Former NFL player John Zook has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NFL player John Zook passed away. He was 72.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. According to his brother Dean Zook, who confirmed his death to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Zook had been battling cancer before his death.

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He passed away in Wichita, Kansas.

Zook was a fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1969 NFL Draft after playing college football with the Kansas Jayhawks. While he was drafted by the Rams, he never played a snap for the team.

He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles after being drafted. He would then be traded to the Atlanta Falcons before the start of the 1969 NFL season.

During his NFL career, he played for the Falcons from 1969 through 1975. He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1976-1979.

Zook was a Pro Bowl for the lone-time in his career in 1973.

As an NFL player with the Falcons and the Cardinals, he appeared in 144 games, including 134 starts, according to Pro Football Reference.

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