Wade Phillips rolled into Atlanta in style.
Long live Wade Phillips
As if you needed another reason to root for the Rams in the Super Bowl, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is giving it to you. The 71-year-old longtime assistant is always good for a great quote—“Unfortunately, I get older but Tom Brady doesn’t,” he said last week—just like his dad Bum. The elder Phillips, who coached the Oilers and Saints, was so renowned for his quips that there’s a whole section of his Wikipedia page dedicated to them.
Phillips was always close to his father, who died in 2013 at age 90, and goes by @sonofbum on Twitter. On Sunday, with wintry weather in the forecast in Atlanta, Phillips decided to bust out his dad’s sheepskin coat for the trip.
Phillips hasn’t said whether the coat belonged to Bum, but it looks identical to this one the old coach wore in the ’80s while coaching the Saints, right down to the darker patches on the sides.
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From the two minutes I watched and the highlights I saw online, this year’s Pro Bowl seemed less worth watching than it usually is. Besides Jason Garrett’s offense scoring just one touchdown in a defense-optional game, the story of Sunday was how bad a day Jason Witten was having. First, he implied Patrick Mahomes and Eric Ebron were teammates.
(Although, he corrected himself later.)
And then he went out and broke the Pro Bowl trophy.
Who even knew the Pro Bowl had a trophy?
Oh wait, there was also this supremely stupid play.
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