Mike Zordich

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Mike Zordich
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive backs coach
Team Michigan (Defensive backs)
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Born (1963-10-12) October 12, 1963 (age 51)
Youngstown, Ohio
Playing career
1987–1988 New York Jets
1989–1993 Phoenix Cardinals
1994–1998 Philadelphia Eagles
Position(s) Safety
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2003–2008 Cardinal Mooney (HS) (Defensive assistant)
2009–2010 Philadelphia Eagles (DQC coach)
2011–2012 Philadelphia Eagles (Safeties coach)
2014 Youngstown State (Safeties coach)
2015–present Michigan (Defensive backs)

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]


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.


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]


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


  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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