Stratford's Istvan recounts run to Super Bowl with Eagles

Behind one of the best offenses in football, the Philadelphia Eagles captured their fourth conference championship in franchise history in 2022.

Justin DeVellis

Apr 4, 2023, 2:02 AM

Updated 414 days ago

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Behind one of the best offenses in football, the Philadelphia Eagles captured their fourth conference championship in franchise history in 2022.
But getting to Super Bowl LVII was no easy feat, and it may not have been possible if not for a Stratford native with deep ties to Southwest Connecticut.
Assistant Offensive Line Coach Roy Istvan was born in Westchester County, NY, but moved to Fairfield County around the age of 10. After playing for legendary head coach Bob Mastroni at Bunnell High and a solid collegiate career at Southern Connecticut State, Istvan knew he wanted to become make coaching his life.
"I can remember when Steve Addazio was the head football coach at Cheshire High School. I could listen to him talk to his players and the message that he gave them and the intent, the energy. They were perennial state champions, and it just taught those kids that if you work hard and stay committed and you're all in, we're going to have a chance to succeed. That's probably why I wanted to start coaching."
Prior to the Eagles, Istvan spent nearly 30 years coaching all different levels of college football (DI, DII, DI-AA). He credits former SCSU football coach Jeff Stoutland for helping him get into coaching. Stoutland has been on the Eagles staff since 2013 as an offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
Istvan sat down with News 12's Justin DeVellis to talk about the deep tradition of high school football in Connecticut, and how it played a major role in his coaching career.
He hopes to be the head offensive line coach for an NFL team in the near future.


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