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Julie Ertz says having husband Zach in the stands was so emotional and a huge motivator to win World Cup

Julie Ertz says having husband Zach in the stands was so emotional and a huge motivator to win World Cup

Julie and Zach Ertz are pretty much the First Couple of Philadelphia at this point.

Julie and her U.S. Women's National Team won the World Cup over the weekend in France in impressive fashion and captured the hearts of America along the way. The squad is currently riding on floats up in New York City for a ticker tape parade to share the victory with fans. But before Julie switched into party mode, she visited the folks at Good Morning Football to talk about the wild experience.

Eagles fans will recognize a familiar face on the show in Kyle Brandt. He became one of the Birds' biggest cheerleaders on their magical Super Bowl run a couple of seasons ago. 

Zach also surprised his wife by making an appearance on the show via Skype -- talk about a house with an amazing trophy case.

"I couldn't believe that our schedules aligned," Julie said of having Zach watch her win in France. "He was able to be there from the second game [of the tournament] on, which is insane. "Honestly, it was really emotional. I never really got the chance in such a big tournament to turn to the stands and see Zach. And they gave family seats that were right there, row 1, I got to see him during the national athem, I'm already emotional and then seeing him, my best friend, my number one supporter, I couldn't do what I do without him."

"It was so much motivation. I was like, 'NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE WINNING BECAUSE MY HUSBAND'S [HERE].'"

Let's just say it was a wild experience for the whole Ertz family.

"It was crazy," Zach said of watching his wife win the World Cup in person in France. "Obviously I've seen the work that Julie and all these girls have done for the past four years. Our schedules rarely line up. I'll have a bye week during the year and I'll fly to Canada to watch a soccer game instead of being on vacation. I thought she played unbelievable the entire tournament. The way she dominated on the pitch was so fun to watch and I was just so proud of her."

Julie also spoke about using adversity as the greatest motivator.

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3:50 p.m.: We’re getting closer. I promise. 

2:55 p.m.: No real surprises on the Eagles' inactive list since we already knew Jordan Howard was out: 

2:47 p.m.: The Cowboys have a 24-14 lead over the Lions at halftime. That’s bad news for the Eagles but not unexpected. 

2:43 p.m.: Plenty of scenes from early warmups at the Linc:

1:37 p.m.: Big stop by the Lions in the red zone against the Cowboys, preserving a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. I won’t be able to watch this game but it’s a huge one for the Eagles. Not only do they have to root against the Cowboys every week, but the Lions are a common opponent to which the Eagles already lost. 

1:23 p.m.: I have arrived to Lincoln Financial Field. There are three hours to go until kickoff. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are up 7-0 in the first quarter over the Cowboys. 

8:41 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! The Eagles have an unusual 4:25 p.m. start today, so we have a little bit of waiting on our hands. 

The big news as you woke up this morning was that Jordan Howard (shoulder) will reportedly be out for this game. He has a stinger and hasn't yet been cleared for contact. That means Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and recently signed Jay Ajayi will have to carry the load.

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At least we have Cowboys-Lions to watch at 1 p.m. 

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Jordan Howard is officially inactive for Sunday’s game, but just a couple days after re-joining the Eagles, Jay Ajayi is active. 

We’ll see what kind of role the Eagles have for Ajayi with such little time to get him prepared. It’s more likely Miles Sanders and Boston Scott carry the load against the Patriots. 

Howard (shoulder) has a stinger from the Bears game and still hasn’t been cleared for contact, so he can’t play. Darren Sproles also went on IR this week, so Sanders is the only running back still healthy from the opening-day roster. 

Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery (ankle) was ruled out Friday, so expect JJ Arcega-Whiteside to have a bigger role today. 

Here are the Eagles’ inactives: 

Alshon Jeffery (ankle)
Nigel Bradham (ankle)
Jordan Howard (shoulder)
Nate Herbig 
Sharif Miller
Nate Sudfeld 
Daeshon Hall 

The Eagles have just three running backs and four receivers today. One of those receivers in Jordan Matthews, who signed earlier in the week. So expect to see a lot of 12 personnel with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. 

Sidney Jones is active for this game after being a healthy scratch last week. 

Undrafted offensive lineman Herbig has been inactive all year. 

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