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"Juan Castillo Day" controversy

Offensive line coaches rarely get much attention or accolades. Without question, the Eagles' Juan Castillo is among the best in the NFL.

"Juan Castillo Day" controversy

Offensive line coaches rarely get much attention or accolades. Without question, the Eagles' Juan Castillo is among the best in the NFL.

Now, the chance for Castillo to get recognized for his success and his work is mired in controversy in his hometown of Port Isabel, Texas.

The city is scheduled to present Castillo with the key to the city during a "Juan Castillo Day" celebration. The problem is, that ceremony is scheduled for July 4. Some are arguing that a different date should have been selected and the Fourth of July should be used to honor veterans instead of their hometown hero's football accomplishments.

“I just don’t think it should be July 4th, maybe July 5th on a Sunday,” resident Anna Maria Avila told KGBT-4.

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City Manager Edward Meza said the decision for the Fourth was made because of Castillo’s schedule, and not to replace Independence Day. Meza adds it also made sense since Castillo's story epitomizes the American dream, which is what Independence Day represents.

“In no way should it undermines the Fourth of July, Independence Day, this was just in celebration on a local person that is an inspiration to others,” said Meza.

Unfortunately, the city has received some racist emails and phone calls in the wake of the decision.

Castillo did not comment to KGBT and Eagles assistant coaches other than coordinators are not allowed to speak to the Philadelphia media under team policy.

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