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Chris Zorich
Defensive tackle
Jersey #(s)
97, 78
Born March 13, 1969 (1969-03-13) (age 40)
Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Year(s) 19911997
NFL Draft 1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
College Notre Dame
Professional teams
Career stats
Tackles 284
Sacks 16.5
Touchdowns 1
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Robert Zorich (born March 13, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.


Early life

An only child of African American and Croatian descent, Zorich was raised by his mother on the South Side of Chicago, where he attended Chicago Vocational High School.[1]

College career

Zorich received a scholarship to play college football at the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and began as a linebacker but was moved to nose tackle early in the season and did not play.[2] However, Zorich then earned All-American honors the following season. In his first game, he had one and a half sacks and ten tackles against the University of Michigan and finished the year third on the team in tackles as Notre Dame went undefeated and won the national championship.[2] During his junior year, he followed his initial season with a consensus All-America year in 1989 and was also one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award. Also in 1989 he was voted the UPI Lineman of the Year award as the top lineman in college football. As a senior, Zorich won the Lombardi Award and was recognized as a unanimous All-America. In the final game of his college career he was the Defensive Most Valuable player of the 1991 Orange Bowl.[2]

NFL career

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.

After football

Zorich earned a law degree at Notre Dame[2] and has become a well-known philanthropist in the Chicago area, having 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. Zorich has also worked as a motivational speaker.

On May 9, 2007 Zorich was announced as one of the specially selected inductees of the 2007 class at the College Football Hall of Fame.

He is mentioned in the autobiography of former NFL player Esera Tuaolo.


  1. ^ "The Chris Zorich Foundation - Biography". Chris Zorich Foundation. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  2. ^ a b c d "Chris Zorich's College Football HOF profile". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-07-30.  

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