When Jim Zorn was the Seahawks' starting quarterback from 1976 to 83, he was consumed by football. But since Oct. 28, 1983, when he was replaced by Dave Krieg, Zorn has had more free time. Oftentimes he'll pedal his mountain bike—Zorn and a friend are currently marketing a model called The Raven—on paths near his Mercer Island, Wash. home. One day a few weeks ago, he donned a diver's dry suit and went windsurfing on Lake Washington in 30 mph winds. He also learned to skin a coyote. But his most rewarding activity is building miniature wooden ships. In his basement workroom Zorn recently finished his first, a cross-section model of the H.M.S. Victory, Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar. He had visited the ship in Portsmouth, England last March. Working with tweezers and tiny clamps, Zorn spent 120 hours on that project.
"I have a short temper, and I get irritated at little things," says Zorn, whose next endeavor will be the schooner America, of America's Cup fame. "Working with the ships has taught me patience—something I've never had much of. It has been therapeutic. I haven't felt a part of the Seahawks' wins. When running back Curt Warner got hurt, he went through what I did—learning the team goes on without you. You can't believe that. I've tried not to pout. I tell myself to wait my turn. I'm always ready—because you never know."