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Ziggy Ansah helping Kyle Van Noy adjust to NFL

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Its not often close friends and college teammates find themselves on the same NFL team, in the same defense and with equally high expectations on both to be impact players.

The one thing defensive end Ziggy Ansah liked most about playing with linebacker Kyle Van Noy at BYU was the fact that Van Noy knew the game so well, and was so well prepared, he would literally call out the offenses' plays before the snap.

“He pretty much yells it and that was really helpful," Ansah said. "He’s constantly watching film to better his game and I learned a few things from him.”

Ansah and Van Noy built a close friendship as teammates and even roommates at BYU.

Ansah was the first person to call Van Noy after the Lions drafted him on May and Ansah is a groomsman in Van Noy’s wedding this weekend.

Its not often close friends and college teammates find themselves on the same NFL team, in the same defense and with equally high expectations on both to be impact players.

Ask Van Noy and he’ll tell you he had a big hand in teaching Ansah, who played football for the first time in his life as a freshman at BYU, how to play the game.

“Just to clarify, he didn’t teach me how to play football,” Ansah said with the smile.

“For sure he was really influential. He’s a hard worker.“

Ziggy AnsahZiggy Ansah has been helping former BYU teammate Kyle Van Noy as the rookie has adjusted to NFL practices. (Photo: Detroit Lions)

The roles have been reversed so far this offseason, however. Ansah has been through a rookie season and knows what the NFL is all about. He’s been the one showing Van Noy the ropes early on.

“I told him being a rookie is going to be one of the longest years in his football career,” Ansah said. “I told him to take care of his body, get his massages in and get in the cold tub and I know that he will.

“This is the NFL and it’s definitely different than college. He’ll be great, though.”

Ansah has enjoyed having Van Noy around Allen Park. He admitted, howvere, he’s going to get a little more satisfaction than normal watching the rookie Van Noy carry his helmet and pads in training camp, which is about as far as the Lions go when it comes to hazing.

"I will enjoy that," Ansah said with a laugh.