Former N. Arizona coaches making waves in NFL

Northern Arizona, a "Cradle of Coaches"? Well, yeah, you'd have to say so looking at today's NFL.

With the appointment of BILL CALLAHAN as the new Oakland Raiders' head coach, there are now four NFL head coaches who once coached at the Division I-AA school that is nestled in Flagstaff, Arizona in one of the world's largest ponderosa pine forests.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks tie the University of Pittsburgh as the schools with the most coaching alumni who are NFL head coaches this year.

The "Lumberjack Four" is comprised of Callahan, Detroit's MARTY MORNHINWEG, Philadelphia's ANDY REID and Denver's MIKE SHANAHAN.

Callahan (offensive line coach at Northern Arizona from 1987-88) and Mornhinweg were on the same staff at the school in 1988.

Callahan had succeeded Reid as the Lumberjacks' offensive line coach. Shanahan was an assistant there in 1977.

"I've talked to my wife about it several times," says Callahan. "Can you believe we were all on the same staff? Now look where we are professionally. It's ironic that we were all there at that place and time and have done what we've done. It's unbelievable how everything is always interconnected. It's funny how things come around."


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