Eagles Head Coach Doug Peterson recalls his big moment in Dolphins history
Philadelphia, PA (CBS12) —
When it comes to great quarterbacks in Miami Dolphins history, Bob Griese and Dan Marino instantly come to mind. But back in 1993, a then unknown quarterback led the Dolphins to history in Philadelphia, and little did he know then, he would one day he would be the head coach of the Eagles.
On November 14th, 1993, Don Shula was on the precipice of history. A victory over the Eagles at Veterans Stadium would give him victory number 325, breaking the all-time coaching wins record.
But star quarterback Dan Marino had suffered a season ending achilles injury, and in the third quarter with the Dolphins trailing by 1, backup quarterback Scott Mitchell hurt his shoulder on a sack. The third string quarterback Doug Pederson stepped in, a guy who had never thrown an NFL pass.
"A lot of people were saying, grab your helmet.," said a young Peterson after the game that night. "(They were all saying) go, go, go."
"Its a crazy business," says Peterson, as he prepares for Thursday's game against the Eagles. "A lot of people think that it was Dan Marino or Scott Mitchell that had that win, but it was little old me."
Perderson only completed three passes, but his maturity under pressure helped keep the Dolphins' offense calm, and led them to what would be the game winning field goal.
"Seeing Dan Marino on crutches, and Scott Mitchell injured," said head coach Don Shula after that game in 1993. "(it was impressive) seeing Doug Pederson, as calm as he was."
"I love watching highlights of that game," admits Peterson. "It ranks right under the super bowl win."