Mike Zordich

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Mike Zordich
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-10-12) October 12, 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Youngstown (OH) Chaney
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 9 / Pick: 235
Debuted in 1987 for the New York Jets
Last played in 1998 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Coaching debut in 2009 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Michael Edward Zordich (born October 12, 1963) is a former professional American football player. He was a 1985 All-American safety at Penn State University, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.[1] He played 12 seasons as a cornerback and safety in the National Football League and served as the safeties coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and 2012.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

Zordich was a four-year letterman at Penn State where he was a stalwart at "hero". He finished his career with 201 tackles. He earned a Bachelor of Science in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management from Penn State in 1986.

NFL[edit]

The 6' 1", 212 lb. Zordich was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the ninth round (#235 overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft.[4] He was released by the Chargers at the end of pre-season, and signed with the New York Jets.[5] He played 10 of 16 games during his first season in 1987, primarily on special teams. He was signed by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1989.[6] He played for the Cardinals for five years, then moved on to the Eagles in 1994,[7] where he replaced Andre Waters as the starting strong-side safety. He played out his career in Philadelphia to the end of the 1998 season for a total of 5 years, where he missed only 1 game.[8] In 1999, he was replaced by Tim Hauck.[9]

In each of his first seasons with the Jets, Cardinals, and Eagles, Zordich ran an interception back for a touchdown.

He played a total of 185 games in 12 NFL seasons,[10] made 20 interceptions, and scored four touchdowns, his last a 58-yard fumble recovery touchdown in 1995.[11]

Personal[edit]

Zordich lives in Canfield, Ohio with his wife Cynthia, a well-known photographer, and their three children. His son Michael played running back for the Nittany Lions [12] and another son, Alex, plays quarterback for the University at Buffalo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.). "Two repeat as writers' selections". November 27, 1985, p. C2. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Adkins, Justin. "Eagles promote Zordich to safeties coach, Caldwell to linebackers coach". Philly Sports Central, February 7, 2011. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Scalzo, Joe. "Zordich follows in father's path". The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio), April 26, 2013. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Palmer, Pete; Pullis, Ken; Lahman, Sean; Silverman, Matthew; Gillette, Gary. The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia: First Edition, p. 1428. ESPN Books, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4027-4216-3.
  5. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "In the district". April 10, 1987, p. 18. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Prescott Courier. "Cardinals woo free agents". March 8, 1989, p. 11A. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Daily Courier (Prescott, Ariz.). "Zordich signs with Eagles". June 30, 1994, p. 9A. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Palmer et al., p. 755.
  9. ^ Patton, Steve. "Johnson brings in 'loaded' scheme". Reading Eagle, September 10, 1999, p. D15. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  10. ^ Palmer et al., p. 755.
  11. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "Zordich helps Eagles halt Giants comeback". October 16, 1995, p. 5C. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  12. ^ Bodani, Frank. "Zordich Jr. follows father to Penn State". Evening Sun, June 2, 2007. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.

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