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Ada's NFL connections, besides making the footballs

Everyone knows that every football used in an NFL game is produced here in Ada, but there are some other hot commodities around the NFL that have ties to the little village as well. I’m talking
about Jason Trusnik and Zac Dysert, two homegrown talents that call playing in the NFL their “day job.” Trusnik was an ONU grad, in 2006, and later was signed by the New York Jets as an outside linebacker. While playing for the Polar Bears, Trusnik recorded 18 sacks and 31 tackles for loss in 2004 on his way to becoming the all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss. Trusnik is currently playing in his 7th NFL season, now with the Dolphins. His most successful professional season came with the Cleveland Browns in 2009 where he started 10 games, recorded 56 tackles and 2.5 sacks. His career totals include 147 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Trusnik was twice named an All-American and twice named All-OAC player. He also played in the Texas vs. The Nation Game and was named a co-captain for Team USA in the Aztec Bowl in 2007.

Zac Dysert is the hometown kid from right here in Ada. He started at quarterback for the Ada Bulldogs while throwing for 100 touchdowns, including 35 in his senior year. He led the Bulldogs to two playoff appearances, including a 2007 state semifinal. Dysert went on to play his college football at Miami in Oxford where he started for four years after being named the starter as a redshirt -freshman. He ended his career at Miami becoming the school’s leading passer, throwing for 12,013 yards and overtaking Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, where he played his way into the 3rd-string QB role. Learning from Peyton Manning can’t be too bad of a gig these days.

One other NFL connection that ONU claims the rights to is something that has gained popularity lately, especially for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, as well as Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers.
The pistol offense was invented and developed here at Ohio Northern by Coach Tom Kaczkowski in 1999, which he then called the “shotgun I” formation. Again, none of these three jobs have been bad to any of their recent employers. Ada really is a football town at heart and it goes far beyond the football factory that calls Ada home.

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