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[dead to rights]Seahawks Flashback: ‘Mudbone’ shakes off sack on final play to lead Seattle past Kansas City

2021-10-07

  Maybe it was the heat … Maybe it was seeing a Ring of Honor member’s image grace the FieldGulls “Pre-Snap Reads” article last Friday … Maybe it was a little both of both. Whatever the reason, I found myself feeling nostalgic and decided to revisit some memorable performances from what has to be one of the most improbable careers in NFL history.

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  Dave Krieg, affectionately known as “Mudbone” …

  I’ll be honest – I do not have the words to fully or properly articulate what that man meant to me growing up.

  I was 10 when Seattle signed him – as “a favor” to his college coach. I remember reading an article about how flying to Seattle was the first time he had ever been on a plane – and wondering what that must have been like.

  Dave Krieg was under center the first time I saw a Seahawks game in person.

  Some of my best friendships were created during “spirited discussions” between teenage boys about how good #17 was (or wasn’t – depending on your view).

  Krieg was the first professional athlete I ever met face-to-face. He sat next to me at restaurant a couple days after I had broken up with my first girlfriend. (No, we didn’t talk about that.)

  I have nothing but positive memories and kind words when it comes to the man.

  But that’s not what today’s article is about.

  Today’s article is about grit … about overcoming adversity … about staring your demons square in the eye and finding a way to prevail.

  Today’s article is about THIS GAME.

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  Click the link!

  Watch the video – it’s a little under 13 minutes long.

  Come back when you’re done.

  We’ll wait.

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  Derrick Thomas sacked Dave Krieg an NFL-record seven times in that game.

  Kansas City put him on his ass a total of nine times.

  Krieg – and the team in general – struggled throughout the game.

  Seattle put the ball on the ground four times. Kansas City picked it up twice. Once in the end zone, staking them to a 16-10 lead.

  For what seemed like an eternity, that 16-10 lead looked like it would be the final score.

  It almost was.

  Seattle finally got a break, getting the ball back with about a minute left … 68 yards from the end zone and without any timeouts left.

  Krieg …

  Dude just epitomizes “grit.”

  Watch the final drive. Watch the final play.

  Derrick Thomas had Krieg dead to rights – arms around his waist, 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage …

  Somehow Krieg escapes.

  Then he composes himself and fires a pass into the end zone to Paul Skansi.

  It was one of the most beautiful passes I had ever seen – and, to this day, it remains one of the most magical moments I have ever witnessed.

  Finding and re-watching the highlights from that game was definitely a nice way to forget about the heat for a little while.

  Thought I’d share.