Doug Pederson is a former American football quarterback who is currently the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has coached other teams and served in lesser capacities before he was promoted to his current position. Doug has faced many challenging times in his coaching career as he was tossed back and forth by teams and even when he became a head coach, he had very little support.
But despite the highs and lows, he persisted and has not only become one of the brightest and most dynamic head coaches today in the National Football League (NFL), but he has also ranked up to the best coaches in the NFL and has chronicled his life challenges and his successes into a soon to become best-selling book. He is the author of Fearless: How An Underdog Becomes A Champion.
Doug Pederson’s Biography
Doug Pederson was born January 31, 1968, in Bellingham, Washington and his star sign is Aquarius. He was born Douglas Irving Pederson to his parents – Teri and Gordon Pederson. His father worked with Intalco Works, one of the largest distributors of aluminum and Columbian chemicals.
For his high school education, Doug attended Ferndale High School where he was a three-sport athlete. He played basketball, baseball, football and excelled in all three of them but when it was time for college, he chose football. He attended the University of Louisiana where he played college football as a quarterback from 1987 to 1990.
In May 1991, he was signed to the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent but did not play a single game for the team. He was waived two months later, in August and spent the year without a team but was drafted by the New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football (WLAF) in March 1992 as a backup quarterback to Reggie Slacks. The Dolphins would, however, re-sign him in March 1993 and in October, he played his first NFL game for the Dolphins in a win over the New York Giants.
In 1995, he was waived again by the Dolphins and he moved on to play for the Green Bay Packers as a backup quarterback. He signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 worth $4.5 million. He would go on to have a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns in 2000 before rejoining the Packers again the following year on a one year contract where he stayed, renewing his contract on a yearly basis until March 2005when he announced his retirement.
Doug Pederson was hired as head coach of a Christian private school known as Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. During his tenure as coach, his team was in the state playoff for four straight years. In 2007, he led the team to their first-ever district title and they were only eliminated in the semi-final.
In 2009, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles as the new quality control coach. Two years later, he was promoted to quarterback coach. In 2013, Doug moved to Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive coordinator and there he served for three years, assisting his longtime head coach, Andy Reid. On January 2016 he was re-hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as head coach this time.
He was criticized as the least qualified coach to ever land such a top job, however, Doug succeeded in winning the Super Bowl without the most impressive of players. This singular success immediately made him the talk of town and he went from being the least qualified to ranking up among other head coaches like Jon Gruden, John Harbaugh, Sean Payton and others who have won the Super Bowl.
What is His Net Worth?
Doug Pederson began his coaching career in 2005 and over the years, his net worth has increased coupled with his earnings from a Super Bowl win – an opportunity every coach dreams about. He is currently worth $19 million. In May 2018, he signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles which was extended just three months into the previous contract. He signed a contract extension in August of the same year which pushed his contract with the franchise to 2022.
Doug Pederson’s Wife and Family
They say true love finds you at the most unexpected place and for Doug, it was on a blind date with Jeanie. Blind dates can be so unexciting, but this wasn’t the case for Doug and his beloved wife. The two met in 1990 at Johnny’s Pizza in Munroe, Louisiana and got married a year after. At the time, he was a college senior while Jeanie was still in senior high; these two desperately needed to be together and couldn’t wait to graduate from school.
Life was not rosy for the couple at the time as Doug was trying to build a career for himself while Jeanie was in school studying to get a degree in nursing but they held on to each other and weathered the storms together. They have three sons together. Doug has admitted his family has been his biggest support and motivation both as a player moving around the country playing for different teams and as a coach. They currently live in New Jersey.