The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time by beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in an extraordinary encounter in Minneapolis.
The Eagles are NFL champions for the first time in the Super Bowl era, for the first time since three weeks before the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. And it never would have happened without the head coach whom USA Today ranked seventh of seven new NFL coaching hires in January 2016.
Doug Pederson is a coach of the people. No idea is too weird. No time to run a play is ever inopportune. He is a Super Bowl champion in his second year as an NFL head coach, in part, because of one of the strangest play calls in Super Bowl history, called on fourth down late in the first half in a three-point game, the biggest game of his life.
Following the game, Eagles coach Doug Pederson proclaimed his faith and thanked Jesus Christ for the opportunity.
On what this victory means to him and the city of Philadelphia: “Obviously it’s rewarding to win the Super Bowl and lead these guys, but listen, my hat is off to the staff, to the ownership, to the players, to the fans. Our fans have been waiting a long time for this, and Mr. Lurie has been waiting a long time for this, and I’m so excited to be a part of it and obviously bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Philadelphia. I just can’t wait to get back there and celebrate with our fans.”
“How do you explain this, that nine years ago you’re coaching in high school and here you are with this trophy?” Dan Patrick asked.
“I can only give the praise to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity and I’m going to tell you something: I’ve got the best players in the world.”