Sean Payton isn’t just a coach anymore.
Now he’s a doctor.
Payton spent his weekend at in Charleston, Ill., where he received an honorary doctorate of public service from Eastern Illinois University, his alma mater. The school had previously retired his No. 18 jersey in 2010.
The honor is another feather in the cap of the former NFL Coach of the Year and Super Bowl-winning coach.
He played at Eastern Illinois from 1983-86. Prior to the 2012 season, he owned the top three passing yardage games in school history and the school record for passes completed in a game (40). Additionally, he has the three of the top four seasons in school history for total offense, his 1984 season topping all (3,661 total yards).
Eastern Illinois’ NFL football roots run deep. In addition to Payton, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo played there. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan also is an Eastern Illinois graduate.