Brees vs. Foles for Westlake Bragging Rights
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - So what is it about Austin's Westlake High School?
A decade after Drew Brees was the big man on campus at the famed Texas high school, along came Nick Foles to break all of the future Hall of Famer's records.
“It’s something in that Colorado River water I guess,” Brees joked when asked about the upcoming matchup which will feature the first time two Super Bowl MVPs from the same high school will meet in a postseason game.
It's not the first time that the two have met in the playoffs, however, as Foles' only setback in January/February football came against Brees and the Saints after the 2013 season when Chip Kelly was leading the Eagles and Foles was fashioning the first bullet point on his own NFL resume, his much-ballyhooed 27-and-2 season.
Since then there have been plenty of twists and turns in Foles' career with stops in St. Louis and Kansas City before a return to Philadelphia created a new lore around the 6-foot-6 "backup," a Mariano Rivera-like ability to close resulting in a Super Bowl LII championship last season and four straight wins heading into Sunday's matchup in New Orleans.
"We played them in the playoffs in 2013 when he was a starter there with Chip Kelly. Obviously, they had a great team then and he was playing well then too. From there I guess Rams, Chiefs, and then back to the Eagles, but I remember seeing him play in high school," Brees reminisces. "The 10-year anniversary for my high school football team state championship was 2006. It was actually during the season. It was a Friday night. I remember flying back and kind of being part of that homecoming experience and the starting quarterback for my high school at the time was Nick Foles. Funny how things play out, but he's done a phenomenal job.”
As one of the most prolific passers of all-time Brees GPS has already been programmed for Canton while Foles' career has produced many Hall of Fame moments whether it's 27-and-2, the seven-touchdown game, a Pro Bowl MVP or the Super Bowl MVO performance last February when Foles outdueled perhaps the greatest of all-time in Tom Brady.
In fact, Foles' highs spike so high that he already has more memorabilia in the physical Hall of Fame than many of the HOF QBs.
None of Foles' success is a surprise to Brees, one of the more cerebral QBs of all-time who has seen everything this league has to offer.
"I think he's a pretty calm, cool, collected guy," Brees said of Foles. "... I stay in touch with him a little bit and have been happy for his success. He's, obviously, worked very hard for it.”
And maybe Brees highlighted the secret to Foles' recent success. The latter preaches "staying in the moment" in virtually all his press conferences and maybe we now know where Foles came up with his mantra.
“I always appreciate these moments, but you never know how many more there are. So you just stay in the moment and enjoy it as much as possible," Brees said of his latest playoff berth.
That moment will be a little better for one of the Westlake High alums on Sunday but that Colorado River water guarantees there will be more moments for both down the road.
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-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen