Mailata is just one of Stoutland’s success stories throughout his storied 39-year coaching career. In his 10th year in Philadelphia, he currently sits as the longest-tenured member of the Eagles’ coaching staff.
If there were a Jeff Stoutland University, its students and alumni would include the likes of Eagles legends, multi-year Pro Bowlers, and college football standouts hailing from programs across the country between Southern Connecticut State, Syracuse, Cornell, Michigan State, Miami, and Alabama.
His daughter, Madison Lee, says that the list is far too vast to even attempt to compile. Stoutland said the number is likely in the thousands.
“I don’t even know if the math would be possible, honestly. How many people would have attended said university? I think it’s probably a pretty scary number, how many people qualify for that,” she said.
That was just one of her thoughts while designing a Jeff Stoutland University T-Shirt to sell in support of the Eagles Autism Foundation.
With inspiration from Mailata’s intro and the help of the Eagles Autism Foundation Executive Director Ryan Hammond, Madi and her father worked together to create a T-shirt that encapsulates what it means to be part of “Stoutland University.”
“Since I was very young, he’s had the same structure and the same way he’s coached, so it was pretty easy to pinpoint what would really encompass Stoutland University. A pretty straightforward one was, ‘Hungry dogs run faster.’ I think he’s had that probably hung up in his office, to my knowledge, since Michigan State – I was like 5 years old then,” she said.
“Whenever I would visit my dad’s office, even when I couldn’t really write, I’d write like hungry dogs run faster on his whiteboard somewhere.”
The shirt, which fittingly is available in green or black, features Stoutland’s signature saying and the established date of 1984 – his inaugural coaching year.
“I generally go for a distressed look – and because he’s old school and he’s been around for a…