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Kelly on Foles: 'I've always been a big fan'
Nick Foles' jersey, his cleats and the record-tying football are headed to the Hall of Fame. (Reuben Frank/CSNPhilly)
It was an historic performance. And now it will be immortalized in the Hall of Fame.
Nick Foles had an unreal outing against the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His seven touchdown passes tied an NFL record, and he was only the third quarterback in league history to throw that many TDs without adding a pick (see story).
Foles also became the 11th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 yards while completing 75 percent of his passes and not throwing an interception.
When you have that kind of day, people notice -- particularly the people who are charged with gathering mementoes from the league’s all-time biggest moments in order to save them for posterity. Foles’ jersey and cleats from Sunday’s outing have been shipped to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The ball he threw for his seventh touchdown will also be displayed there.
According to Joe Horrigan, the Hall of Fame’s vice president of communications, Foles’ jersey, cleats and football will be part of an exhibit in Canton’s Pro Football Today gallery -- an approximately 3,000-square foot space dedicated to what Horrigan called “a potpourri of contemporary” memorabilia. The Pro Football Today gallery houses items dealing with the Pro Bowl, recent seasons, rookie records and other present-day concerns.
“For our team, for that game, it’s pretty special,” Foles said. “It’s a great honor. Like I said before, when I reflect on that stuff, I think about the guys I did it with. That’s what’s most special to me, the memories I made with them. Seeing everybody really happy, having the time to throw it, the receivers downfield making tremendous plays, running after the catch, all the stuff that went together -- the defense getting the ball back -- that’s what I think about.”
Foles said he’s done a few national interviews in the last few days about the game, the touchdowns and the record-tying experience. His jersey, cleats and football should be on display in Canton by Wednesday, according to Horrigan.
“Just the pure numbers, that has to be one of the top ones that I’ve been around in terms of when you just, OK, cut out the numbers of what happened,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. “And he did some good things behind the scenes as well. It was one of the better ones that I’ve been around for sure.”