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Catching Up With Mike Shanahan’s Plans

Posted by James Ho on June 13, 2013 – 12:30 pm

(AP Images)

(AP Images)

Mike Shanahan will be spending the rest of the offseason doing everything he can to impress NFL coaching staffs.

Wait, what?

You read that correctly ladies and gentlemen.

Mike Shanahan is working to show off his ability to be an effective passing threat and run-blocker.

Now you’re all probably wondering the same thing I am–‘What is Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan doing blocking and catching passes?’

Well, he isn’t.

While perusing through my usual online sports periodicals, I stumbled upon an interesting little tidbit of information. The National Football League has two Mike Shanahans.

One of them is a two-time Super Bowl champion head coach who can be seen patrolling the sidelines in our Nation’s Capital, and of course led the burgundy and gold to a division title in 2012.

As for the other, well let’s just say his resume isn’t quite as extensive.

The “other” Mike Shanahan is an undrafted rookie tight end for the New York Jets.

The relation between the two–absolutely nothing.

The “other” Shanahan played wide receiver at The University of Pittsburgh and converted to tight end in order to play in the pros. He comes from a basketball family from North Huntingdon, PA and is just 23 years old.

As different as the two may be, there is one parallel that can be drawn between the growth of Coach Shanahan’s career, and the “other” Shanahan’s actual growth.

By the time the player Shanahan was eight or nine years old (so 1997-98), Coach Shanahan had just won his first Super Bowl as the Denver Broncos head coach.

I imagine at least a joke or two was cracked during the younger Shanhan’s grade school days, but if you ask me, I wouldn’t take offense to being confused for one of the great coaches in NFL history.

Now will the younger of the two ever live up to his namesake?

That’s probably an unfair question and expectation, but you never know. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see how the “other” Mike Shanahan stacks up by the end of his career.

The rookie’s profile from this past draft can be found here.

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