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He once coached defensive backs in the Triangle. He’s now a Super Bowl champ.

Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz celebrates after the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.
Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz celebrates after the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. AP

In Philadelphia’s Super Bowl win over New England on Sunday, there was one Eagles coach on the sidelines who got his start on a different Eagles team from the Triangle.

Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz coached N.C. Central’s defensive backs in 1991, his lone season in Durham.

N.C. Central’s head coach at the time was Bishop Harris, and the Eagles finished 4-6. Schwartz left Durham to coach the linebackers at Colgate in 1992 before getting his first crack at the NFL in 1993, doing research for the Cleveland Browns staff for two seasons. The Browns coach at the time was Bill Belichick, currently the head coach of the New England Patriots.

Schwartz, 51, got his first head coaching job in 2009, a five-year stint with the Lions. He led the team to the 2011 playoffs, the Lions’ first postseason appearance since 1999. Schwartz was fired in 2013 after Detroit finished 7-9. His overall record with the Lions was 29-51 with one playoff appearance. He’s been the defensive coordinator in Philadelphia since 2016.

Former N.C. Central defensive back Greg Williams-Evans played for Schwartz in 1991 and left Durham as the career leader in passes defended with 59 pass breakups, 14 interceptions and 73 passes defended. Williams-Evans and Jarrod Chapman are tied in the N.C. Central record books for fifth place in passes defended with 15 each in 1991. Williams-Evans also ranks ninth in school history in career tackles with 247 and had a career-high 79 stops in 1991, the one season he played under Schwartz.

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