As any Eagles fan will tell you, Nick Foles is already well on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s thrown 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions so far this season while leading the Eagles back into a tie with the Cowboys for the NFC East lead (at 5-5, but whatever).
As Foles prepared to lead Philly against Washington this Sunday, it was revealed that the QB was also a star basketball player at Westlake H.S. in Austin, Tex. The pic above shows Foles’ at a Westlake football game, but it’s obvious he has many skills (pic via Daniel Martin Reese).
Colleges who recruited Foles as a hoopster were presumably more interested in his 26″ vertical leap, than his 21 bench press reps.
Among those schools: Georgetown, as per the Philly Inquirer.
Foles was recruited to play college basketball at Georgetown and Gonzaga. His 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine was 5.14 seconds, but he’s functionally mobile and can get yards when needed. Three of Foles’ five rushes netted first downs.
We can’t imagine Foles suiting up in the blue and gray of the Hoyas and fouling one of the Syracuse Orange players into submission, but it appears to have been a possibility.
Check him out in the video below during an Eagles charity basketball game this past May (0:38, 1:00, the slam at 2:14 and the three at 3:04):
Given his football aptitude, Foles made the right choice: Georgetown hasn’t played in a bowl game since the 1950 Sun Bowl, when they lost to UTEP, 33-20.
The Eagles, by the way, haven’t won an NFL title since 1960.