WHY EAGLES NICKY NICE CHOSE PHILLY INSTEAD OF TAMPA!

By Michael Donovan

The Eagles head to Tampa this weekend to play the Bucs this Sunday, and Birds fans might be interested to know that Nick Foles, the team’s Super Bowl MVP quarterback, almost wound up in Tampa last offseason.

In a convo in June with Joshua Cooley about his book, “Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds,” Foles discussed it:

Foles was asked again about returning to a backup role once Carson Wentz is 100 percent recovered from a torn ACL and LCL that he suffered in December.

Miller asked Foles about why he chose to come to Philly as a free agent following his one year in Kansas City as the backup to starter Alex Smith, especially because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dirk Koetter were trying to lure him.

Koetter and Foles had a history dating back to when Koetter was a coach at Arizona State. Koetter set his sights on Foles, who was a skinny, lightly recruited quarterback at Westlake High School in Texas. Foles originally committed to attend Arizona State, but Koetter was fired before Foles graduated from high school, and Foles changed his mind. Foles ended up at Arizona after transferring from Michigan State.

Interestingly, Koetter and the Bucs could move back into the picture, with Tampa possibly looking for a replacement for Jameis Winston, who is under a three-game suspension for allegedly lewd behavior with an Uber driver. The Bucs have 35-year-old journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick to turn to, but that may not be satisfactory for them.

“Initially we were trying to stay (in Kansas City),” said Foles of the end of the 2016 season. “We loved Kansas City. I never thought I’d handle being a backup because I always like being on the field, but my heart had changed. Those were my favorite years of football being in Kansas City. We loved being there, loved the barbecue, loved my teammates. We tried to work it out but couldn’t.”

So Foles hit free agency. He said he was “shocked” that the Eagles expressed interest because they had just taken Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in that spring’s draft.

“We were trying to figure out what was best for our family,” he said. “My wife at the time was really pregnant. That comes into account. Do you want to move somewhere where you know no one or go to a city you were traded from but know so many people and wonderful people? That was a tough decision for me.”

As for Foles, it’s back to the bench for him once Wentz is ready.

“It’ll come with its battles,” said Foles about going back to being a backup. “I’m human too. I’m a competitor. I love playing the game, I love being in the huddle. I just came off playing the best football of my entire life. To go back to being a backup that takes humbling yourself every day, but this is another challenge.

“I look at it like I’m very grateful to be in the NFL, I’m grateful to be a part of the Eagles, and to have a daughter who just turned 1 going through all the exciting things in life. So I’m just trying to live in the moment and be grateful as those human things, those things inside of us, the pride, starts seeping in.”

“Offseason training is a bit different when you have a ring ceremony looming over you. Everyone is excited for that final celebration, but we knew at that final celebration after minicamp (on June 14 when the Eagles got their championship rings) — we had already put in time for the 2018 season months before — but this was really the time we could enjoy it one more time then turn the page and get ready for 2018, because the new challenge is it’s super hard to repeat.”

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