“I think it’s all about relationships. You go back and look at coaches at any level – high school, college and the NFL, I’ve had the opportunity to coach at all three levels – it comes down to getting a player to play the best he can be,” Zook said.

“I can remember my first time when I interviewed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, I asked Coach Cowher, ‘How do you coach these guys?’ He said, ‘Well, you coach ‘em just like you coach your guys.’ I found that to be 100 percent true.

“The game has continued to evolve – it’s bigger, stronger, faster. It’s a different game, it’s a faster game. But still you’ve got to block, tackle; you’ve got to have a returner. There’s not that big a change.”

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