Dan McGwire

Dan McGwire
No. 10     
Personal information
Date of birth: December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18) (age 43)
Pomona, California
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Iowa, San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 1991 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 1995 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Stats at NFL.com

Daniel Scott McGwire (born December 18, 1967) is a former American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.


Early life

Dan was born in Pomona, California, and is a former Parade Magazine All-American at Claremont High School in Claremont, California. He made Street & Smith's top 50 list, was named honorable mention all-America by USA Today, completed 203 of 328 passes (61.9 percent) for 3,172 yards and 33 TDs as a senior, punted for a 40-yard average, led his team to California's East Sectional title (includes 550 teams), was named California's 1985 Offensive Player of the Year, made the Cal-Hi Sports first team all-state squad, quarterbacked squad to three-year record of 36-3-1 including 13-1 mark as a senior, passed for 345 and 303 yards in sectional championship games as junior and senior, was named 1985 state MVP, and accumulated three-year varsity totals of 6,559 yards passing and 65 TDs. He was also a double-figure scorer and rebounder his last two seasons in basketball.

College career

He initially enrolled with the University of Iowa where he played for two seasons in limited action before transferring to San Diego State University. In 1989, McGwire passed for 3,651 yards and in 1990 threw for 3,883 yards and 27 touchdowns and was named First-Team All-Conference and earned the title of Offensive Team Captain and won team MVP honors as a Senior.

Professional career

McGwire was a first-round draft pick (16th overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 1991 and went on to play for five seasons in the NFL from 1991 to 1995. He played four seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and one season for the Miami Dolphins. He was a backup to Dave Krieg in his rookie season but was expected to be the quarterback of the future. In his second season he was underwhelming in the pre-season and was named third string quarterback behind Stan Gelbaugh and Kelly Stouffer. In 1993, the Seahawks drafted Rick Mirer out of the University of Notre Dame in the first round, seemingly giving up on McGwire. In 1994 after an injury to Mirer, McGwire got the first (and only) extended playing time of his career. He started 3 games in which the team went 1-2, and on the season threw 105 passes, completing 51 of them for 578 yards and a touchdown. The brief playing time didn't materialize into anything larger however, and that would be his last season for the Seahawks. After spending one season in Miami he was out of football.

He is generally considered a "first round bust," given the fact that he was the first quarterback taken in the 1991 draft that saw Brett Favre go in the 2nd round.

Personal life

At six feet, eight inches, he is the tallest quarterback drafted in the NFL to date.[1] Dan's brother, former St. Louis Cardinals ballplayer Mark McGwire, as well as younger brother Jay McGwire have both admitted to using HGH (Human Growth Hormone) to improve athletic performance. He is currently the president of a vitamin water company in Reno, Nevada.


Preceded by
Dave Krieg
Seattle Seahawks Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Rick Mirer

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