Doug Pederson had plenty of interesting things to say during his 25-minute media session with reporters on Tuesday.
But let’s not allow that to take away from the star of the show: Pederson’s Zoom background.
While some of the other items from the background are cool, the star of the show were his two replica Lombardi Trophies. One came from Super Bowl LII, which he won as a head coach with the Eagles. The other is from Super Bowl XXXI as a player with the Packers.
You never know when you gotta pull those out from time to time just to remind people what we’ve accomplished in Philadelphia and places I’ve been,” Pederson said on the WIP Morning Show Wednesday. “They’re all in the past and we’re moving forward and hopefully we can get us another one.
That might not be a bad reminder for his players, especially his young ones, when Pederson addresses the team.
Aside from the Lombardi Trophies, there were plenty of other items to enjoy in his background too. Pederson gave credit to his wife Jeannie for doing a lot of the work.
“I can’t hide anything from you, man,” he said. “My wife did a lot of the interior design. Some of my trophies and game balls I’ve had over my career as a player and as a coach. We just set those up. I had them up for the draft and just decided to keep everything the way it is.”
Also visible in his shot were some mini helmets, a few game balls, an autographed banner, a giant paperweight (?) with “Philly Philly” and, my personal favorite, a sign that reads, “ANY MAN CAN BE A FATHER IT TAKES SOMEONE SPECIAL TO BE A DAD”
Perhaps the only downside of Pederson’s Zoom situation was the backlighting from the window. It sometimes made him look like a divine being.
In the last few months, seeing into people’s homes has become commonplace. Everyone on Zoom calls or FaceTime has been strategically figuring out what they want to present to those watching. I talked with Shaun Bradley before he was drafted about conducting Zoom calls with NFL teams; he made sure to set up a Temple helmet at some game books.
There’s a popular Twitter handle, @ratemyskyperoom, that has been rating home backgrounds. They haven’t given Pederson a rating yet, so I figured I’d give it a go:
Backlight isn’t great. And Pederson has authored an autobiography that should probably be prominently featured. But the combination of memorabilia and perfect framing as the meat in a Lombardi sandwich is tremendous – 8/10.
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