40-yard dash). Several NFL teams, including the Vikings, had arranged secret workouts with him too. Jackson was selected with the last pick in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, while he was projected to go much later, in the sixth or seventh round.[5] The Vikings traded two 3rd round picks to get the 2nd round pick with which they drafted Jackson, fearing he might get picked sooner than anticipated. Jackson's early selection caused some surprise, as he was the 5th quarterback taken and the 1st Division I-AA player selected (the previous I-AA quarterback drafted was Spergon Wynn in 2000). He was also the first quarterback from Alabama State to be drafted into the NFL since Ricky Jones in 1992. Even Jackson was surprised by the pick, saying, "I was more focused on [getting drafted in] the third round and even that was stretching it".[6] Most pre-draft publications did not even have him listed as one of the top 10 eligible quarterbacks, while he was the 5th selected. On July 26, 2006, Jackson signed a four-year deal with Minnesota, including a $1 million signing bonus.[7]

Vikings coach Brad Childress was quoted days before the draft as saying he was interested in finding a "developmental guy", a "diamond in the rough" quarterback of the future, raw talent he could teach a system.[8] Both new coach Childress and Vikings former quarterback Brad Johnson had had success developing quarterbacks in the past, including A. J. Feeley and Donovan McNabb.

The day after the draft, Childress was quoted by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as saying: "I think you judge quarterbacks a little bit differently...When you see what you want at the quarterback position, you need to go get it. And that's exactly what I see with Tarvaris Jackson is a guy that's a piece of clay, that has all the skills in terms of, No. 1, what's he look like throwing the football?...He's got a great throwing motion; he's athletic. He has all those things that we're looking for, and he's wired right. That's important for a quarterback. I think he's a flatline guy. I think he's a sponge. You're talking about a guy that never had a coach there as a quarterback coach. So what can he do with coaching?"[9] Jackson's agent, Joel Segal, said: "After the draft, there were two clubs that expressed disappointment and were mad they didn't get him. They were planning to take (Jackson) very high in the third round, and were lamenting the fact that the Vikings beat them".

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40y 20ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
226 lb* 4.75s*[10] 4.38s* 7.40s* 31​12"* 22*[11] 19 [12]

(* represents NFL Combine)

Minnesota Vikings

2006 season

Jackson's 2006 pre-season passer rating was 106.1, 15th in the league out of 110 quarterbacks who performed. Only one quarterback from his draft class (Jay Cutler) did better. He also showed great scrambling skills averaging 11.3 yards in rushing (the only Viking other than Brad Johnson to average more than 3.3 yards in rushing). ESPN analyst Mike Tirico referred to Jackson as a right-handed Michael Vick. His pre-season performance was enough to surpass 2nd and 3rd string QBs Mike McMahon and J. T. O'Sullivan on the depth chart. After the pre-season, McMahon and O'Sullivan were cut from the team and Brooks Bollinger was brought in, whom Jackson then competed against for the number two spot.

On September 25, 2006, Jackson had minor knee surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee. He returned to limited practice after two weeks, and then came back to play his first NFL game with the Vikings in week 13 against the Chicago Bears[13] in the fourth quarter after Johnson was benched for throwing four interceptions and backup quarterback Brooks Bollinger was injured. Jackson completed three of his four passes before fumbling the ball to Chicago and the Bears then ran the clock out. Following this game when Jackson was asked if he was ready to take over as starter he said "Not really...We still have a chance to make the playoffs, so we're still trying to do that. So it's obvious that Brad is still our quarterback so we can stay on that."[14]

Two weeks later in week 15, Johnson started the game but was benched in the fourth quarter when the Vikings had been underperforming the entire game losing by a score of 26-7 at the time Jackson went in late in the third quarter against the New York Jets. Although Johnson had not thrown an interception that game and had a respectable passer rating of 94.2 in the game, the Minnesota fans jeered Johnson throughout the game and chanted "We want Jackson!" at numerous points because Johnson had only thrown 9 touchdowns all season (in 14 games) and had a career worst 71.9 passer rating throughout the season. Jackson received a standing ovation as he trotted out onto the field. A landmark in Jackson's career happened that game when Jackson completed his first touchdown pass to Mewelde Moore. Jackson threw 177 yards, a TD, and ran three times for 20 yards while the Jets protected their large lead. He also threw an interception in the red zone.

Jackson was named the starting quarterback for Minnesota towards the end of his rookie season. Jackson's first game was a week 16 night game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Game conditions were very poor. A steady rain fell throughout the evening and the kickoff temperature was only 36 degrees Fahrenheit. The Vikings lost by a score of 9-7 with the only Vikings score coming from an interception for a touchdown by defensive back Fred Smoot. The offense set a franchise low record of only three first downs the whole game, did not get close enough to the end zone to even attempt a field goal, and only had 27 passing yards gained against the NFL's 19th ranked defense (ranked 26th against the pass). Jackson had a passer rating of 36.5, had a 50% completion rate (10-20 for 50 yards), 1 interception, and a fumble. Packers quarterback Brett Favre only managed a slightly better 52% completion rate (26-50) and threw 2 interceptions. He did throw for 285 yards, though, but could not find the end zone either. Despite the performance's lack of "merit" (according to Childress), number 7 out of Alabama State remained the starter for the rest of the regular season.

2007 season

Jackson did not live up to the Vikings' expectations in 2007 despite finishing 8-4 as a starter. Jackson had 9 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, along with a 159 yards per game, causing the Vikings to have the second-worst passing offense in the NFL. His 70.8 passer rating was 28th among NFL quarterbacks. Jackson missed three games because of injuries, which included a strained groin, a concussion and a fractured index finger. The Vikings failed to make the playoffs. Analysts put the Vikings' 8-8 record on the successful running of Chester Taylor and rookie Adrian Peterson, which took the pressure off of Jackson and the defense.

Later in the season, opponents decided to focus all their defensive efforts on stopping Peterson and the Vikings running game, while daring Jackson to beat them in the passing game. The Washington Redskins successfully utilized five defensive lineman or four linebackers against the Vikings, leaving only two or three defensive backs in pass coverage.[15][16] And the 49ers blitzed their cornerbacks 20 percent of the time instead of covering receivers with them.[17][18] On the season's last game against the Broncos, Jackson led the Vikings to two fourth quarter drives to tie the game and send it into overtime. In overtime, however, Jackson fumbled on the second play and the Vikings lost the game. Jackson showed slow improvement over the season: he played a large role when the Vikings went on a five-game winning streak in November, but also showed his inexperience in several ill-judged interceptions, jump passes, and turnovers. After the season, Childress would not say if Tarvaris Jackson would be the starter in 2008, explaining that he wanted to "evaluate the total body of work" first.[19]

2008 season

There was a lot of media coverage on Jackson the summer of 2008. The Vikings returned seven players that were in the 2008 Pro Bowl (only three teams had more), and spent $60 million in guaranteed contract money upgrading their team with Jared Allen, traded from the Kansas City Chiefs, and free agents Bernard Berrian and Madieu Williams. Several analysts believed better quarterback play was all that was needed to make the Vikings one of the top contending teams in the NFL, and with the Green Bay Packers losing Brett Favre the NFC North Division was up for grabs. Sport's Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman predicted the Vikings would win the Super Bowl.[20]

Head coach Brian Childress decided to stay with Jackson as the starting QB and brought in Gus Frerotte to be his backup. It was widely reported in the off-season that Jackson had a new swagger, handled situations in practice well where he looked lost in the previous years, and had an improved grasp of the Vikings offensive system.[21] Childress threw a "Coaching 101" clinic for media reporters in which he played a tape of Jackson showing the progress he made in 2007 through a series of missed passes or poor decisions that he made in early games but executed properly in later contests and concluded with some tape of him hitting a target net with every 15-yard pass he threw during an offseason drill.[22] Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell repeatedly told the press that although it was Jackson's third year with the Vikings it was really his second year playing, and NFL quarterbacks improve the most between their first and second years.[23] Jackson had another good preseason, until he injured his knee again in the second preseason game which kept him from playing the last two preseason games.

In the first game of the regular season Jackson threw a game-ending interception and in the second game the Vikings made five field goal attempts and no touchdowns. The Vikings lost both games by close margins, and Jackson's 64.8 passer rating ranked him 26th in the NFL. Childress said in the second post-game press conference that Jackson would still definitely be the starter next week, but on Monday after a coaches' meeting he changed his mind and benched Jackson for the remainder of the year.[24]

20090104 Chester Taylor
Jackson (7) with the Vikings.

After being relegated to backup after an 18-15 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2, Jackson saw his next significant action in Week 14 against Detroit, where he played the entire second half in place of an injured Gus Frerotte. With the Vikings trailing 6-3 at halftime to the winless Lions, Jackson completed eight of ten passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, an 11-yard strike to TE Visanthe Shiancoe that would be the game-winning score for the Vikings.[25] The following week, with Frerotte still injured, Jackson was the starting quarterback against the Arizona Cardinals and he played arguably the best game of his career. Jackson completed 11 of 17 passes for 163 yards and, most impressively, threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Jackson earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance as well as the FedEx Air Player of the Week award.

The Vikings lost 24-17 to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16 despite Jackson's performance. He completed 22 of 36 passes for 233 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 76 yards (which matched the total of Pro-Bowl running back Adrian Peterson). With the Vikings in a win-and-in situation against the New York Giants in Week 17, Jackson overcame an interception in the end zone by leading the Vikings on a touchdown drive (a 54-yard strike to Bernard Berrian) and the game-winning field goal drive on the following possessions. The Vikings defeated the New York Giants 20-19 and earned the NFC North title. [26]

The Vikings season ended in the Wild Card Playoff round with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson went 15-for-35 for 164 yards in the game with one interception.

2009 season

Jackson went into the 2009 season in competition for a starting job with Sage Rosenfels, who the Vikings had acquired from the Houston Texans. The Vikings also pursued former New York Jets and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who had retired after the end of the 2008 season. Favre announced that he would not join the Vikings prior to training camp, however, and Jackson and Rosenfels split duties in the early part of camp.[27] Jackson was the second quarterback to play in the opening preseason game, and was expected to start the second preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.[28]

That changed, however, when Favre announced that he would play for the Vikings after all, signing with the team on August 19.[29] Jackson, Rosenfels, and 2008 third-stringer John David Booty were believed to be competing for two roster spots, and for the primary backup job. Many observers believed the Vikings would attempt to trade Jackson.[30]

Jackson helped his case with a strong performance in Favre's debut game, throwing for 202 yards and two touchdowns in backup work.[31] Ultimately, the Vikings elected to keep Jackson and Rosenfels on the active roster, with Jackson as the primary backup to Favre.[32]

Jackson entered the Vikings' first two games of the season in garbage time.[33][34] He also was used as a decoy in punt coverage during week two.

2010 season

The Vikings re-signed Jackson on Monday, April 19 as they waited for Favre to decide whether he would return for another season, which he did. Jackson was a restricted free agent who was given a one-year tender worth $1.176 million. Jackson backed up Favre for the 2010 season.

Jackson took over for an injured Favre in Week 8 against the New England Patriots. Jackson threw for one touchdown in the loss. Jackson took over for an injured Favre yet again in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills. Jackson threw two touchdown passes to Sidney Rice in the 38-14 win, but also threw three interceptions.

Jackson started On December 13, against the New York Giants in place of the injured Favre. In that game Jackson suffered a turf toe injury and missed the rest of the season.

On March 3, 2011, the Vikings declined to tender Jackson a contract offer to play for them in the 2011 season. Under league rules, Jackson became an unrestricted free agent.

Seattle Seahawks

Jackson officially signed a two-year contract with Seattle Seahawks on July 29, 2011[35] and was announced as the starting quarterback shortly after.[36] In Seattle, he had been reunited with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and wide receiver Sidney Rice both members of the Vikings during his time there. Along with wide receiver Mike Williams, Jackson was appointed to offensive team captain, which was previously owned by Matt Hasselbeck, who signed with the Tennessee Titans. Despite having a below-average year compared to other quarterbacks in the league, Jackson had the best year of his career, finishing with 3,091 yards passing, throwing 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. During the off-season, the Seahawks acquired former Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn and drafted Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson to compete with Jackson for the 2012 starting quarterback position.

Buffalo Bills

Tarvaris Jackson 2013
Jackson in 2013.

On August 26, 2012, Jackson was traded to the Buffalo Bills for a conditional seventh round draft pick.[37] The third-string quarterback for the season, Jackson did not see any game action in 2012.[1][38]

On February 15, 2013, the Bills re-signed Jackson to a one-year, $2.25 million deal.[39][40] He was released on June 10, 2013.[41] ESPN reported on June 12 that Jackson was likely to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks for the 2013 season.[38]

Seattle Seahawks (second stint)

On June 13, 2013, Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.[42] Jackson competed with Brady Quinn for the backup quarterback spot behind starter Russell Wilson. To coincide with the signing of Jackson, the Seattle Seahawks released quarterback Jerrod Johnson. The Seahawks released quarterback Brady Quinn and made Jackson the official backup quarterback to Wilson. Jackson appeared in 3 games of the 2013 regular season producing 151 passing yards and a touchdown. During Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos, Jackson came in relief of Russell Wilson during the 4th quarter, marking the first time in 13 years any backup quarterback has played in a Super Bowl. The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in franchise history as they defeated the Broncos 43–8. Following the season, Jackson signed a 1-year deal to stay with the Seahawks. The Seahawks made it to Super Bowl XLIX, but failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions as they fell to the New England Patriots by a score of 28–24.

Following the 2015 season, Jackson became an unrestricted free agent and has not signed with any NFL team.

Personal life

Arrest in alleged domestic violence incident

On June 24, 2016, Jackson was arrested in Kissimmee, Florida. In July 2016, Jackson said he did not have money to pay for an attorney and requested a public defender. On August 3, 2016, the Florida Assistant State Attorney dropped the case.[43]

Career statistics

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A Y/G TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck YdsL Fum Lost
2006 MIN 4 2 47 81 58.1 475 5.9 118.8 2 4 62.5 15 77 5.1 1 8 37 4 1
2007 MIN 12 12 171 294 58.2 1,911 6.5 159.3 9 12 70.8 54 260 4.8 3 19 70 5 3
2008 MIN 9 5 88 149 59.1 1,056 7.1 117.3 9 2 95.4 26 145 5.6 0 14 97 5 3
2009 MIN 8 0 14 21 66.7 201 9.6 25.1 1 0 113.4 17 -10 -0.6 0 0 0 0 0
2010 MIN 2 1 34 58 58.6 341 5.9 113.7 3 4 63.9 7 63 9.0 0 6 43 1 0
2011 SEA 16 15 271 450 60.2 3,091 6.9 206.1 14 13 79.2 40 108 2.7 1 42 293 9 5
2012 BUF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 SEA 3 0 10 13 76.9 151 11.6 50.3 1 0 140.2 4 1 0.3 1 6 0 0 0
2014 SEA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 SEA 4 0 4 6 66.7 37 6.2 9.3 0 0 83.3 8 -8 -1.0 0 1 6 0 0
Total 59 34 1,073 640 59.6 7,263 6.8 133.8 39 35 78.5 171 638 3.7 6 90 546 24 12


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Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL draft. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record, with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).Before the AFL–NFL merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues would hold a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "common draft" simply became the NFL draft.

List of Minnesota Vikings starting quarterbacks

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). A franchise was granted to Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter in 1959 as a member of the American Football League (AFL). The ownership forfeited their AFL membership in January 1960 and received the National Football League's 14th franchise on January 28, 1960 that started play in 1961.The Vikings have had 36 starting quarterbacks in the history of their franchise; they have never had more than three starting quarterbacks in one season. The Vikings' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Fran Tarkenton, Brett Favre and Warren Moon. The team's first starting quarterback was George Shaw; he was replaced by Tarkenton in the franchise's first game, and the future Hall of Famer retained the starting role for most of the remainder of the season. As of the 2018 season, Minnesota's starting quarterback is Kirk Cousins.

List of Seattle Seahawks starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Seahawks.

Matt Hasselbeck

Matthew Michael Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975) is a former American football quarterback and current analyst for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. He played college football at Boston College and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. After a season on the practice squad and two seasons backing up Brett Favre, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. Hasselbeck led Seattle to six playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2005 season. He was selected to three Pro Bowls in his career. Hasselbeck also played for the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts.

Reggie Barlow

Reggie Devon Barlow (born January 22, 1973) is an American football coach and former player. He is head football coach at Virginia State University. Barlow served as the head football coach at Alabama State University from 2007 to 2014. He is a former professional wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He played eight years in the league, five for the Jacksonville Jaguars and two for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and spent one year with the Oakland Raiders. He was used as a secondary wide receiver and punt returner. In 1997, he led the NFL in punt return yards with 555 yards on 43 returns.

Ron Vander Kelen

Ronald Vander Kelen (November 6, 1939 – August 14, 2016) was an American football quarterback. He played at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is best known for his MVP performance in the 1963 Rose Bowl, where he broke several Rose Bowl records, some of which still stand. In that game, he orchestrated a legendary fourth quarter comeback attempt against the USC Trojans in the first #1 (USC) versus #2 (Wisconsin) bowl game in college football history. Vander Kelen was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.

Steve Dils

Stephen Whitfield "Steve" Dils (born December 8, 1955 in Seattle, Washington) is an American retired football quarterback who played 10 seasons in the National Football League.

Steve Myer

Steve Paul Myer (born July 17, 1954) is a former professional American football player who played in 4 NFL seasons from 1976-1979 for the Seattle Seahawks.

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