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December 15, 2018

Giants coach Pat Shurmur taking advantage of weekend off to go cheer on his son as Vanderbilt plays host to Florida

October 11, 2018

Giants coach Pat Shurmur is going on the road to watch a college quarterback play this weekend, but he won’t be scouting as much as he’ll be there to cheer.

Shurmur’s son Kyle, a Vanderbilt senior, will quarterback the Commodores on Saturday afternoon against the Florida Gators in Nashville.




And thanks to the Giants playing on Thursday Night Football, Pat Shurmur for the first time this fall will get to watch one of Kyle’s senior season games in person, the Daily News has learned.

Pat Shurmur will get a chance to see his son Kyle in action for Vanderbilt this weekend thanks to Giants playing the Thursday game. (John Bazemore / AP)

Kyle Shurmur has completed 118 of 187 passes (60.4%) for 1,400 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Vanderbilt (3-3) is trying to bounce back from a 41-13 road loss at Georgia.

Pat Shurmur, as an NFL head coach, has priorities that obviously have kept him from following his son’s senior year in person, but at least for one weekend he’ll get to support his son in person.

And just wait: soon he’ll have to sit and watch Kyle throw at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. That will be interesting.

BACK IN 1999

In 1999, Pat Shurmur, then 34 years old, was Andy Reid’s offensive line and tight ends coach in Reid’s first season in Philadelphia, and Doug Pederson, then 31 years old, was the Eagles’ starting quarterback.

It was Shurmur’s first NFL job after eight years running Michigan State’s tight ends and one coaching Stanford’s offensive line. And Pederson had followed Reid from Green Bay to be the Eagles’ QB until that year’s No. 2 overall pick, Donovan McNabb, was ready to take over.

Pederson started nine games in his only season in Philly, as McNabb took over mid-year. Now, Pederson is coming off a Super Bowl LII victory and Shurmur is in his second head coaching stint about to go head-to-head with a fellow product of the Reid coaching tree.

“I know a lot about Doug,” Shurmur said this week. “I was a young assistant in Philly when we brought him in as a player, and he really was the bridge to (Donovan) McNabb playing, they drafted McNabb and Doug played the first half of the season and did a really good job. He was with (Andy Reid) in Green Bay, so he was able to add kind of the background to the stuff we were trying to do. He did an excellent job of working with Donovan at that time, and then we’ve just maintained a professional friendship through the years. He’s had success, and to his credit, he helped his team win a Super Bowl.”

Pederson said of his relationship with Shurmur: “The first time I met Pat Shurmur, he was the tight ends coach on Coach Reid’s staff back in 1999 when I was the free agent quarterback that signed with the Eagles, that’s the first time I had a chance to meet Pat Shurmur and get to know him a little bit. We’ve always stayed in touch, obviously when he left the Eagles to become I believe the coordinator in St. Louis, then eventually the head coach in Cleveland.

“I always followed his career, and he and I have always talked, whether we see each other at the (NFL) Combine, whether we’re playing against him, now coaching against him, have a really good relationship,” Pederson added. “I think it’s a tribute to Coach Reid, Coach Shurmur being a former coach and myself as a former player and eventually working for Coach Reid, and just having guys go on to be coaches. I’ve got a lot of respect for what he’s done and what he’s been through and followed his career, and I think he’s done a great job over his career, and he’s going to continue to be successful.”

The last time Pederson and Shurmur coached against each other was in last season’s NFC Championship Game, too, of course, when Shurmur was Minnesota’s offensive coordinator but Pederson’s Eagles blew out the Vikings in South Philly, 38-7, on their way to winning Super Bowl LII.

PHILLY IN MANY WAYS IS HOME

Shurmur and his family in many ways consider the Philadelphia/South Jersey area their true home. They lived in Cinnaminson, N.J., for 10 years when Shurmur coached under Reid (1999-2008) and in Center City Philadelphia for three years when he returned as Chip Kelly’s offensive coordinator (2013-15).

“When I was with Chip, we lived in Center City. I didn’t cut grass,” Shurmur said this spring with a smirk. “That wasn’t bad.”

Pat’s son, Kyle, finished his high school ball at LaSalle College High School in nearby Wyndmoor, Pa., transferring there as a junior in 2013-14. And two of Pat and Jennifer Shurmur’s daughters, Allyson and Erica, are college graduates who live and work in Philadelphia.




But Shurmur is now all-New York and hoping to steal the NFC East from his former team in the City of Brotherly Love.




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