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Kelly Stouffer
No. 11     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-07-06) July 6, 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Career information
College: Colorado State
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1988 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 1992 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Seattle Seahawks (1988–92)

Carolina Panthers* (1996)

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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Kelly Wayne Stouffer (born July 6, 1964 in Chadron, Nebraska) 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 currently serves as a television color analyst for Minnesota Vikings pre-season games, as well as college football games for Versus and ESPN Plus.

At the conclusion of his collegiate career, he achieved notoriety when, after being selected by the Phoenix 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 lost every game he started before being injured and being unable to play for several weeks. 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. Both of Seattle's victories in the 1992 season came with Gelbaugh on the field. The following season, Stouffer was released.

Stouffer was signed by the Carolina Panthers to a free agent contract in May 1996 but lasted less than one season.

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