NFL coaching legends Jim Zorn and Mike Martz will serve as Head Coaches for the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Zorn will coach the American Team and face Martz’s National Team.
Perhaps best known for being the offensive coordinator behind the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” during their Super-Bowl winning season in 1999, Martz has become a staple in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Using the wisdom acquired during his tenure as the Rams head coach from 2000-2005, Martz has led the National Team to victory in each of the past two NFLPA Collegiate Bowls. Martz’s presence exposes the game’s participants to a large network of NFL teams, as he has served in a variety of coaching and coordinator roles with the Rams, Redskins, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.
One year after coaching in the East-West Shrine Game, Zorn will take the reins of one of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl rosters this winter. As a former NFL player and head coach, Zorn brings experience from both on the field and the sideline. After earning second-team All-Pro honors as quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, the California native went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Seahawks before taking over the Redskins in 2008 and 2009. Zorn also had successful stints as an offensive coach and coordinator at the professional (Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs) and collegiate (Boise State, Utah State and Minnesota) levels.