Friday, December 26, 2014

Penn State's Zordich talks about his father, the safeties coach for the Eagles

Michael Zordich's father, also named Michael, played safety for Penn State from 1982-1985. He was an All-American his senior year and a co-captain of the team. He went on to play 12 years in the NFL with the New York Jets, Phoenix Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles and is now the Eagles safeties coach. But Zordich, a redshirt junior fullback for the Nittany Lions, said he and his father rarely talk about football.

Penn State's Zordich talks about his father, the safeties coach for the Eagles

Michael Zordich bowls into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
Michael Zordich bowls into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Michael Zordich’s father, also named Michael, played safety for Penn State from 1982-1985. He was an All-American his senior year and a co-captain of the team. He went on to play 12 years in the NFL with the New York Jets, Phoenix Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles and is now the Eagles safeties coach.

But Zordich, a redshirt junior fullback for the Nittany Lions, said he and his father rarely talk about football. 

“He’s never has been like that,” said Zordich, who scored the winning touchdown - a one-yard rush - against Temple on Saturday. “He’ll watch the games and he keeps an eye out just to spectate. But he’s never been a coaching father. He’s just kind of been the proud dad that watches and has fun watching the games.

“I’d rather have a father-son relationship with my dad then a player-coach (relationship).”

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Despite a busy schedule, Zordich said his father was able to attend Penn State’s season opener against Indiana State. That will probably be it for this season, but Zordich said he tries to get to as many Eagles games as possible. He said he went to a couple of games last year.

“The rest of the time he’s with his other family just coaching and doing that,” Zordich said. “He’s busy, but he’s having a lot of fun doing it.”

--Jake Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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