Nelson Agholor is the definition of a team-first player.
When he made a one-handed catch against Washington earlier in the season, he spoke about the team. When he caught a touchdown pass in the preseason opener against Indianapolis, it was about the team.
On Sunday, he caught his first-career regular season touchdown, torching the Buffalo defense for 53 yards in the 23-20 Eagles win. As you can probably guess, he was all about the team when asked about the play in the locker room after the game.
"Sam (Bradford) gave me an opportunity. It was a great play call by the coaches to give me an opportunity," Agholor said. "It felt great because it was a play that helped us out."
It was the first touchdown reception of the receiver's young career, 13 games into his rookie season. Upon entering the end zone, he celebrated with his teammates, but he also celebrated with the 70,000 fans in the seats at Lincoln Financial Field.
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"The Linc was rockin'. It wasn't just me," said Agholor, who finished with 62 yards receiving on three receptions. "Everyone was going crazy so I fed off of that emotion and it was fun. That's what it's supposed to be like. This is the highest level of football, and we have some great fans and great players on our team. It meant a lot to score in the situation that I did and for my teammates. You have to think about it. On that series we got pushed back a little bit, and I needed to make a play, and I did."
It takes two to make a big passing play happen, of course. Agholor was quick was to highlight both the pass and the overall leadership skills that Bradford has put on display over the past couple of games.
"I look at what we've done the last few weeks and I look at the way he's leading, and it's so cool," Agholor said. "You want to make plays for a guy like that. You want to do whatever you can. Shoot, he deserves it. He prepares and he leads in the way of a winner."
After the Eagles' big win over the New England Patriots last week, the team, to a man, spoke about how the game was only a turning point if they could come out and win against Buffalo. The same can be said about Agholor's productive day on Sunday. The next step for the former USC Trojan is to build upon it and come out with another strong game next Sunday night against Arizona.
"It definitely helps your confidence," Agholor said. "Now you're eager for more, but at the end of the day, we're in a position right now where we want to win football games, so if it means I have to score for us to win or block, whatever, I have to make more plays for us to win games."
While the long touchdown reception will be what the fans remember most about Agholor's game on Sunday, he's spending more of his time thinking about a pair of other opportunities in the game that literally slipped through his hands.
"I've got to make those plays," Agholor said. "Those balls touched my hands and I have to make those plays. At the end of the day, that's what's going through the back of my mind. The touchdown is thrown away. I'm thinking about both of those opportunities."
If Agholor continues to make plays, he'll have plenty of touchdown balls to keep for his own collection, but as for his first one? He's giving the ball to someone special.
"I'll probably give it to my mom for Christmas," said Agholor. "It's a good Christmas gift."