SAN DIEGO (CBSLA) — Following the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win, safety Eric Weddle announced his second retirement from football — but not completely.
He is expected to take the reins at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego at the end of the 2022 season, which will be his first foray into coaching.
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Weddle will replace current head coach Tristan McCoy, who has held the position since 2010. However, in a Facebook post, the school said McCoy will continue to be part of its organization.
Weddle brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to the school after a long 14-year career in the NFL.
A Fontana native, he grew up in Alta Loma, where he attended Alta Loma High School, earning numerous accolades during his four years of football, including two All-CIF selections. Weddle then joined the Utah Utes where he was a starter for four years, a consensus All-American and a two-time Mountain Western Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
The San Diego Chargers selected Weddle in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He would remain with the franchise through 2015, winning all five of his NFL All-Pro selection, two of which were first team and three were second . – The team nods. He also appeared in three Pro Bowls as a Charger.
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In 2016, Weddle would move to the Baltimore Ravens where he was named to three additional Pro Bowls.
He will join his third team in 2019, when he signs a two-year, $10.5 million contract. After their final game of 2020, he would retire – for the first time.
It would only last one season, when Weddle joined the Rams at the start of their playoff run on January 12, after news broke that team safety Jordan Fuller would miss the playoffs. After finally earning a Super Bowl ring in the team’s 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Weddle has officially retired for the second time.
He finished his NFL career with 1,179 tackles (including 903 solo tackles), 29 interceptions and 98 pass deflections. He was also named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2010 Team of the Decade.
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Now Weddle joins a high school with an established history of success. During their time under Coach McCoy, the Broncos went 73–52 with a 2015 CIF Championship.