On Sunday, the Eagles host Washington in a NFC East showdown. In this edition of 5 Things To Know Today, learn about the man who came to the rescue at left tackle in the win over the Packers. Also, the entire sports world wants to know about quarterback
1. NICK FOLES IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
FOX will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience with Kevin Burkhardt calling the play-by-play and former NFL safety John Lynch providing color commentary. Erin Andrews will report from the sidelines. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
On FOX's pre-game show at Noon, check out Andrews' sit-down interview with quarterback Nick Foles.
2. BARBRE'S ROAD TO PHILLY A FAMILIAR STORY
Allen Barbre, a fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2007, also spent the first six seasons of his career with three teams. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season when, as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. When Barbre’s suspension was over, the Seahawks released him and he was out a job. The Eagles immediately had Barbre in for a workout when they were in search of a center following
“They said they were interested, but that was it,” Barbre recalled.
Fast forward to the 2013 offseason. The Eagles, searching for versatility and depth along the offensive line, reached out to Barbre and his agent again. This time, a deal was consummated.
Early in the offseason workouts, Mathis recognized Barbre’s talent and even said in an interview that he thought he was a starting-caliber offensive lineman in the NFL. Perhaps he saw a little bit of himself in his new teammate.
“Allen and I have similar physical qualities,” Mathis said.“I don’t want to toot my own horn when talking about Al, but he’s a physical guy. He’s strong. He’s very athletic. He knows the game of football. He’sbounced around a little bit. Hess dealt with some things that get in the way of getting in a groove with your career like injuries, the suspension and things like that. He’s been dedicated. He’s put in the work. He showed us what kind of player he was in OTAs. He kept everything going in Training Camp and preseason. He’s continued to get better and better. He’s a guy who can play four spots on that line at a high level.”
“This league’s all about opportunities, and I’m thankful for my opportunity here,” Barbre said.“You just never know, really, so you just have to work hard and stay ready.”
3. GETTING TO KNOW WR RILEY COOPER
In the last five games, wide receiver
Guilty Pleasure: Eating a dozen Krispy Kremes doughnuts
Bucket List: Elk hunting in Wyoming
First job: Mucking stalls in the horse barns at his house in Clearwater, Fla.
Favorite person to follow on Twitter: Will Ferrell
TV Shows: Entourage, King of Queens
Quote: "All men die, not all men live.”
4. TONIGHT: WIN TICKETS AT BUD FRIDAY
Get the weekend started right at the Bud Friday which will be held at the Trappe Tavern on 416 West Main Street in Trappe, Pa. from 7-9 p.m.
And if you're looking for tickets to Sunday's game, you can have a chance to win tickets so make sure to joun us tonight at the Bud Friday event.
Bud Fridays are held each Friday prior to a home game. For the list of upcoming Bud Friday parties, click here.
5. EAGLES WINE SIGNING WITH BILL BERGEY
On Saturday, former Eagles linebacker Bill Bergey will be signing your Philadelphia Eagles Rollout Wine from 1–2:30pm at the Wine & Spirits on 275 Main Street in Exton, Pa. Go to the store and get your commemorative bottle signed by an Eagles legend!