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Like Father, Like Son: Zordich Family Searching for Jobs

Searching for an NFL job runs in the Zordich family right now.

On one end of the spectrum is the fullback who just completed his fourth and final season at Penn State. There is also Michael Zordich Sr. the fullback’s father who played on the Nittany Lions’ 1986 National Championship team as a senior and spent more than 15 years in the NFL, 12 as a defensive back for three different franchises and the past three as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, most recently serving as the safeties coach during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

As the younger Zordich hopes to be drafted or land with a team this summer, his father is also looking to get back into coaching after not being retained under new Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly’s staff.

“We joke about it. It’s a funny position to be in. There’s interest out there, and we’re hoping to make the best of it,” said the younger Zordich at Pro Day. “He’s on the phone making calls.”

It is tough to evaluate Zordich’s draft stock given his position. Some teams utilize fullbacks while others often ignore it. Zordich, back in State College after training down south and playing in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Texas, is banking on his versatility and ability as a ball-carrier and special teams player to earn him an opportunity.

“I don’t know when I’ll get drafted or if I’ll get drafted,” Zordich said. “I just want to get a helmet for camp and show that team what I have.”

Despite years of wisdom, Zordich said that his father has provided general advice. “It’s a job interview, but you’ve been doing it your whole life, just be yourself.”

As for the slim chance that the two end up together, “That’d be awesome, said Zordich. “I wouldn’t mind playing for Pop.”

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Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.


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