Doug Pederson: From Underdog to Champion

You likely know Doug Pederson from his integral role as head coach during the Eagles' legendary 2018 Super Bowl run, and he sets a wonderful example of a true champion and leader. Coach Pederson is a featured honoree at the Kids at Heart Gala in May! 

“Turning Points for Children Champion of Change”

Doug Pederson is most recently known and celebrated for leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the team’s first Super Bowl title in franchise history, a feat he accomplished in just his second season as the team’s head coach. The road he took to get there wasn’t easy. His path to success is something that  deeply resonates with Turning Points' values of embracing persistence and strength in the face of all odds. His method of personally connecting with his players on and off the field reminds us of the individualistic approach that Turning Points takes with understanding and interacting with our clients.

Coach Pederson might be described as an underdog’s underdog. Entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent, he played 14 years as a backup quarterback and won a Super Bowl as part of the Green Bay Packers. After retiring from playing in 2004, Doug began coaching at the high school level when he took on the role as head coach of the Calvary Baptist Academy football team in Shreveport, Louisiana. After four successful years at Calvary, including the school’s first district title, Coach Pederson joined the Philadelphia Eagles as an offensive quality control coach, helping the team set single-season franchise scoring records in back-to-back years. He assisted an offense that recorded a then-franchise-record, which ranked second in the NFL that season, and a then-franchise-record points scored, which ranked third in the league. 

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Stay tuned next week for our second “Champion of Change” honoree story!
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