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Zorn recalls Seahawks'
first home, but doesn't miss it
Thursday, September 12, 2002
A sellout crowd of 60,825 pro football-starved fans
greeted Zorn and Co. in
"I was a rookie, and it was absolutely
incredible," Zorn said of that experience, as the Seahawks lost to the
then-St. Louis Cardinals 30-24 on Sept. 12, 1976.
Zorn said the feeling of pressure opening the new
stadium was quickly lost in the opening, deafening roar of the crowd -- a wave
of sound that would go on to make the Kingdome one of the loudest venues in
sports for opposing teams (the Hawks ultimately retired jersey No. 12 in honor
of their boisterous fans).
Led by Zorn, the Seahawks fell behind early but
mounted a 21-point, second-half comeback. Zorn threw two touchdowns to Sam
McCullum and ran for another.
The importance of the inaugural game in a new
stadium was somewhat lost amid all the emotion of his first starting experience
in the NFL.
"What an experience it was, with new uniforms,
a new team, and what a unique facility that was," Zorn said. "And I
was the starter, throwing the first touchdown pass."
That's not to say he shed tears when the Kingdome
was imploded to make way for the $430 million Seahawks stadium project.
"It's not something where I look back and say,
'I wish we had the Kingdome again,' " Zorn said.
In cities around the NFL with newer stadiums, such
"When I went to those stadiums, I thought we
needed to do something with the Kingdome," Zorn said. "I felt they
weren't just boxes of concrete."
Even if he will always have a soft spot in his
heart for that opening day 26 years in the past, when the Kingdome opened its
doors to a rookie QB from little Cal Poly in Pomona, Calif., Zorn is just as
excited to be a part of the new stadium and the team playing there.
"It's really for the fans," he said.
"The fans can come in and really enjoy the day. They don't have to get in
and get out, like they felt in the Kingdome. This stadium just outdoes that
stadium so much, and I think it's a good thing."
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