Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer will soon be on Lipscomb Academy’s payroll.

Dilfer was named the Mustangs’ next head football coach at a press conference Friday afternoon. 104.5 The Zone afternoon host Brent Dougherty originally reported the news on Twitter earlier in the day.

“This is a calling,” Dilfer said. “When God does something this weird in your life, you never doubt it. This isn’t a career move.”

Dilfer said he was attracted to the “sense of community” at Lipscomb, and the timing just happened to be right. Former Lipscomb coach Scott Tillman resigned in November after finishing with a 2-9 record in 2018.

“There’s a lot that we loved about [coming to Lipscomb],” Dilfer said.

Dilfer, a first-round pick out of Fresno State in 1994, spent time as a starter and backup for five NFL teams — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.

The highlight of Dilfer’s NFL career came when he helped the Baltimore Ravens defeat the New York Giants by a score of 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. The 6-foot-4 California native appeared in 130 career games and threw for 20,518 yards and 113 touchdowns over his 14-season career.

“The people that have had a football journey like mine understand that the game part of it is awesome,” Dilfer said. “But it’s what it does to your soul, your core, and the people you play with that is so much bigger than what happens between the lines.”

After his retirement in 2007, Dilfer joined the NFL Network as an analyst. He eventually signed a contract with ESPN in 2010 and served as a backup announcer for Monday Night Football. However, Dilfer was a victim of ESPN’s mass layoff of about 100 employees in April 2017 as the network tried to cut costs following the loss of 10 million subscribers.

Photos by McKenzi Harris

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