Kelly Stouffer
No. 11
Personal information
Born: (1964-07-06) July 6, 1964 (age 59)
Scottsbluff, Nebraska, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Rushville (Rushville, Nebraska)
College:Colorado State
NFL Draft:1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:2,333
Passer rating:54.5
Player stats at · PFR

Kelly Wayne Stouffer (born July 6, 1964) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Colorado State Rams. Stouffer was selected in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick.[1] He spent most of his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1988 to 1992.[2]

Early years

Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Stouffer graduated from Rushville High School in northwestern Nebraska and played college football at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.[3]

NFL career

At the conclusion of Stouffer's collegiate career, he achieved notoriety when, after being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft, he sat out what would have been his rookie year due to an inability to agree on a contract.[3][4]

The following April, the Cardinals traded Stouffer's rights to the Seattle Seahawks for three draft picks,[5][6][7] who listed Stouffer as third-string behind starter Dave Krieg and veteran backup Jeff Kemp in 1988. Krieg was sidelined in the third game with a separated shoulder,[8] and the following week Kemp was ineffective and was benched in favor of Stouffer by halftime. Stouffer endeared himself to Seattle fans in one play where, after stumbling and having his nose broken when it collided with a teammate's elbow, he threw for a long gain resulting in a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.[9] Stouffer filled in for nearly two months, until Krieg returned to the lineup in mid-November;[10] Seattle won the division (AFC West) with a 9–7 record, but lost in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs to top-seeded Cincinnati.[11][12][13] Stouffer seemed to regress in the eyes of Seahawk coaches over the next couple of years, and fell back to third string, behind Kemp.

Following the 1991 season, head coach Chuck Knox was replaced by Tom Flores and Krieg was let go; Stouffer won the starting job in 1992, ahead of Dan McGwire and Stan Gelbaugh. Stouffer was injured in week 5, as the Seahawks started the season 1–4. 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.

The following season, Stouffer was released; he was signed by the Miami Dolphins to a free agent contract in April 1994 but was released prior to the regular season. Two years later, Stouffer was signed by the Carolina Panthers to a free agent contract in March 1996 but was released prior to the regular season.

After football

In 2000, Stouffer finished his B.S. degree in biology from the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences and became the first undergraduate to earn that degree via the college's distance learning program.[14]

Stouffer is a television color analyst for college football games on ESPN/ABC, and was formerly with the NFL on FOX, Versus, MountainWest Sports Network and Minnesota Vikings pre-season games.


  1. ^ "Kelly Stouffer". Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  2. ^ "Kelly Stouffer". Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Zimmerman, Paul (April 11, 1988). "A lonely road to the NFL". Sports Illustrated. p. 63.
  4. ^ "1987 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-09-24.
  5. ^ Cour, Jim (April 21, 1988). "Easley could go if Hawks sign Stouffer". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. D1.
  6. ^ Cour, Jim (April 23, 1988). "Stouffer signs but Easley stays". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. B1.
  7. ^ "Seattle uses picks in Stouffer trade with Easley "ill"". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 23, 1988. p. 1B.
  8. ^ "Record day spoiled for Largent". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. September 19, 1988. p. C1.
  9. ^ Clayton, John (September 26, 1988). "Hawks' only break is Stouffer's nose". Spokane Chronicle. McClatchy News Service. p. C1.
  10. ^ Cour, Jim (November 14, 1988). "Hawks float to victory behind Krieg". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. p. C1.
  11. ^ Pierson, Don (January 1, 1989). "Seahawks rushed out early". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Chicago Tribune). p. C1.
  12. ^ Wojciechowski, Gene (January 1, 1989). "It's no act – Seahawks fall to Bengals". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). p. 6E.
  13. ^ "Bengals' defense cages Seahawks". Idahonian. (Moscow). Associated Press. January 2, 1989. p. 1B.
  14. ^ "Former Colorado State Quarterback is First Undergrad to Earn College of Agricultural Sciences Distance Education Degree". Colorado State University. Retrieved September 7, 2013.