49ers coach Chip Kelly returns after father's funeral
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Coach Chip Kelly returned to the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday after being away for two days for his father's funeral and he got some hugs from his players as he walked out to the practice field.
Paul Kelly died at age 87 last Friday, apparently of a heart attack. Chip Kelly flew to Maine to be with his family immediately following Sunday's game in Chicago and returned to the Bay Area on Tuesday night after attending the funeral.
Paul Kelly was so loyal to his son that he wanted to be buried in a 49ers sweatsuit instead of a suit like he wore during his career as a trial lawyer.
Kelly told the team about his father's death last Saturday night in Chicago and then coached the loss against the Bears before leaving for the funeral.