Congrats Ziggy! Keep up the hard work!
Couldn't be prouder of Ziggy; from BYU walk-on to NFL starter, all because
of his extraordinary athletic talents and determination, and BYU's
willingness to give him a chance to develop those extraordinary talents at his
Great to hear Ziggy's progressing well in Detroit. Hope he becomes wildly
successful and make a huge impact in that organization's future. Looking
forward to watching him in action.
"The former BYU standout, taken by Detroit with the No. 5 pick in this
year's NFL draft, is the lone rookie listed as a starter on the Lions'
depth chart."-------------------This guy just
continues to impress. Sure, his start as a rookie is helped by the fact that
Idonije isn't 100%. But, it's still very unusual and one more
indication that, raw and inexperienced as he is, he's the real deal.Can't wait to see him in action. I hope I can find someone with TV
coverage of Friday's game. :o/
Way to go Ziggy! It sounds like he is surrounded by folks who are willing to
work with him and are impressed by his upside. He is for sure tough enough to
play, after all he was coached by Bronco.
How is this possible? He wasn't a 4 or 5 star recruit with 5 offers from
@1978Ziggy is indeed a remarkable rare story.Care to
know the average stars of the NFL first round picks(including a 0 star
ziggy)?3.53So I guess there is something to those
ratings after all.And I thought 2 star choir boys were just as good
as 3 ad 4 stars?That's what byu fans tell us.LOL!
@ChrissyBYU and Ziggy Ansah, still living in your head..."Rent
Free".... 24-7.Fantastic!Weddle and Kruger?...2 stars.Kaepernick and Flacco....3 stars.Pitta...no stars.Where are
they....and where are you?Your attempt at Universal Statements, fail
the rule of exceptions, every time.
In my entire life I've never read a quality thread comment that ended in
LOL...As the history of the Heisman trophy, All-American lists,
All-State list tells us, there is not 100% correlation between performance at
one level of competition and performance at the next level. That's why
they NFL has combines: They know there is a (not 100% either) correlation
between size and ability and performance at the next level.I hope
that wasn't to complicated for the biased mind to understand.
"And I thought 2 star choir boys were just as good as 3 ad 4 stars?That's what byu fans tell us."So you admit that zero star
Ziggy got drafted before ALL but 4 of those first round draftees, and still
imply that it's impossible to for 2-star athletes to be just as good as 3-
and 4-star athletes. Something's wrong with this picture...Note: this 0-star athlete was better than anyone on Utah's roster.
christyThere are more 2- and 3-star players playing in the NFL than
4- and 5-star athletes, and that's a fact.Three of the greatest
players in the history of the NFL, Brett Farve (So Miss), Jerry Rice (Miss
Valley St), and Walter Payton (Jackson St), were lightly recruited or not
recruited at all, and didn't play in power conferences or, in some cases,
didn't even play D-1 football. I wonder how many stars they
would have received.The truth is, the ratings services completely
whiff on far more player ratings than they actually get right. Even amongst
5-star players, there are plenty of busts.
Ziggy was never evaluated by any "Star" system, so calling him "0
Stars" is both true and inaccurate. I think it is also fair to speculate
that someone with his size and speed, who scored as well as he did at the
combine, would be have been "5 Star" recruit had he played high school
football -- but he didn't play, wasn't evaluated, and came to BYU
BECUASE he is a "choir boy."
@Bluto"BYU and Ziggy Ansah, still living in your head..."Rent
Free".... 24-7. Fantastic!"What a dump they must be living
in. They can do way better than that.
Happy for Ziggy and hope he has a productive career... note that Star Lotulelei
was also listed as a starter on the Panthers depth chart, maybe the article
should have covered both.
Chris, I don't get your comment at all. It appears that you are trying to
make a point that the average player in the NFL has a star rating of 3.53 but
then you point out that Ziggy has a 0 star rating? What does this have to do
with Ziggy's success or abilities? Obviously he wasn't even on the
radar of these so called authorities for the success in the NFL. Granted, the
star system is getting more and more accurate, it still is not completely
accurate as we have seen as Utah fans for years. Needless to say,
why muddy up the waters on an article celebrating the success of a kid from
Africa that is making a name for himself?Go UTES!!
Whatever language the word "Wookie" comes from, I'm sure it
translates to "classy." I'd love to see more fans on both sides be
Somebody help Chris out please. I think it's time for an intervention...
@ Chris B:It would be interesting to read your follow-up excuses for
the way the star system works or is supposed to work after the event that
happens on September 21st when yet another PAC10.2 team gets thumped. But since
you've promised not to post on any more BYU articles after that date for a
year, based on the outcome that is all but a given at this point, I guess
it's something we're going to have to forego. But until then, just
know that your comments continue to be LOL (lots of laughs)!
Sounds like Ziggy is off to a great start. Hope he has much success.
Glad to see Ziggy continue to progress and wish him the best in the NFL.Since the DN didn't mention this, Star is also listed as the
starter for the Carolina Panthers. Congrats to him as well.Finally
in reply to Just the Fax:"There are more 2- and 3-star players playing
in the NFL than 4- and 5-star athletes, and that's a fact."You
may be right only because of the sheer number of players in the NFL but I
question the accuracy of your comment. If this is a fact, how about a source to
verify the comment? Every article I have ever read indicates the chances of
making it to the pro level directly correlates with the star rating system. In
other words, a higher percentage of 5 star recruits make it to the NFL than 4
star recruits. A higher percentage of 4 star recruits make it to the NFL than 3
star recruits and so on. Sure there are lots of examples of 2 and 3 star
success stories but overall the ranking system does have a lot of validity.
Chris B is my hero! The trolling troll just hooked this entire thread, hook,
line and sinker.I was interested to see the comparison to Javon
Kearse. Ansah is freaky fast with the size and strength Kearse lacked. Detroit
should have the best d-line in the league this year. There just aren't
enough bodies to double team their front four.Ansah playing in the
NFL is just one of those great things that happens to good people. For BYU fans
to claim that he is in the NFL because he went to BYU is a joke. He is in the
NFL because he is the most gifted defensive lineman to enter the draft since
Ndamakin Suh. Just like Christian Akoye a generation ago, the novelty of having
such an incredible athlete with such raw talent who is a relative newcomer to
the game is a lot of exciting.