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Class of 2001by: Steve Silverman
© September 2001
When Ralph Friedgen met the press during hype week at Super Bowl XXIX in January of 1995, he faced an important question. "Wouldn't you like to be a head coach some day?" the media asked.
At the time, Friedgen was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. His team was getting ready to battle the 49ers in a contest that would become one of the most devastating offensive performances in Super Bowl history. The Chargers would be on the wrong end of those offensive fireworks.
Friedgen had already put in his time, having started off as a graduate assistant at Maryland in 1972 and worked his way steadily up the ranks. Nobody would have said that he was not ready. But Friedgen was patient - or at least he knew how to give the patient answer to the media horde at the Super Bowl. "Sure, I'd like to be a head coach and I'm sur....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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