At one point during his college career at Arizona State, Vontaze Burfict was being compared to future hall of fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis.
After two years in the NFL and coming off his first Pro Bowl selection, Burfict has done his best to live up to those lofty expectations.
But the men primarily responsible for reviving Burfict’s career after going undrafted for a variety of reasons has to be Mike Zimmer and Paul Guenther.
Those two spent countless hours working with Burfict to help him get into shape and get his playing-style corrected after coming into the NFL undisciplined, overweight and out of shape
Now the Minnesota Vikings head coach, Zimmer offered one final motivator for linebacker Burfict:
“Zim was telling me if I keep doing the things I have to do and keep my head on straight and stay out of trouble, there’s no reason I shouldn’t be in Canton,” Burfict said via Bengals.com. “That’s going to be another goal for my career. You always want to be the greatest player that you can be.”
With Guenther now the DC for the Bengals, there’s nor reason to think he won’t continue to play at his current level in 2014, and we should expect to see him do even better in what will be just his third year in the NFL.
As for what he’s up to now, Burfict is getting ready to play in his first Pro Bowl on Sunday:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 24, 2014