Doug Pederson tops Frank Reich to benefit the Eagles Autism Challenge

Doug Pederson is known for his aggressiveness on the football field as a head coach. Well, it extends to the links as well.

Pederson participated in the American Century Championship golf tournament this weekend at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Nevada. To add just a little more sizzle to the scorching temperatures, Pederson and Colts head coach Frank Reich put some money on the line for a good cause.

Pederson easily beat Reich, by a score of 20 to -24 using the modified Stableford system. As a result, Reich will make a donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge.

“It’s great competition. Fun to compete against Frank,” Pederson said Sunday after signing his scorecard. “What’s best is that there is a donation coming to Eagles Autism Challenge.”

“Back in Philadelphia, I gave Doug a run for his money a couple of times, but he is clearly the better player," said Reich, the offensive coordinator under Pederson on the Super Bowl LII-winning team. "More importantly, I’m thrilled to make this donation because I know firsthand the great work that Eagles Autism Challenge does.”

Last year, Pederson had a similar bet with Saints head coach Sean Payton. Pederson came out on top and Payton made a $5,000 donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge.

The second annual Eagles Autism Challenge raised more than $3.5 million for autism research and care, thanks to 25,301 donors and the 3,645 participants who came out to bike, run, and walk on Saturday, May 18 at Lincoln Financial Field.

One hundred percent of the participant-raised funds, over $6 million in the two years, will be directed to the groundbreaking research being conducted at three leading Philadelphia institutions: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.

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