So often, these pro football players seem to have family members lending a helping hand or paving the road to athletic success. Phillip Merling is no exception.
Better yet, this was no new coaching relationship. Turns out Chris Rumpf, aka Phillip Merlin's uncle, had been his his high school coach for three seasons. Clearly Chris Rumpf saw something great in his young nephew and certainly helped develop that talent over the years of training on the gridiron.