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Zombo holding on to starting linebacker job in Green Bay

Frank Zombo of the Green Bay Packers wat Getty Images

The remarkable rise of Zombo looks ready for a sequel.

(Yes, it’s Frank Zombo, Packers outside linebacker. But if anyone should just have one name, it’s Zombo. Let’s do this.)

Zombo started nine games last year as an undrafted player, including the Super Bowl.  An injury to Erik Walden put Zombo back in the starting lineup against Pittsburgh, and he’s stuck there throughout training camp, despite a challenge from Walden and last year’s Week One starter Brad Jones.

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette says Zombo has been the “most consistent” of the trio and clearly looks like the favorite to start opposite Clay Matthews against the Saints three weeks from Thursday.  (Yes, it’s that soon. Sweet.)

Because this is Green Bay, Demovsky has “records” for all three linebackers in 1-on-1 pass rush drills from camp. Which is awesome. Zombo is 7-7, Walden is 6-11, and Jones is 4-15.

“My pass rush has been great. I think I’m dropping [into coverage] well and I understand the defense,” Zombo said. “So yeah, I feel like in a way it’s my job to lose.”

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21 Responses to “Zombo holding on to starting linebacker job in Green Bay”
  1. packnasty says: Aug 16, 2011 9:12 AM

    What Kevin Greene has done with those outside linebackers is remarkable

  2. hoobsher says: Aug 16, 2011 9:13 AM

    his name is zombo??

    i think i speak for the NFL when i say that pat angerer has been replaced as the linebacker with the awesomest name.

  3. scoops1 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:18 AM

    Zombo…The Killer Guido

  4. rondo1260 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:21 AM

    1-on-1 passing drill records? That is awesome. The season can’t come fast enough.

  5. gpack22 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:26 AM

    Undrafted, plays thru a severe ankle sprain in training camp last yr because he knew that was the only way to make the roster, and pushing to be starter. Great story and the absolutely the kind of football player TT likes.

  6. professorcolumbus says: Aug 16, 2011 9:28 AM

    anything is possible at zombocom

  7. dylanmusicfane says: Aug 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    i loved zombo last year. im glad he’s doing well. go pack go!

  8. bdawk20 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    If i was a Packers fan, i would get his jersey

  9. dlarocca87 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:34 AM

    Gotta love it representing sterling heights michigan! I knew him throughout middle school and high school! Great guy

  10. tbonecostanza says: Aug 16, 2011 9:42 AM

    Zombo..lol I always think of The Munsters when I hear his name.

  11. medtxpack says: Aug 16, 2011 9:59 AM

    Dude is a beast! Had big sack on Vick in the reg season running him down like prey and then another huge sack in the SB…coverage skills are getting better. And with that name, sky is the limit…

  12. tramonisland says: Aug 16, 2011 10:01 AM

    Ladies and gentlemen Zombo No. 5. Go get em Frank!

  13. welzy says: Aug 16, 2011 10:09 AM

    You Don’t Mess With the Zombo!

  14. bordner says: Aug 16, 2011 10:39 AM

    Some people criticized it last year, but I loved it when after a sack or a TFL, he would break out the imaginary sword and slash a Z in the air.

  15. ikickgypsies says: Aug 16, 2011 10:51 AM

    Stay classy Packers!

  16. drbob117 says: Aug 16, 2011 12:04 PM

    OK, quick.. what classic TV show had this line: “Zombo, what the hell are you doing with my wife?!”

  17. emperorzero says: Aug 16, 2011 1:16 PM

    Always outstanding to see a Central Michigan Chippewas getting the job done!

  18. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 16, 2011 1:46 PM

    Maybe he can go on Dancing With the Stars, and do the Mombo.

  19. wafflestomp says: Aug 16, 2011 6:32 PM

    Advertures in ZomboLand!

  20. zeussuperman says: Aug 16, 2011 6:37 PM

    One of the best names in the NFL, by far.

    “Hey Kids! Eeets ZOMBO!”

  21. innoculo says: Aug 16, 2011 6:38 PM

    Zombo is gonna give QB’s Thrombos.

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