Washington Redskins NT Chris Baker’s unnecessary hit on defenseless Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles may have sparked a sidelines skirmish in yesterday’s intense NFC East rivalry game.
But, the brutal blindside block ignited the passion of hard scrabble Philadelphia sports fans, thirsty for an NFL winner and desperate for a hometown hero.
Once the pummeled Foles arose from the turf, he gingerly walked into the Eagles huddle like a timid Clark Kent walking into a phone booth.
In the next possession, the flattened Foles emerged on the field with a figurative S emblazoned on his NFL Eagles jersey, looking more like Allen Iverson, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Clarke, Dr. J and other famous Philly sports heroes of the past.
Foles quickly connected with WR Jeremy Macklin on a perfect seam route for a touchdown to break the 27 – 27 deadlock.
The embattled Foles played heroically all day against a formidable Washington defense. Though you never saw him complain, the Eagles QB was woefully protected by a depleted offensive line that struggled to keep Redskins rushers away from him on nearly every play.
Foles’ incredible gutty performance not only made Philly sports fans smile. It engendered a new celebrity sports star movement far outside the gates of Lincoln Financial Field.
Not just Eagles fans, but cynical, unreasonably tough working class sports critics in the City of Brotherly Love discovered a new hero.
Some diehard Philadelphia sports fans have already paid Foles the highest Philadelphia sports compliment. They labeled Foles “Chuck Bednarik tough” and joked that:
Rocky jumped off his statue in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in Center City and is now running up and down the museum steps pumping his fist and yelling, “Yo, Nick!”
Rival Philadelphia iconic eateries’ Pat’s and Gino’s changed their menus and are offering a new Nick Foles cheese steak.
The glass enclosed, cracked Liberty Bell started ringing again.
And, parade participants begun preparing their new entry, a Nick Foles float, for the city’s upcoming Mummers’ Parade.
For a city starving for a professional sports champion and a hometown sports hero, Philadelphia may have found their newest Rocky, AI, Bobby Clarke, Ryan Howard, Dr.J in Nick Foles.
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