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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Former KU football players Reesing and Zook to appear together

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing warms up at Arrowhead Stadium before taking on Missouri in the 2009 Border Showdown.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing warms up at Arrowhead Stadium before taking on Missouri in the 2009 Border Showdown.

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Two of the most memorable players from the Kansas University football program’s Orange Bowl appearances (1969 and 2008) will team up tonight at a book-signing appearance.

Former quarterback Todd Reesing will join former defensive end John Zook, an All-America selection in 1968, in signing copies of “Touchdowns & Traditions: Celebrating 75 Years of the Orange Bowl, 1935-2009” from 6-7:30 tonight at The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave. The signing is a private event.

Reesing, the Jayhawks’ all-time leader in nearly every major statistical passing category, has spent the days since the season ended in November preparing for a chance to play in the National Football League. Reesing has said that he hopes to catch on with an NFL team through the upcoming NFL Draft or free agency, but also has said that he would entertain offers from other professional leagues, such as the Canadian Football League.

Reesing led the Jayhawks to the 2008 Orange Bowl championship, which was the culmination of a 12-1 season.

Zook finished his KU career with 202 tackles, fourth on the school’s all-time list among defensive linemen. He played 12 seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons.

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gardenjay 4 years, 5 months ago

It was an amazing run, Todd. We'll miss you. It would have been nice to have an overlap year with Coach Gill, though.

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mojayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Todd! You are a true leader and a tough competitor. You made Kansas football fun to watch the past 4 years. We will miss you this fall, but wish you the best of success in whatever you do.

Rock chalk!

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MinnesotaJay 4 years, 5 months ago

John Zook on one end and Vernon Vanoy on the other had to be one of the best defensive end combos ever in college ball. The Zooker had 12 seasons in the NFL, and Vernon played 3 seasons.

Todd will have to convince some team in the NFL or CFL that he's 'big' enough to play, and some lucky team will (in their minds) take a chance on him.

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Edward Daub 4 years, 5 months ago

Minnesota. Outstanding Memory! John Zook was from Larned and Vernon from Kansas City. Vernon also played basketball for KU!

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Steve Brown 4 years, 5 months ago

If the big bird is nice enough to go on our BB court should be nice enough to go on the helmet...what happend to consistent theme from mktg. class on branding...

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Max Ledom 4 years, 5 months ago

Todd could apply for one more year of eligebility. He only played a half in his freshman year....

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Matt Tait 4 years, 5 months ago

The book is credited to the Orange Bowl Committee Publications Staff and is illustrated by Scott Matthews...

Looks like a neat book.

  • Matt
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tachnup 4 years, 5 months ago

The helmet Todd is wearing is the same as worn in the late 60s and early 70s. In fact it is the same helmet style that Zooker wore in the Orange Bowl.

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tachnup 4 years, 5 months ago

Albeit the helmet in the late 60s was a darker (navy?) blue

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Lance Hobson 4 years, 5 months ago

Great helmet, great player. I wish they could have gotten to a bowl game this year, that would have really helped his chances for a future career. Perkins really screwed him by creating all of those distractions, he deserved better his senior year.

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beebe1 4 years, 5 months ago

If he had the inclination and the interest, Reesing would be the best QB in the league this year. In my heart, he played much of the year injured. No way to get around that. He did well, but his timing and his hitting the spots were off. No excuses -- he was hurt. The best to him for the future. Anyone who takes a chance with him will find exceedingly good luck!

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beebe1 4 years, 5 months ago

If he had the inclination and the interest, Reesing would be the best QB in the league this year. In my heart, he played much of the year injured. No way to get around that. He did well, but his timing and his hitting the spots were off. No excuses -- he was hurt. The best to him for the future. Anyone who takes a chance with him will find exceedingly good luck!

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bpjhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

Aww geez, Matt! That is cruel telling us about a book signing, including the time, then saying it is private. What a tease.

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Matt Tait 4 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, bpjhawk.... Just thought it was too cool of an event not to share. Two of KU football's all-time greats coming together to celebrate the school's two Orange Bowl appearances. Good stuff.

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Dan Harris 4 years, 5 months ago

Todd- Thanks for the memories!

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Danimal 4 years, 5 months ago

This article makes me sad that Mangino pulled Reesing's red shirt during the Colorado game in 2006.

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LAjay1996 4 years, 5 months ago

Agreed Danimal...

To all you Mangina $ucka$:

Do your research and find out about the school’s graduation rate, curricula offered, and, most important – when that coach looks you in the eye and tells you he will take care of your son or daughter like he or she was his own – you make sure he ante’s up and does just that.

I’ll conclude by saying this: the likelihood that a young Black man is going to be told he will be “sent back to the ‘hood to be shot by his homies,” will be significantly less likely to be uttered by a Black head coach or a coach at a historically Black college or university – an HBCU.

Because, if you can play, they will find you; and if they find you at an HBCU, they will also likely find you – graduated, and with a degree.

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LAjay1996 4 years, 5 months ago

We were a laughing stock with no chance to land a recruit with any sort of self-respect and pride (or any athlese with jack for pro potential)...

That is for anyone with a problem with the comment posted above.

THANK YOU, LEW YOU ARE THE BEST! ALL OF US WITH A SINGLE CLUE KNOW HOW GREAT YOU ARE FOR OUR PROGRAM! THANK YOU, LEW! WE LOVE YOU! THE ONLY PEOPLE ON HERE THAT DEFEND MANGINO AND HATE ON YOU ARE ONLY KSU FANS!

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LAjay1996 4 years, 5 months ago

closet KSU fans, Mangino would have landed us about 15 1 star recruits. and possibly 3 2 stars this year...not to mention half of our team would have walked from that fat hater who dishes it out and never ever took it. Played high school, never played college and then tries pushing around college atheletes/ Athletic Department secretaries when he wouldn't land a recruit and blame them...what a piece of pure trash...Stop mentioning that loser named Mangino.

Thank you Lew!

You get about 5000X the hatred you deserve...(closet KSU fans posing as KU fans)

You get about .004% the credit that you actualy deserve....As a KU economics major now making 200K as a KU grad (07) in cali, I'd like to thank you for bringing out Athletic department to a point that it was not close to in 2002 when I arrived as a freshman.

YOU ARE THE MAN!

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LAjay1996 4 years, 5 months ago

Yea, so somebody with some competence is saying that...Unlike anyone who tries to hate on you...(uncompetence/losers/failing at life/cheering for KU on a website but never stepping a foot on campus/trying to act like racist KState haters, and posing as KU fans trying to mess up how people of Lawrence act, look, and relfect on socitey....basically Mangino made us and anyone taht like his makes us look like trash!

Congrats, you Gina lovers! You are trash! You are Kstate! You do nothing positive for KU except make dirty trashy KSU hillbilillies like -love you! Congrats! You are not just with the enemy....YOU ARE THE ENEMY!

Go live in Manhattan where you belong. Welcome to Lawrence where profit max is used. Go watch a loser Kstate team. Ur the last people I want cheering at Memorial in 2 years...just go home like you were w Mangino from 02-05....whackers...Totally whack. I disgrace you from the KU fanbase if you don't see the detriment that man caused and how great of a move Lew made to prevent and immediately change the face of the program from fatboy.

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labbadabba 4 years, 5 months ago

"closet KSU fans, Mangino would have landed us about 15 1 star recruits. and possibly 3 2 stars this year..."

LAjay1996 - not sure why you're driving at this but the above statement is absolutely false. We had the top recruiting class in the Big XII North before all this stuff went down. I realize you're sticking up for Lew but you gotta use facts man.

But I guess in your eyes that makes me a KSU fan...

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Kman_blue 4 years, 5 months ago

Two of the most memorable players from the Kansas University football program’s Orange Bowl appearances (1969 and 2008)...

I don't know, but that reads kind of confusing to me. It makes it seems like KU's Orange Bowl appearance in 1947 is forgotten or something. I realize those or the 2 appearances that Zook and Reesing played in respectively, but it's still somewhat confusing to read IMO. Now, if they would of had old Coach Fambrough there too, then they'd have famous players from all 3 covered.

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KUGreenMachine 4 years, 5 months ago

I heard that Reesing will be doing this same type of event open to the public Saturday March 6th 10am-11:30am at the Leawood Hy-Vee on State Line Road! You could get there before the beginning of the KU/MU game.

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