The Super Bowl was 13 days ago, yet the NFL continues to create newsworthy buzz in all facets of entertainment, sports, and equal rights. Since the conclusion of the NFL’s grandest event, the first openly gay NFL draft prospect has emerged, a retired All-Pro and Super Bowl champion was arrested on suspicion of rape, and the Ted Wells report was released. Media attention is a double-edged sword for the NFL, particularly in high-profile jobs such as a head coach. Coaches are dedicated to the job and often avidly avoid the limelight that so many of the players seek (Rex Ryan being the exception). Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is a breath of fresh air in both Philadelphia as well as American professional sports. Kelly’s personal affairs remain personal, not just regarding the Eagles, but also Chip Kelly as a person.
Chip Kelly grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and routinely visits friends and family members still living in the area. Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire, with a population of approximately 110,000 people, about seven percent of the population for the city of Philadelphia. In a city with arguably the most passionate fans in sports, Chip Kelly remains an enigma to those that don’t personally know the man. However Chip Kelly’s short responses in press conferences or about past experiences in his life appear to be more about maintaining some semblance of privacy in a world that severely lacks anything synonymous with privacy. Kelly appears to rather handle his business with sensitivity to all parties involved, regardless of severity.