|A Graduation Story - Ben Zorn Aims For PT School|
Everything seems to be right side up and headed in the right direction for Ben Zorn. After all, for the last two San Jose State football seasons, his job was to look at the game upside down as the Spartans' long snapper.
"I get to graduate on the same field I played on for five years. It's a great feeling," Zorn said following the University's Commencement on May 26.
Now as a San Jose State University graduate, the native of Vienna, Austria has his sights a career as a physical therapist after he fulfills some prerequisites prior to the application process.
"I will be applying for physical therapy school and get my doctorate in physical therapy and see where that takes me," says the Berkeley, Calif., resident.
Zorn first joined the San Jose State football team in 2007 after graduating from George Mason High School in Falls Church, Va. While playing football, he was a student athletic trainer and got a glimpse at what his future could be.
Up until two years ago, he played in only one game his first three seasons. Zorn jumped at the opportunity to compete for the vacant long snapping job. He did get some help from his predecessor, Matt Wigley, and that was invaluable.
The former offensive lineman also became a force on the Spartans' special teams punt coverage. Last season, he recovered a fumble in the home opener against Nevada and forced a fumble at Louisiana Tech that resulted in the game's first touchdown.
While Zorn will remember those individual accomplishments, he says his last game as a Spartan means the most.
"I have so many. One of my favorite ones is my last game of my senior year. Beating Fresno State in Fresno would have to be my highlight. We had not beaten them in Fresno in 24 years. That was a big accomplishment for our team," he says.
Check in with Ben Zorn in a few
years as he pursues a physical therapy