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Doug Pederson Honors Roy Halladay At Phillies Home Opener


Head coach Doug Pederson admitted to reporters after throwing out the first pitch at the Phillies' home opener on Thursday that he was the "most nervous he felt in a sporting event in a long time."

He was quickly reminded of the Super Bowl, which drew a chuckle out of Pederson as he said that he was pretty nervous for that as well.

Pederson, team president Don Smolenski, and Howie Roseman were on the field hoisting up the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the fans at Citizens Bank Park to witness. Pederson then took off his jacket and walked to the pitcher's mound sporting a No. 34 Phillies jersey to honor the late Roy Halladay, who tragically died in a plane crash back in November.

"I knew coming in that they were going to honor him and his family, one of the great Phillies," Pederson told NBC Sports Philadelphia. "I think it was just a great opportunity for me and the Eagles organization to represent him and the Phillies. I really wanted to honor him with wearing it."

He did just that.

Despite any nerves, Pederson took the mound and looked in control just like he was two months ago when the Eagles stunned the Patriots in Super Bowl LII and delivered a perfect strike.

"My only concern was hitting the mitt," he said.

Check out photos from Coach Doug Pederson's ceremonial first pitch at the Phillies' home opener.

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