Eagles

Women in Nick Foles' life 'kick his butt' athletically

usa-nick-foles-wife.jpg
USA Today Images

Women in Nick Foles' life 'kick his butt' athletically

This story initially ran in a similar form in July 2014. Some updates have been made.

It was just a day or two after the Eagles lost to the Saints in Nick Foles' first career playoff game after the 2013 season.
 
After going non-stop since late July, Foles was finally back home in Austin, ready for some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. His body ached, his mind was exhausted, and he just wanted to shut down.
 
Then, before the sun even rose, his mom said it was time to go to the gym.
 
"First day back in Austin, right after the season, I was probably up at 6 a.m. working out with her," Foles said with a laugh. "And that's hard, to get up at 6 a.m. after a season, but it was just one of those times where I knew that I needed to.
 
"I don't get home that much. [Wife] Tori's from California, so we try to spend time there with her family, and when I'm home I really try to take advantage of it."
 
Turns out Nick isn't the only athlete in the family.
 
Melissa Foles is quite the workout warrior.
 
And her 29-year-old son knows that if he can get through his mom's workouts, he can get through anything.
 
"Whether it's workout classes, cardio, kickboxing, half weights, half whatever, just crazy stuff," Foles said. "It's funny, but there's a lot of women in the class, but it's honestly, very, very hard, and I've seen guys go in there, full-grown men that work out all the time, go into that class and leave throwing up. And they never come back.
 
"So it sort of made sense to me. 'All right, now I know why I don't go.' Because all these women are absolutely crazy when they work out. Screaming, music … but it's fun for me. It's very humbling."

Foles thought he was a hotshot college athlete who could handle anything in the gym or on the track.

Until the first time his mom took him to the gym. Turns out he wasn't as tough as he thought.
 
"The first class I ever did with her, 'OK, I'm a college football player, our workouts are ridiculous,'" he said. "Halfway through I was gassed. Because it's different. It's not like sprinting right ahead, you're always moving, jumping up on things — it's doing everything. So it was very humbling, but at the same time, I realized I need to mix this into my training because it really helps. I really enjoyed it because it kicked my butt.
 
"I didn't throw up. I made it through the class. … I wasn't one of the ones that left the class. I was like, 'I'm going to make it through this class if I die out there.'"
 
Foles posted the third-highest passer rating in the NFL in 2013, set an NFL record for best touchdown-to-interception ratio (27 to 2) and tied a record for touchdown passes in a game (seven). He went 8-2 after replacing an injured Michael Vick, led the Eagles to the playoffs and was named Pro Bowl MVP. Four seasons later, he would lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win.
 
But he's no match for his mom, who was a gymnast and cheerleader in high school and is still in better shape than her son. At least, according to Nick.
 
"My mom, she can still kick my butt in anything," Foles said. "When you have your mom kick your butt, you can't help but stay humble."
 
Mom isn't the only female athlete in the family who can kick Nick's butt.
 
Tori played college volleyball and can give Nick a run for his money in the gym as well.
 
The two met the first few days of Foles' freshman year at Arizona but didn't date until both had graduated.
 
"My wife, she's very, very athletic," Foles said. "She played volleyball in college and then after it, she really got into running. I'd have talks with her, 'I can't run eight miles with you. I can go two, but you have to do sprints with me or striders because I can't do that.'
 
"But it's been fun. She's my best friend and we really get along great. She's seriously my best friend. Sometimes when I come home, she wants to go swimming right away, so it's good to have those women in your life that are very special, and I respect them both, and they both can kick my butt."

Is it believable when Eagles call themselves underdogs?

gunn_barrett_fish.jpg
Twitter/@RealDGunnNBCS

Is it believable when Eagles call themselves underdogs?

On the latest edition of Eagle Eye, a Philadelphia Eagles podcast, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks share stories from their fishing trip over the weekend. Is it believable when the Eagles keep calling themselves underdogs? How OTAs are different today compared to when Barrett played. Also, Johnny Manziel is playing football again. Will we ever see him back in the NFL?

Also, how Barrett won an Emmy working on Hard Knocks.

1:00 - Gunner and Barrett's weekend fishing trip.
5:00 - Guys caught a hot streak fishing.
6:30 - What is Gunner's family like?
10:30 - Do you believe it when the Eagles use an underdog mindset?
14:30 - Difference between OTA's today compared to when Barrett played.
17:00 - Barrett won an Emmy working on Hard Knocks
21:00 - Guys think the Browns (yes those Browns) will be competitive this season.
25:30 - Johnny Manziel is back in football.

Subscribe to Eagle Eye: Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Stitcher / Spotify / Art19

Zach Ertz is only other player to leave field with Jason Witten's jersey

usa-zach-ertz-eagles-falcons.jpg
USA Today Images

Zach Ertz is only other player to leave field with Jason Witten's jersey

For a long time, Zach Ertz has always said that he’s emulated future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. Ertz loved the way he played and the way he handled himself on and off the field. 

Turns out it’s mutual. 

Because after Ertz went on social media to say goodbye to Witten after the longtime Dallas Cowboy retired recently, Witten returned the favor and praised Ertz. 

That’s pretty crazy. Witten played 15 years, a total of 247 games including the playoffs. And, according to him, the only other person to ever leave the field with his jersey is Ertz. It's become commonplace for players in the league to trade jerseys after games. During an NFL season, a peek into someone's locker will reveal a few jerseys of different colors. Witten's was probably be in demand, but Ertz is the only player to ever get one. 

It’s clear that Ertz gained Witten’s respect and Witten has probably heard the praise from Ertz before. He heard it again when Ertz tweeted earlier in May. 

“First off, I want to say congratulations to someone that had a profound impact on my career, by just being the man he is!” Ertz wrote. “At 17 years old when I was trying to figure out what a tight end meant and what they embodies I started following the tight end for the Cowboys. Everything he did on the field and off, I tried to emulate.” 

Oddly enough, this season Ertz made his first Pro Bowl, but couldn’t go because the Eagles were in the Super Bowl. Guess who took his place? Yup, Witten. 

Earlier this spring, Ertz said it’s strange to think that other tight ends are now growing up and trying to emulate him. He’s just trying to set as good an example as Witten did.