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Eastman serving two-weekend internship with Arizona Cardinals

Granville Eastman, APSUs secondary coach and special teams coordinator, left Friday, July 30, for Flagstaff, Ariz., and a two-week internship with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

This is the second time Eastman has been able to take advantage of the NFLs minority internship program. In 2002, the Toronto native worked as a special teams intern for the Detroit Lions. In Arizona, he also will work with special teams.
Granville Eastman, APSU's secondary coach and special teams coordinator, left Friday, July 30, for Flagstaff, Ariz., and a two-week internship with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

This is the second time Eastman has been able to take advantage of the NFL's minority internship program. In 2002, the Toronto native worked as a special teams intern for the Detroit Lions. In Arizona, he also will work with special teams.

In fact, it was his previous association with Kevin O'Dea, the Cardinals first-year special teams coach, that helped Eastman land this summer's internship. O'Dea was an advanced scout who assisted with special teams at Detroit two years ago.

“I got a call from Kevin back in January right after he was hired (by Dennis Green, the Cardinals' new coach),” Eastman says. “He said since we worked so well together in Detroit, he wanted to know if I wanted to come out there to do this again.”

Eastman will be working with the team on “all phases of the kicking game.” But he hopes he can bring back more than just added special teams insight.

“I have a whole list of questions our staff has asked me to take out there,” he laughs. “However, if I can bring back just one or two things that will help make us a better football team, then this (internship) will have been a success.”

Eastman will remain with the Cardinals through Aug. 14, when they will play at Minnesota in an exhibition game.

“I am really excited about this opportunity,” he said. “I am not embarrassed to admit I have aspirations to coach at the highest level (NFL) and some day coach in the Super Bowl. It will be a great experience for me, and I am excited about what I possibly can bring back to our program.”
—Brad Kirtley