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Morgan and Zeigler Provide Double Coverage

Posted by Taylor Price on April 28, 2010 – 4:27 PM

The life of an intern… Most of us remember having such a gig. Make copies, fax documents, answer phones and occasionally get an interesting assignment. Can’t you remember it like it was yesterday?

Well… Josh Morgan and Dominique Zeigler certainly can. That’s because it was yesterday for them. Literally.

But the pair of blossoming 49ers wide receivers haven’t signed up for your typical apprenticeship.  They finished up another day of their offseason internships at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Tuesday night, helping out in the production of Chronicle Live. They also appeared as guests on the show. Host Greg Papa even let Morgan do the interviewing.

The internship idea first came up when Morgan approached 49ers Director of Player Development Ty Knott about getting involved in broadcasting. From there, Knott found an opportunity that worked best with Morgan’s busy offseason schedule.

Once a “special” unpaid internship opportunity arose, Morgan jumped at the chance to learn more about sports broadcasting. And after hearing from his teammate on the quality of his experience, Zeigler asked to be an intern at Comcast as well.

Now, both wideouts are assisting Comcast SportsNet at various sporting events in the Bay Area and have photo credentials with their names written on them to prove it. They visit Comcast headquarters once a week to take part in the special internship.

“It’s been great so far,” Morgan said. “We did the pregame show for the (Oakland) A’s – I was one of the stage managers. I had the headset on, counting the hosts down, five, four, three… all that.”

In addition to getting up close experience in the production of various sports telecasts, the players are getting a better understanding of the business and ultimately if it’s something they’d like to pursue after their football careers.

“I like sports a lot, so getting to find out how they make highlights was great for me,” Zeigler said. “It was pretty neat getting to be back there with the production people. I didn’t know it really took that much just to make a 30-minute show. There’s a lot of yelling if things don’t go right, because if one person is telling someone to “cue B” and he cues “A,” then maybe it messes up the next six clips.”

Just like how football players depend on the other 10 players on the field to execute the coach’s play call?

“Exactly. It might look like they’re just doing TV, but there’s a lot of work that they put into it,” Zeigler said.

The players won’t have too much availability as the offseason rolls along. The duo only have four weeks left in their broadcasting crash course, but will value each new experience as they come.

“Next week we’re going to work on the camera stuff and it’s just a good experience,” Zeigler added. “If you have all day to lift weights, might as well to do something at the end of the day.”

Zeigler’s passion for all sports has rubbed off on Morgan throughout the process. Morgan, a self-described football and basketball lover has opened up room in his heart for other sports because of his internship.

“I don’t know a whole lot, but I’m learning about hockey and baseball. I’ve always been into basketball and football and that type of stuff,” Morgan said. “Zeigler is teaching me a lot about baseball. I’m learning on the run.”

Being on the run shouldn’t be too difficult for Morgan. After all, it’s a big part of his current job.

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10 Responses to “Morgan and Zeigler Provide Double Coverage”

  1. By Paul Nelson on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Great job boys…multitasking will always get you faster down the road….cant’ wait to see you both catching touchdown passes on the field…go 9ers

  2. By Jo on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    So this must be part reason that Morgan is often referred to as a “late Bloomer”

  3. By Marilyn Howard on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Looking forward for the football season, you get better each season.Goo Niners!

  4. By Dennis on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Thats great that there doing extra things but both of them need to be on the field everyday with smith trying to get into rhythm because none of them are good enough to be taking time of and messing around.

  5. By Tron on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    That’s good to hear you guys doing something other than football at the moments. Now it’s time to get it in at Camp and Zeigler, Please make the team cause I know you got real talent!!!! Playoffs this year!!!!!

  6. By chiconinerfan on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    hope you make the roster zeigler! I remember some plays you made in the 08′ season when martz was the O.C. hope you stick around on the team zeigler you’re a beast.

  7. By robert on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Zeigler suck was he on the team last year not mean but we do not need him on are team he can go start over with the seahawks the rookie team that every body think is going to hang with us I don’t think so he can bring his long body to a littie wr corp but he will not make the team this year we got that wr from cal and they say he is very good and we got kyle william he is very good look at him on youtube you will like him

  8. By robert on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Josh morgan is very good

  9. By tony on May 1, 2010 | Reply

    josh he just gonna get better and better each year he just a young calf, just wait couple of more years he would be another michael irvin

  10. By Derek on May 2, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Zeigler can make the team. We lost a couple this year with Arnaz going to Pitt and Bruce retiring. I remember hearing a lot of his play making abilities last preseason. I bet Williams will make it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Z make the team over some of the undrafted FAs. To me a guy that works hard and makes the team when he isn’t supposed to only makes the team stronger, because of the passion and hardwork that is needed to accomplish such a feat.

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