Football: Follett done

Former Cal linebacker Zack Follett’s NFL career is apparently over after he was released by the Detroit Lions. Follett, who has had chronic problems with his neck, suffered a serious injury last season and apparently hasn’t been able to heal up to play. No word yet on his next move.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • ScottyBear

    What a great Bear and warrior. All the best to you Zack!

  • RandyBear

    Good luck Zack …. nobody could get after it like YOU DID! Thanks for all the great memories. Would be terrific to see him teaching future Bear linebackers.

  • Sean 84

    Good Luck Zack…FYI, I got a picture of you on my office wall bending Eric Ainge in half backwards, with the inscription: “Not all pain is gain”.

  • Raf

    Damn, tough break. Standout fearless golden bear.

  • Larry

    I have a picture of your hit on Ainge signed, framed, and on my wall!

    Good Luck!

    Go Bears!

  • robert lerma

    You made all Clovis fans and Cal fans your biggest supporters. Good luck in whatever you do. Your print on both programs will live forever! GO BEARS GO FOLLETT!

  • Mr. B


    Absolutely. Zach could be another Tosh in terms of passion for both the game and the BEARS. Likewise I expect he could connect with the recruits and players on the same level Tosh does.

    Come on Tedford – make an offer to Zach, like yesterday.

  • calgrizzlybear

    damn! hate to hear but to second on mr b point yesssssssssssssssssss teford bring him in that would be savage have zack take over defense when tosh moves up to HC after tedford wins and moves on hopeful on that first part

  • Steve W

    I will never forget when Follett bull rushed from the outside and took out Eric Ainge early on in the 07 revenge game against Tennessee. It was a thing of beauty to watch, from the severity of the hit to the way that Ainge coughed up the ball into the hands of a Cal player. That play set the tone for Cal’s epic win. I still wonder how good that season could have been if Longshore hadn’t gone down in the Oregon game.