MONROE, La, (KNOE) - An NLU football great paid a visit to his alma mater this weekend.
Superbowl LII champion Doug Pederson checked out some X's and O's at ULM's annual spring game yesterday, but he also had a surprise in store afterward.
It was a jam-packed weekend at ULM to celebrate Superbowl winning coach and NLU legend Doug Pederson.
The former quarterback went back to his roots to check out ULM's football team and took a trip down memory lane in the process.
"...a lot of memories,” said Pederson. “Brought back a lot of emotion for me. To play my college football here. To get an education, get a degree and to see this right now this is special."
Much of those memories come from an illustrious career for the Indians. Pederson was a three-year starter and *still* holds five single-game records.
But now, he can add super bowl champion to it, adding to Northeast Louisiana's football history.
And building on a legacy that many a ULM still remember.
"I think it was a very cool thing that even though he has graduated he took the time to come back even though how busy he's gotten and how popular he has gotten," said ULM student Joseph Parton.
"I think it's going to provide some opportunities because it's going to bring recognition to the university in a way it hasn't been recognized in many years for the fact that he is a graduate and alumni from ULM," said Joseph's father, Michael Parton.
But it wasn't all X's and O's for Coach P. On Saturday night, he helped bridge the gap between NLU and ULM in more ways than one. His son Josh, is keeping the Pederson name alive on the field, while new uniforms and a brand new logo almost take the school back to Doug's playing days.
"...the new colors to take me back in time just a little bit," said Pederson.
Taking him back for just one more reminder of where he comes from.
The event was the official kick-off of ULM's football season-ticket sales and it was as a fundraiser for the Warhawk football program.