He graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 1988. Following high school he attended Tulane University. After college, Zierlein created "Pigskin Sports" which was a sports analysis company and began to appear on radio stations around the country including in markets such as Houston, Baton Rouge and Miami. Zierlein was also a weekly football expert for the weekend show on Prime Sports Radio. He began his career working at 610 KILT on a weekend show called "Fast Break with Nate" along with his partner Nate Griffin. Shortly thereafter, he joined John Granato in 1997 to create "The Bench" which was the top-rated sports talk show in Houston for the better part of a decade. After a falling out with management along with his co-host John Granato the two created a new station KGOW. In 2008 the morning drive time pair was voted "Best Talk Radio" by the Houston Press.
Zierlein began his role as NFL draft analyst and content provider for NFL.com in November 2015 and continues in that role today. He is responsible for writing the strength and weaknesses for over 500 draft profiles each season and is one of the lead analysts on the NFL Now mobile platform during combine and NFL draft broadcasts.
Zierlein worked at 790 KBME as a morning sports talk radio host from 2011 to 2017.
He has 5 children. They are Drake, Alec, Mason, Sebastian, and Marianna. Sebastian who is nicknamed Snax has appeared in many viral videos and has been mentioned on the radio by Lance.
Z Report Blog: http://blogs.chron.com/fantasyfootball/
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- Balke, Jeff (June 14, 2017). "Lance Zierlein Declines Contract Option at 790, Leaves Morning Show". Houston Press. Retrieved August 28, 2017.