Born to Polish immigrants (1916) in New Jersey, Zazula was an All-State quarterback (1935) and a member of Canton McKinley's 1934 state championship team. Starred for the University of Akron from 1937 through 1939, making All-Ohio both at quarterback and at fullback. Had a record 77-yard punt against University of Toledo and a then-record 96-yard kickoff return against Baldwin-Wallace College. Make Little All-America honorable mention and captioned the 1939 Associated Press second All-Ohio team. Played at 160 pounds and was compared to "Red" Cochrane among UA power runners of all time. Went to University of Oregon as a Jimmy Aiken aide in 1947. Joined ex-Akron U teammate Dick Miller at North Dakota University in 1948 and was named head football coach, succeeding Miller in 1950. Named North Dakota Football Coach of the Year in 1953. A few years back he retired as the school's track and cross country mentor.