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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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Eagle Eye podcast: Disciplining DeSean, Mahomes' money, and more

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks discuss DeSean Jackson’s Instagram posts and how the Eagles should move forward with discipline.

They also get into the Washington NFL franchise’s expected name change, Pat Mahomes contract and what it means for the Eagles and for Andy Reid, and the effect no preseason games will have on the brand of football we see in the regular season.

(0:52) — Reaction to DeSean Jackson’s social media posts

(16:33) — Patrick Mahomes' new contract extension.

(25:03) — NFLPA pushing for no preseason games.

(33:13) — Eagles Ultimate Team: Who’s the best running back in Eagles history.

(39:13) — Washington reviewing team name.

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Patrick Mahomes is set to be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs until 2031 after signing the most lucrative deal in professional sports history on Monday.

Will Andy Reid also still be a Chief in 2031? The answer might surprise you.

Big Red addressed reporters Tuesday to discuss Mahomes' new deal, which can reach $503 million with different incentives and guarantee mechanisms. Because of the deal's long-reaching nature, the former Eagles head coach Reid was asked whether he also plans on partnering with the Chiefs for the long-term.

The answer? Classic Reid:

It's hard to blame the guy. 

After a successful but ultimately championship-less tenure with the Eagles, Reid's next act was always going to be an interesting study. In Kansas City, Reid has shown himself to be one of the sport's all-time great coaches, he finally won a ring, and he landed a quarterback who can help him win more.

With all that, of course Reid is excited and thinking about another decade in the NFL. Who wouldn't?

This news isn't surprising to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank, who mused on Monday about Reid's longevity:

The way he’s going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid coaches until he’s 70. Marv Levy coached until he was 72 and Dick Vermeil until he was 69. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick are 68, Bruce Arians is 67.

Reid isn’t slowing down. If anything, the Reid-Mahomes partnernship has given him new life.

And if consistency and success are big parts of the Andy Reid brand, so too is his self-referential humor, which Reid brought up once again on Tuesday:

You've got to love the guy.

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