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Letter: For football coach, a well-deserved honor

I met Chip Kelly while we were teammates on the UNH football team. His ascent from New Hampshire high school player to NFL head coach is remarkable and due to his emergence as a successful coach, then offensive coordinator at UNH, and then offensive coordinator and head coach at the University of Oregon where he masterminded the quick spread offense.

I clearly recall two salient characteristics of Kelly: his invariably positive attitude and his selflessness. Conversations were always more about you than him; he gave credit where it was due.

So I was not surprised to read what Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, had to say about his new head coach: “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us” (“Kelly lands with Eagles after all,” Monitor Sports page, Jan. 17). Sounds like Chip.

There is no one I know more deserving of the success he has had in football. With what he has achieved so far, that should continue in the NFL.

Congratulations, Coach Kelly, and good luck. I will keep an eye on the Eagles.



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