Philadelphia, as a city, has never backed down from booing athletes. Opponents, home teams, their favorite players? It doesn't matter.
But there might finally be one man with boo immunity.
New Chicago Bears quarterback and Eagles legend Nick Foles sat down with NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark this week to talk about the roller coaster year-plus he's experienced since leaving Philadelphia for Jacksonville, and then being traded to Chicago.
Foles was candid throughout, and he gushed about his love for Philly, which he says is still as strong today as it was during his fairytale playoff run with the Birds two years ago.
If he plays in Philly again before he's done with football, Foles said, it'll be a day to remember - especially if it comes in the playoffs:
That would be wild. That would be wild, and especially, you know - you obviously want home field advantage. But I know when the day happens - and I'm glad it wasn't this last year - that I do step back into the Linc, it will be extremely emotional. I'm not going to lie, I'm not going to sit here and say that it won't be. People ask me where my favorite place to play was, and I say there's nothing like playing a night game at the Linc, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
But like I said, Philadelphia is very special. And I'm not afraid of saying that, even though I'm playing in Chicago.
The Eagles won't host the Bears during the regular season until 2023 at the very earliest, so the only way Foles could visit the Linc before his current contract expires would be in a playoff game.
If it happens in the next few years, Foles has just one request for Eagles fans:
If I do ever come back and play in Philly, please don't boo me too much. I still love y'all.
Here's the clip of Foles asking for a little mercy:
It's a funny, and fitting, request from Foles, who is just the latest Philly athlete to weigh in on the boos.
In the last year, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said he'd be mad if he wasn't booed in his return to Philly, and Sixers star Joel Embiid had a bit of a back-and-forth with booing fans this season during a mid-season swoon.
But Simmonds is a hard-nosed dude who plays with an edge, and Embiid is a peerless troll, while Foles is far more reserved. So their respective requests fit their personalities.
Plus, Foles gave Eagles fans the one thing they'd waited decades for in Super Bowl LII, so I don't think Foles has anything to worry about.
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