Chippewa Falls woman: Super Bowl family ties

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Eagles fans rejoice as Philadelphia just won their first Super Bowl, but there’s also a family from the Chippewa Valley jumping for joy as someone close to them played an integral part of their Super Bowl run. SportScene 13’s Neil Hebert has the story.

As many of you may know, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson, was the backup quarterback for Brett Favre and the Packers for quite a few years back in the 90s, giving him a Wisconsin connection, but there’s one even closer than Green Bay right here in the Chippewa Valley.

“I just know that mom’s very proud of him,” Ryan Swenson said while showcasing a Doug Pederson football shrine in Cathy Pederson Swenson, his mom’s, Chippewa Falls home.

“This is from his playing days in Green Bay,” Ryan said as he pointed at Pederson’s Packer jersey in a frame right next to Super Bowl 31 tickets. Along with autographed cards and memorabilia from Doug, the newest addition, his Eagle’s coaching mug, make up the wall dedicated to his football career.

“It just shows his whole career and the different stages. I have to display it,” Cathy said.

Doug and Cathy are brother and sister. She’s proud, to say the least, of her brother.

“There’s no fame going to his head or anything,” Cathy said. “He’s just a down to earth, regular guy.”

For Cathy, she grew up in Washington with 3 younger brothers and is still a Seahawks fan, although she lives in Wisconsin, but her team loyalty travels with Doug.

“Of course, it’s the Eagles, but I like the Packers,” Cathy said. “I became a Packers fan when Doug played for the Packers, but if they’re playing the Eagles or wherever Doug is at, I’ll cheer for them.”

And she doesn’t kid around when she cheers.

“She’s a diehard football fan,” Ryan said. “Sometimes watching her, more than the game – watching her is the entertaining part. When (Julio) Jones dropped that ball in the end zone at the end, (she) got the double fist pump. She was pretty happy. She’s into the games for sure.”

You can be sure you’ll see her at the edge of her seat for years to come. She’s confident Doug will have his team in the playoffs year in and year out.

“He’ll keep perfecting whatever he can because that’s how he is,” Cathy said of Doug’s future in coaching. “He’s a perfectionist.”

The thrill of watching her brother coach in the Super Bowl is something she’ll never forget.

“It’s unbelievable, a once in a lifetime experience,” Cathy said, “and I’m just so privileged to be able to come and experience this weekend with my family.”

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