An Exclusive with former Bear, ND star Chris Zorich

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 By Paul M. Banks

Former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich was a Pro Bowl alternate in 1993 and was a second round draft choice by the franchise in 1991. The College Football Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle played at the Notre Dame from 1987-1990, earning All-American honors and a National Championship during his sophomore year in 1988. In 1989, he was an All-American again and one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award. His senior year, Zorich won the Lombardi Award and unanimous All-American honors; as well as Defensive MVP  of the Orange Bowl.

Zorich was drafted in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears from 1991 until 1996, and he was named an alternate for the 1993 Pro Bowl. He also played one season (1997) for the Washington Redskins.

In his NFL career, Zorich tallied 16.5 career quarterback sacks and scored one touchdown off a fumble. Post football, Zorich earned a law degree at Notre Dame and established the Christopher Zorich Foundation in 1993 to assist disadvantaged families. He is a past recipient of USA WEEKEND’s Most Caring Athlete Award and the Jesse Owens Foundation Humanitarian Award. Currently he works in the Notre Dame Athletic Department as a Manager for Student Welfare & Development.

In this interview we discuss: his charity work, poker game, efforts benefiting Urban Prep Academies and much much more.

 An Audio Exclusive with Chris Zorich

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Chris Zorich and I debate whether Poker is a sport or not before getting interrupted by one of his fans 

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  1. EIU Cheerleader/SICA Chick says

    He’s a big guy! sounds smart too. and a great humanitarian.

    Nice picture Paul! You look very Bondesque

  2. thanks. long time no talk LOL! Yes, Zorich is quite the star philanthropist. Has a great sense of humor about himself too.

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