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in 2005, leading Denver to a 13-3 record, an AFC West title and a berth in the AFC Championship Game while throwing for 3,366 yards. McPherson in 2006 helped ease rookie quarterback Jay Cutler’s transition into the NFL as the first-round draft choice started Denver’s final five games and made league history in the process. Cutler became the first rookie in NFL history and one of only two players in league annals to throw at least two touchdown passes in each of his first four games. McPherson was hired by the Broncos following a four-year coaching stint at his high school alma mater, Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif. In addition to football, his duties included teaching English, algebra and physical fitness at the school. During his tenure at Bellarmine, the football team compiled a record of 35-11, won three consecutive league titles and made one section championship appearance. He also gained valuable coaching experience volunteering with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996, serving in a defensive quality control capacity. McPherson holds a bachelor’s degree in English and an MBA from Santa Clara, where he captained the football team and was voted Most Inspirational Player as an inside linebacker during his senior season of 1992. He began his collegiate career in 1987 at UCLA, where he received the Charles Pike Award, which recognizes the school’s outstanding freshman football player. McPherson signed with the 49ers as a rookie free agent in 1993. His father, Bill McPherson, coached in the NFL for 21 years and worked as a personnel consultant for the San Francisco 49ers before retiring in February 2005. McPherson was an all-state and All-America inside linebacker at Bellarmine College Prep and earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors as a senior. In April 2004, McPherson was inducted into Bellarmine’s Athletic Hall of Fame. McPherson worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Santa Clara, Calif., in 1994, organizing and implementing the chapter’s largest fund-raising event, the 1994 MS Walk. He was born on April 15, 1969, in Santa Clara, Calif. and has two sons, Jackson and Grayson. RICKY MANNING, JR. ASSISTANT DEFENSIVE BACKS SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 2ND YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 2ND YEAR Hired on March 29, 2016, former NFL cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. joins Seattle after three years of collegiate coaching. A Fresno native, he joins the Seahawks after one season at Fresno State, two seasons at Fresno City College (2013-14), and a coaching internship with the Denver Broncos in the summer of 2014. Manning, Jr. was originally a third-round pick (82nd overall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2003 NFL Draft, and also played for Chicago and St. Louis. He played in 84 games with 38 starts, totaling 237 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 14 interceptions (returning two for touchdowns), 33 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He added five postseason interceptions and played in Super Bowls XXXVIII with Carolina and XLI with Chicago. He started 45 consecutive games for UCLA in college, ranking as the second-longest starting streak in school history. He intercepted 13 passes as a Bruin and was a three-time first-team All-Pac 10 selection. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Edison High School, leading his team to a 9-4 record and semifinal playoff appearance in 2012. Manning, Jr. returned to school, and in 2013, graduated with a degree in business administration & organizational leadership from Fresno Pacific. He is also working towards his master’s degree from Fresno Pacific. Born on November 18, 1980, he and his wife, Tosha, have four sons. CHAD MORTON RUNNING BACKS SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 4TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 9TH YEAR Hired on March 17, 2014, as assistant special teams coach, Morton joined the Seahawks after spending four seasons in the same role with the Green Bay Packers. In 2015, he began work with the running backs, and is now in charge of the running backs room in 2017. In 2015, Morton helped the emergence of rookie Tyler Lockett become a first-team AP All-Pro as a return specialist. Lockett became the second player in NFL history (Hall of Famer Gale Sayers) to return a punt and kickoff for touchdowns and have five receiving touchdowns in a single-season. Lockett returned a kickoff 105 yards for a franchise-record and his 1,915 combined yards are the fourth-most in a season in franchise history, and his 139 punt return yards at Arizona set the club record. Morton’s contributions in Green Bay affected various aspects of the return game, where Randall Cobb was named a first alternate 57


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