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Kyle Shanahan joins his father in return to Denver

5:35 PM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan ( l ) talks with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan ( r ) on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - While it is his father's return to Denver that is getting the most attention this week, Kyle Shanahan also comes back to the town where he grew up and met his wife.

When Washington plays Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Mike Shanahan returns to the town where he spent 21 seasons, 14 as head coach. For Kyle, it's his second time in Denver since becoming an NFL coach. 

Kyle graduated from Cherry Creek High School then went on to play college football at Texas. His second NFL job was as a receivers coach with the Houston Texans, and he coached against the Broncos in a preseason game in 2006.

"I love Denver. I grew up there, spent most of my life there even though I moved a lot; pretty much moved there three different times," Kyle told reporters Thursday. "It was a big part of my life. It's where my wife is from and most of my close friends."

He spent two seasons with Tampa Bay then joined the Texans in 2006. He was there, with former Broncos coordinator Gary Kubiak, until his father hired him as the Redskins' offensive coordinator in 2010.

Kyle said time has healed the wounds of his father being fired after the 2008 season. Mike Shanahan spent 14 years as the Broncos' head coach and led them to two Super Bowl titles. He will be honored Sunday in a short pregame video. 

"You always want to beat people that you used to work for. I feel that way when I play Tampa, when I play Houston," Kyle said. "So I think everybody is like that, but it's not as big of a deal as I probably would have expected it to be four years ago. I think time has passed. It's not like it's the staff that replaced him so there's different coaches there, people he's close with and respects a lot.

"Denver is the team usually I am pulling for with them being in the AFC and him also, but obviously we're not this weekend."


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