Chris Zorich Enjoys Post-Bears Life As Chicago State AD

Dave Kerner
February 07, 2019 - 6:23 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chris Zorich has lived the life of a Chicagoan who loves football.

South Side kid. All-American at Notre Dame. Played for, and won a national championship under, Lou Holtz. Drafted by his hometown Chicago Bears. A 7-year career that has brought him to an interesting post-football life, and now Athletic Director at Chicago State University, a job he has held since last May.

The job is far from easy. Zorich inherits an athletic program that has nowhere to go, but up in Division 1. Zorich was given the task of hiring new coaches days after taking over, as the basketball programs try to gain respectability in the Western Athletic Conference.

Zorich's football roots are never far away from the Bears, as he periodically is a participant in Bears Alumni events.

“Chicago’s such a great sports town, a lot of the former players actually stay in Chicago. One of the reasons why is because of how the Bears have embraced the alumni," he said.

In this interview for WBBM Newsradio, Zorich outlines the challenges he faces as a Division 1 athletic director, his drive to make Chicago State a destination for a collegiate athletic career and how he places a big importance on his ties to the Bears, and the alumni community.

You can listen to the full interview below.