Former NFL wide receiver Danny Amendola will join the Cardinals as an unpaid coaching intern for a week, getting a taste of what his future might hold.
Amendola’s father is a high school coach in Texas, and the recently retired Amendola sees it almost inevitable he’ll get into the same line of work. It doesn’t hurt that one of his best friends is the head coach of the Cardinals.
Amendola, a close friend of Kingsbury (the two both attended Texas Tech, although at different times) got the invite from the coach to help out. Amendola also played for Cardinals wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson when the two were with the Dolphins.
Amendola showed up to the Cardinals team hotel in downtown Nashville on Tuesday and immediately felt the pangs of missing his playing days. He might still be playing if his knees would allow it. Instead, he’s coaching guys like Hollywood Brown and DeAndre Hopkins for a couple of workouts.
The talented Cardinals receivers will try to absorb what they can from the experienced Amendola before their season begins on September 11th against the Kansas City Chiefs.