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Former Falcons defensive end John Zook dies at 72

Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - CIRCA 1972: John Zook #71 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during an NFL football game circa 1972 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Zooks played for the Falcons from 1969-75. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

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Former Falcons defensive end John Zook died Saturday in Kansas, the Atlanta Constitution-Journal reports. Zook was 72.

Zook, nicknamed “The Zooker,” played with Hall of Fame end Claude Humphrey. In 1973, when the Falcons won nine games, both Zook and Humphrey made the Pro Bowl. It was Zook’s only Pro Bowl appearance.

“He and I got along better than I’ve been able to get along with anybody,” Humphrey told the AJC on Sunday. “I guess because we both had to work hard to get where we were going.”

The Los Angeles Rams made Zook a fourth-round choice in 1969 but then traded him to the Eagles, who traded him to the Falcons before he ever played a game.

He played seven seasons for the Falcons, never missing a game, before Atlanta traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals. He played four more seasons for the Cardinals.

Zook played 144 games, 134 of them starts.