Dan McGwire
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Personal information
Born: (1967-12-18) December 18, 1967 (age 56)
Pomona, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Claremont (Claremont, California)
College:San Diego State
NFL draft:1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:745
Passer rating:52.3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Daniel Scott McGwire (born December 18, 1967) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the San Diego State Aztecs.

Early life

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McGwire 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 touchdowns 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 touchdowns. He was also a double-figure scorer and rebounder his last two seasons in basketball.

College career

McGwire 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 for 16 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.[1] In 1990, he threw for 3,883 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions and earned first-team all-WAC honors.[1][2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 7+78 in
(2.03 m)
243 lb
(110 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
5.10 s 1.78 s 2.96 s 4.36 s 31.5 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
All values from NFL Combine[3][4]

McGwire was a first-round draft pick (16th overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in 1991 and went on to play for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL), from 1991 to 1995.[5] At six feet and eight inches, McGwire was the tallest quarterback to play in the NFL upon his professional debut.[6] He played four seasons for the 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 three games, in which the team went 1–2, and on the season threw 105 passes, completing 51 of them for 578 yards and one touchdown. The brief playing time did not 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.

McGwire 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 second round.[7][8]

NFL statistics

Year Team GP Comp Att Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int Rtg Fum
1991 SEA 1 3 7 42.9 27 3.86 13 0 1 14.3 0
1992 SEA 2 17 30 56.7 116 3.87 20 0 3 25.8 0
1993 SEA 2 3 5 60.0 24 4.80 17 1 0 111.7 0
1994 SEA 7 51 105 48.6 578 5.51 36 1 2 60.7 5
1995 MIA 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.00 0 0 0 39.6 0
Career 13 74 148 50.0 745 5.03 36 2 6 52.3 5


Personal life

McGwire's older brother is former Major League Baseball player Mark McGwire.[7][10]

From his previous marriage to Dana Orlich, daughter of NFL defensive end Dan Orlich, Dan McGwire has three daughters, two of whom played Division I college basketball.[11][12][13] Oldest daughter Morgan, a six-foot-two forward, played for Santa Clara from 2014 to 2018.[12] Younger daughter Mallory, a six-foot-five center, played at Oregon from 2016 to 2018 before transferring to Boise State, where she has been active since the 2019–20 season.[13]

After retiring from football, McGwire moved to Reno, Nevada, and worked as an insurance agent and lighting company executive.[12][7]


  1. ^ a b "Dan McGwire College Stats".
  2. ^ Miller, Scott (November 21, 1990). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT : WEEKDAY UPDATE : SAN DIEGO STATE : Four Aztecs Named to All-WAC Squad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Dan Mcgwire, Combine Results, QB - San Diego State". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  4. ^ "1991 NFL Combine Results: 40-Yard Dash Times, Bench Press, Vertical Jump, & More". fantasypros.com. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "1991 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-05-07.
  6. ^ Luft, Jacob (April 13, 2001). "From boon to bust". Statitudes. CNNSI.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2001. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Condotta, Bob (April 22, 2016). "Taking Dan McGwire over Brett Favre may be biggest 'What if?' in Seahawks draft history". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Drahold, Byron (April 27, 2017). "Counting down the biggest busts in Seahawks history: No. 1". Seahawks Wire. USA Today. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Dan McGwire Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  10. ^ Polin, Mitch (July 9, 1987). "NOTEBOOK : Quarterback Dan McGwire Just Might Steal Headlines From Brother Mark". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  11. ^ Krajewski, Jim (January 29, 2015). "McGwire magnificent for Huskies". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  12. ^ a b c "Morgan McGwire". SantaClaraBroncos.com. Santa Clara University. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Mallory McGwire". BroncoSports.com. Boise State University. Retrieved March 6, 2020.