And Tedford is a dad, too

Yes, that No. 17 playing quarterback in practice is none other than Jeff Tedford’s son, Taylor. Of course, he is 5-11, 185 pounds and he was not one of the top rated athletes in the country.

However, he is a kid interested in what makes his dad so successful. Like so many of us whose kids want to take an up close look at dad’s profession, Taylor is going to sweat it out on the field to learn more about coaching football. He’s not going to stand in the background and watch. He is going to run through the drills, the sprints, the techniques to learn it up close and personal.

I seldom write much about coach Tedford’s family because I figure he gives enough when it comes to explaining what’s going on with the football team. But anyone who has been around the program after a game or on the road when the Tedford family gets together gets a glimpse at how close they are.

So when I saw that Taylor is donning a helmet to learn dad’s business, I asked coach Tedford about whether he likes the fact that his son is going to be around.

Jeff looked at me and smiled. “I never even get to see him,” he said, like any dad who knows how hard it can be to schedule a few moments with a 19-year-old. “He just kind of runs past,” Jeff said, jerking his head as if to watch a car speed by.

As a dad, I’m sure all of us want our children to see us at our best. What could be better for Taylor than to see Pop out on the football field, doing his thing? It’s just one of those neat behind the scenes stories.


  • Jim Stehr

    Jay, First of all, I think you know how much your work is appreciated by the die hard Cal fan base. I wanted to reiterate how much I enjoy the coverage, detail and dedication (especially from a non Cal alum!). Second, I think this side of Coach Tedford is something that makes him very special. One of your fellow scribes (Dave Newhouse) wrote a similar article a year or so ago. It described how hard it is for Tedford to spend a lot of time with his family due to his work ethic. It was quite a moving article. I witnessed it myself as I shared a Southwest plane ride home with the team following the Insight Bowl after the ’03 season. You could tell how much his family meant to him. In any event, I wanted to thank you for sharing that part of Tedford with us — it reminds us that he’s not the ‘coaching machine’ he sometimes comes off as. Also, thanks once again, for all of your work.