Matt Nagy is from Manheim, Pennsylvania, about 11 miles outside of the Lancaster where the Bears’ McCaskey family settled. Nagy went to Manheim Central High School where he played quarterback. He grew up in a sports family. His dad was a high school coach.
After high school, Nagy went to Delaware University where he played exceptionally well. According to the school website, Nagy was a strong-armed quarterback who led Delaware to NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) semifinals when he earned third team The Sports Network All-American honors and was a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection. Nagy set many quarterback records at Delaware, but it was not enough to get him drafted in the NFL. Nagy tried out with the Packers and had a few other contacts with teams, but he was not picked up. Nagy ended up playing in the Arena League. After the arena league folded Nagy was out of football.
Nagy learned some tough lessons when he was out of work at 30. Nagy was in the midst of establishing a family and the economy was terrible.
Out of work and facing a recession economy, he met with Larry Wisdom about a job with Keystone Custom Homes, a Central Pennsylvania home builder. After starting the job that gave him a lifeline in a sense, he was invited back to football. After a career that began at the very depths of professional football (in pay) in Philadelphia with the Eagles, Nagy was making an impact. He followed Andy Reid from Philadelphia to Kansas City. After Kansas City, the Bears opportunity came along and the rest will be history.
Experiences taught Nagy about overcoming the odds, living through disappointments, and perhaps something about destiny.