Pt 3 – The Persistence of Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach and 2018 Super Bowl Champion)

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On this episode of the Thrivetime Show Clay and Z will get into the details of how Doug Pederson pushed through his playing days to earn a spot coaching in the NFL.

Going to Cleveland

Cleveland Browns
  1. 2000 – Age 32 – Pederson signed a two year contract to play for the Cleveland Browns. When the team’s starting quarterback, Tim Couch was injured started the next six games leading the team to a 1 win and 5 loss record. Pederson was injured in a week 13 game suffering severely bruised ribs.
  2. 2001 – Age 33 – Cut #9 – Peterson returned to play the final two games losing them both. Pederson was cut by the team on February 22, 2001.

 Back to Pack

Green Bay Packers (second stint)

L. 2001 – Age 33 – The Packers decided to sign Pederson as the team’s backup quarterback to Brett Favre. Pederson was the primary backup to Favre for the entire 2001 season, and was the primary place kick holder in every game.

  1. 2002 – Age 34 – He was signed to a one year $650,000 contract to backup Brett Favre. He was re-signed to a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Packers on April 2, 2002.
  2. – Age 34 – During the season Favre suffered a sprained knee and he took the field to lead the team to a 30 to 9 victory.
  3. – Age 35 – Pederson was signed to a one year $750,000 contract to serve as the team’s backup quarterback for the third season behind Brett Favre.
  4.  – Age 36 – The Packers again signed Pederson to be their backup quarterback on a one-year deal.
  5. – Age 36 – After Brett Favre got hurt verses the New York Giants the team sent in Pederson. He went 7-of-17 for 86 yards and throwing for one interception in the loss he got smashed in his side during the third quarter. He played all but the team’s final down during the game with a broken rib, a cracked bone in his back and a torn muscle in his side.
  6.  – Age 37 – Pederson retired from professional football in March 2005 to become the head coach for the Calvary Baptist Academy coach at a private high school called Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana.


  1. 2008- Age 37 – 41 – Pederson was the head coach leading the team to a 33 wins and 7 loss record and an 8 wins and 3 losses postseason record. He lead the Cavaliers to the state playoffs during each of the four years that he coached there.
  2. 2009 – Age 41 – Pederson was hired by his former coach Andy Reid to be the Philadelphia Eagles offensive quality control coach.
  3. 2011 – Age 43 – Pederson decided to follow his head coach and friend Andy Reid to his new coaching job in Kansas City as the offensive coordinator.
  4. 2016 – Age 48 – Pederson was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles to replace Chip Kelly as the team’s new head coach.
  5. 2016 – Age 48 – Although they already had the brittle, but former Heisman winning quarterback Sam Bradford on their roster, he and the team decided to Draft Carson Wentz from North Dakota State with their second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Sam Bradford was then traded to the Minnesota Vikings and Carson Wentz was named as the team’s starting quarterback.
  6. 2016 – Age 48 – During their first year together Wentz and Pederson put together a record of 7 wins and 9 losses while missing the playoffs.
  7. 2017 – Age 49 – Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson were putting together an incredible regular season when Carson Wentz experienced a devastating season-ending ACL injury. The team finished the regular season with a record of of 13 wins and 3 losses under the direction of backup quarterback Nick Foles.


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