In its second year, the Eagles High School Football Showdown, sponsored by the Rothman Institute at Jefferson, recognizes high school football teams and coaches in the tri-state area. Eight times during the season, fans voted on which matchup would become the ‘Game of the Week’. The participating schools and coaches received visits from SWOOP and Eagles Cheerleaders at the game and were awarded grant money to put towards their athletic programs. Each winning Coach will get a chance to be voted the Eagles Coach of the Year in November, with the winner becoming the team nominee for the NFL Don Shula Coach of the Year. All eight coaches will be recognized on the field at the Eagles vs Cowboys game on December 31, 2017.
Every year, each NFL team nominates a high school football coach to be considered for the Don Shula Coach of the Year award, which honors coaches that display integrity, achievement and leadership within their school and community. Each team’s coach will be invited to 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL to participate in the USA Football National Conference, attend the game and enjoy other activities throughout the week. Submissions are reviewed by a group of panelists, with finalists receiving grant money from the NFL Foundation. The winner will be revealed at a Press Conference during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis.