Lance Zierlein comes from a football family with a father who coached on the college and pro level for 32 years and a brother who played and coaches football. As a handicapper, fantasy football writer, radio host and NFL Draft expert, Zierlein has one of the most unique perspectives of anyone in the football business.
At the age of 24, Zierlein began his own handicapping service called Pigskin Sports and was a featured football analyst and handicapper in markets such as Houston, Miami, Michigan City, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Zierlein was also weekly contributor on a nationally syndicated radio station over a two year span. Zierlein was invited to compete in the Stardust Handicapping Tournament in Las Vegas on two different occasions.
In 2001, Zierlein began a weekly football newsletter called "A View From the Sideline" that featured breakdowns of the biggest college and pro games each weekend, fantasy football advice and NFL draft information. Over the years, the number of subscribers to the newsletter grew from several hundred to several thousand and in 2002, Zierlein added John Harris as a senior college analyst for the newsletter. Harris and Zierlein's 2010 draft edition of the newsletter was viewed by over 16,000 people including the scouting department of four NFL teams.
In 2005, Zierlein began writing a weekly fantasy football column for the Houston Chronicle and his "Z-Report" blog was added to the Houston Chronicle's roster beginning in 2006 where it quickly became one of the most popular sports blogs on the newspaper's website. The Z-Report has a strong lean towards Houston Texans football, fantasy football and the NFL Draft. Zierlein's network of contacts helped him break the story on his Z-Report blog that Albert Haynesworth would be signing a record deal with the Washington Redskins.
While Zierlein has a background in handicapping, fantasy football and the NFL Draft, most people in Houston have known Zierlein since 1997 when he began co-hosting what has become the most popular and longest lasting sports talk show in the market. His morning show has been named "Best Sports Talk Show" three times by the Houston Press and has featured some of the biggest names in the game.
Zierlein's commentary on radio as well as his writing on the Houston Chronicle and in the "View From the Sideline" newsletter has been featured on such prominent outlets as ProFootballTalk.com, Rotworld.com, TheRedZone.org, TheBigLead.com, ESPN.com, Orangebloods.com and The New York Times. Zierlein also finished in the top 20% of all national competitors in The Huddle Report's 2010 Mock Draft and Top 100 Board contest.
By Jerry Angelo
February 18, 2014