By HCR Staff | Feb. 27, 2019
Last June, Head Coach Ranking put the coaching spotlight on Minnesota Vikings assistant Drew Petzing, who has taken on larger roles with the team every year since coming on board in 2014. The trajectory continues this year with his recent appointment to wide receivers coach.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune profiled Petzing on Monday, detailing his path from student volunteer at Middlebury College in Vermont to unpaid intern at Harvard and eventually low-paid intern with the Cleveland Browns.
Petzing worked under Norv Turner in Cleveland and followed Turner to Minnesota in 2014. As we noted in our story last June, Petzing joined the Vikings in 2014 as an offensive assistant. He worked with running backs and receivers his first four years in Minnesota and was named quarterbacks assistant last year.
Petzing has excelled at helping the development of young players, and he has earned the respect of NFL players despite never having played in the NFL himself (in fact, Petzing never even played college ball – he was supposed to play defensive back at Div. III Middlebury but injuries ended his career before it ever started).
As Petzing told the Star-Tribune:
“Even the [most skeptical] players, if they think you know what you’re talking about and have something that can help them, more often than not they’re all ears. That was important early in my career and is going to continue to be important as I hopefully move up in this industry.”