Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DaVaris Daniels' Father, Phillip, to Coach in Super Bowl with Eagles

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DaVaris Daniels' Father, Phillip, to Coach in Super Bowl with Eagles

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Daniels' father to coach in Super Bowl


DaVaris Daniels has more than just a passing interest in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

His father, Phillip, is an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, who'll face the New England Patriots at US Bank Stadium. After playing in two straight Grey Cups with the Calgary Stampeders, Daniels will make a third consecutive championship game appearance Sunday albeit as a fan in Minneapolis, Minn.

"That will be really hard for me," Daniels said with a chuckle. "As a player you have control over your preparation and what you want to do in the game.

"Being a fan and having no control on what happens, that's the hardest part."

Phillip Daniels is completing his third season as Philadelphia's defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach but making his first Super Bowl appearance. The 44-year-old played 15 NFL seasons as a defensive lineman with Seattle (1996-99), Chicago (2000-03) and Washington (2004-10) and inspired his son to follow in his footsteps.

"My dad gave me something to strive for early in my life," Daniels said. "I always wanted to be a football player like him.

"He's always been there to give me words of encouragement or advice on how to be a professional. I've always taken that to heart, he's taught me some pretty good lessons."

One of the most important was how to deal with losing in football.

"Early on as a kid I just hated losing and I'd cry (after a loss)," Daniels said. "My dad taught me you're going to have losses in football and life and you've got to learn how to deal with them.

"I've been through a lot and he's always been there to help me get through it all."

Daniels' first two seasons in Calgary put that life lesson to the test. Both times, the heavily favoured Stampeders lost in the Grey Cup (39-33 in overtime to Ottawa in 2016, 27-24 last year to Toronto).

"This last one, especially, really hurt because it was my third time (losing a championship game)," Daniels said.

Daniels' first setback came in the '13 BCS championship game while at Notre Dame. He had six catches for a career-high 115 yards in the Irish's 42-14 loss to Alabama.

Daniels is scheduled to become a CFL free agent Feb. …

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