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Jim Zorn's Alternate Career Plan, and Hair

The hair, de-flat-topped. (By Jim McIsaac - Getty)

With Jim Zorn returning to Seattle this week, the Northwest Media has my permission to do several days worth of massive, blown-out "Jim Zorn is Quirky" stories. Here's today's offering from the Seattle Times, and another from the Post-Intelligencer.

Turns out that after he was done playing quarterback, Zorn went to a career counseling company in Portland called IDAK to get some advice, kind of like when you took that quiz in 8th grade home-ec, just before the lesson when you had to carry around the sack of sugar and just after the lesson when you learned how to make hard candy. Zorn's results?

"Museum curator was one possibility, occupational therapist another," according to the Times, and the Post-Intelligencer goes further:

"A museum curator, I think it's a very specialized person," Zorn said in yesterday's conference call. "Because you have to view the piece. You have to make sure that the piece that you are setting out is viewed in the right way, expressed in the right way. And that each piece has to fit in with the gallery itself."

And what did Boise State Coach Skip Hall tell Zorn when he showed up to his first coaching job with a four-inch flat top? ""Jim, coaches don't wear their hair that way," Hall said, according to the Times. Here's a fuller version, thanks to BP Sports:

"When he was here, he had this weird hairdo where his hair went straight up four inches," said former Boise State University football coach Skip Hall, who gave Zorn his first coaching job in 1989. "He used to call it 'high and tight.' I used to kid him about it. For his first national coaches convention, before we went, I called him and said, 'Jim, there will be about 4,000 coaches there, and they don't wear their hair like that.' We went and later he told me, 'You're right, Coach. They looked at me like I was a weirdo.'"

Also, Zorn is being inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame this week, Matt Hasselbeck says Zorn's absence may be affecting his game, and, according to the Seahawks chaplain via that BPSports story, he "is far more concerned about being biblically correct than politically correct."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 12:59 PM ET
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Washington State Hall of Fame not Washington DC

Posted by: GiannicolusJones | November 20, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

This dude literally gets more amazing by the day.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 21, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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