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Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Everybody knows Andy Reid was in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Monday Night Football as a kid.

Everybody knows Big Red is the seventh coach to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl.

Everybody knows Reid has coached the most games in NFL history without a championship.

But there’s a lot about Big Red you probably never knew.

Such as … 

Going door to door: In 1986, Andy Reid, Brad Childress and Tom Melvin were all assistant coaches under Larry Kentera at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. NAU wasn’t a high-powered football program back then, and one of the responsibilities of the assistant coaches was to go door-to-door in the community trying to raise money. The coaches went out in pairs, and one year, Reid and Childress were assigned some of the tiny Native American villages located north of Flagstaff and just south of the Grand Canyon. Reid and Childress found themselves knocking on the doors of tiny Indian Pueblos asking for donations from people who had no idea what football was. Thirteen years later, Reid, Childress and Melvin were all coaching with the Eagles.  

95 percent chance: After he was fired by the Eagles following the 2012 season, Reid was quickly linked with the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching job. The Cards had just fired Ken Whisenhunt after one year, and Reid was such a strong candidate for the Cards job that Adam Schefter, who is NEVER wrong, tweeted that a source told him there was a 95 percent chance Reid would wind up coaching the Cards. Reid had interviews scheduled with the Chiefs and Cards, but he never made it to Phoenix. The Chiefs interviewed him at Philadelphia Airport and hired him on the spot, before he could catch his flight to Arizona. 

“Get your peanuts here:” As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Reid worked as a peanut vendor at Dodger Stadium.

Secret visits: During the summer of 2009, when beloved defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was battling cancer, Reid quietly and with nobody knowing left training camp nearly every night after practice, film study and meetings and drove from Lehigh to Philadelphia to visit Jim in the hospital.  

Serving at love: Reid met his wife of 38 years, Tammy, in a Fundamentals of Tennis class when they were students at Brigham Young in 1980.

A chance meeting: Reid coached at San Francisco State from 1983 through 1985, and at the same time world-renowned activist Angela Davis taught ethnic studies at the same university. As it turned out, Reid’s office and Davis’s office were not only in the same building but along the same hallway, and the two often had long conversations at the water fountain. About what? We can only imagine. 

“Touchdown Nelly!”: Reid’s youth basketball coach was Pete Arbogast, who is now the offiical radio play-by-play voice of USC basketball and football. Yup, the guy who called all those Nelson Agholor TD catches was Andy Reid’s youth basketball coach.

Together since 1983: When Reid first arrived at San Francisco State as offensive line coach in 1983, one of his players was Tom Melvin. Reid was 25 and Melvin was 23. Today, 37 years later, the two are still together. They first worked together in 1984 and 1985 at San Francisco State then for one year at Northern Arizona. From 1991 through 1998, Melvin was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Reid was on Mike Holmgren's Packers staff. When Reid was hired by the Eagles in 1999, he brought in Melvin as a quality control coach and then promoted him to tight ends in 2002. He’s served as Reid’s tight ends coach all seven years in K.C. as well. So the two have spent 29 of the last 37 years together.

Grease is the word: Reid attended Marshall High in Los Angeles, the same school that produced Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Ito, Heidi Fless and Julia “Catwoman” Newmar and where the interior scenes for the movie Grease were filmed.

They signed who???: Reid was named head coach of the Eagles on Jan. 11, 1999. The first three players the Eagles signed after that were Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Doug Pederson.

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Terrell Owens launches 'COVID-19 Driveway Challenge' complete with situp video

Terrell Owens launches 'COVID-19 Driveway Challenge' complete with situp video

Never one to be left out, Terrell Owens has chimed in with his own social distancing home workout challenge, and it will take Eagles fans back.

Owens, aiming for people spending extra time at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, launched the "COVID-19 Driveway Challenge" on Monday evening, piggybacking off recent home exercise social media trends like the "See 10, Do 10" pushup videos.

Owens attempted to start his own movement with a video, filmed in a driveway, eerily similar to the classic 2005 situps he did while holding out as a member of the Eagles:

"All y'all stayin' at home, stayin' safe, let's get this workout in," Owens says in the video. "I need 19 situps, just like I did back in '04, '05, when I did my situps in the driveway." 

Say what you will about Owens: he's nothing if not on brand, even during a global health crisis.

Owens didn't detail whether he's looking to raise money for COVID-19 research, or simply awareness about responsible social distancing.

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Why ESPN picking Carson Wentz over Aaron Rodgers isn't an insane take

Why ESPN picking Carson Wentz over Aaron Rodgers isn't an insane take

ESPN's First Take is a build-your-own hot take generator, but former NFL quarterback and current ESPN personality Dan Orlovsky usually tries to stay away from saying stuff just for reaction.

Which is why Orlovsky's assessment Monday of the five best quarterbacks in the NFC generated so much... discussion? Fury? It was kind of both.

Orlovsky said, in no uncertain terms, that he ranks Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz as the fourth-best QB in the NFC, behind Russell Wilson (yep), Tom Brady (likely), and Drew Brees (yep). 

This, of course, puts Wentz ahead of Aaron Rodgers:

Unsurprisingly, Orlovsky had to deal with angry football fans all day, sifting through tons of tweets calling him out of whack and (kind of hilariously) demanding he be drug tested. You can go look at his timeline for the horror show.

I'm here to defend Orlovsky. Yes, Rodgers is one of the greats. And yes, in a vacuum there is zero comparison between the Packers legend and Wentz.

But heading into the 2020 season, knowing what we know about each QB, I'm also taking Wentz.

Rodgers has seen his completion percentage fall in each of the last four seasons, he posted the second-lowest yards-per-attempt mark of his career in 2019, and he turns 37 in December. Last year, he tossed too many errant passes on would-be easy completions. It felt like he'd turned the corner, and his prime was over.

Wentz, on the other hand, made do with embarassingly bad skill position players and led the Eagles to the playoffs with numerous clutch throws in December.

One of Rodgers' greatest remaining skills is his ability to avoid interceptions, throwing just six over his last 32 regular season games. You know who else has low INT numbers? Wentz, who posted a higher completion percentage than Rodgers in 2019 while working with you and me at wide receiver.

And Wentz, a decade younger than Rodgers and still growing as a passer, also has the added benefit of being an athletic, mobile quarterback.

The greats age, and eventually are no longer great. It happens, and it's happening here.

It took guts for Orlovsky to put Wentz ahead of Rodgers in 2020, but I'm glad he did - because now everyone else can do the same.

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