Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been in the NFL coaching game for some time. The 68-year-old Orange, Texas native has been an NFL head or assistant coach each year since 1976, excepting 2014, when he broke into professional coaching as the linebackers coach for the Houston Oilers at age 29.
Since then he’s been the head coach of the Broncos (1993-94), Bills (1998-2000) and Cowboys (2007-10). Now back in Denver running the defense for the No. 1 defensive unit in the NFL, let’s learn more about the family that makes Phillips the man he is, namely his 33-year-old daughter, Tracy Phillips.
Here is everything you need to know about Tracy Phillips.
1. She Has Worked As a Professional Actress
Tracy Phillips has worked in show business as an actress, artistic director and choreographer. According to her IMDb.com page, Phillips is best known for her work on (500) Days of Summer (2009), Water for Elephants (2011) and Charlie Wilson’s War (2007). Phillips is active on social media, and has both a Twitter and Facebook account.
Tracy Phillips has some other notable acting credits to her name. She has appeared in a number of music videos for artists and groups such as No Doubt, The Goo-Goo Dolls, The Offspring, Will Smith, Ricky Martin and My Chemical Romance (seen in above video).
2. She Currently Works As a Choreographer in Los Angeles
Phillips’ Facebook account indicates she is currently the artistic director and choreographer for The Harlow Gold Show, a choreographed modern cabaret-style revue.
The Harlow Gold website describes the show:
As high energy and unpredictable as it is intimate, this modern cabaret-style revue is an acrobatic, high-octane whirlwind that titillates as much as it inspires. A love letter to and exploration of the female form, Harlow Gold leaves the women in the audience as revved up as the men—repeat visits for both have become the norm. The show is a little bit Weimar, a little bit punk, a little bit burlesque and all attitude. The extraordinary dancers, each with their own unique personality, hang from the ceiling, stomp on tables, high kick, somersault, tease, provoke and amaze. It’s a night dedicated to female beauty and creativity, across a full spectrum of expression, from pouty to pretty to a little bit perverse. Not for the faint of heart.
3. Her Brother, Wes Phillpis, Is Tight Ends Coach for the Washington Redskins
Tracy’s brother, Wes Phillips, has followed in their father’s footsteps of coaching in the NFL. He coached with the Dallas Cowboys for five years, serving as tight ends coach, before interviewing for the same position with the Redskins in January 2014.
His dad Tweeted out following the hire:
Wes has only been ’Skins tight end coach for two years, but has already experienced some success. When Washington clinched the NFC East title this past season, Tracy Tweeted out the accomplishment for all to see:
4. She Follows Both Her Father’s and Brother’s Careers Closely
Wade Phillips sat out of coaching in 2014 following his time with the Houston Texans. His daughter Tracy, ever the football fan and family girl, sent the above Tweet out in support of her dad to get back to doing what he does best on the sidelines.
Now an important part of the Broncos run, Wade Phillips was honored as Pro Football Focus Defensive Coordinator of the Year for 2015. Of course, Tracy Tweeted out her support via a retweet:
Tracy is frequent to mention her family’s successful coaching record. Some more supportive Tweets directed to the pigskin Phillips crew:
5. Her Grandfather, Bum Phillips Was a Legendary NFL Coach
Tracy’s grandfather, and Wade’s father, Bum Phillips was a legendary NFL coach in his own right. Bum passed away in October 2013.
Bum Phillips was perhaps best known for coaching the 1970s Houston Oilers during their heyday. He famously said of the Cowboys: “They may be ‘America’s Team,’ but we’re Texas’ team.”
Bum Phillips was named the coach of the Oilers in 1975 and led Houston to two AFC Championship games before he was fired in 1980. He was responsible for drafting Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, the most heralded player in Oilers history.