Don’t mind that handful of Eagles fans rooting for Matt Schaub tonight. He’s family, so they deserve a little slack. Although he was born in Pittsburgh, Schaub grew up an Eagles fan, living on the outskirts of Philadelphia.
“I grew up just outside of Philadelphia in West Chester, spent 10 years living there and then went off to college,” Schaub said.
It’s not the first time he’s played in Philadelphia, as Schaub played the last game of the 2006 season when the Falcons visited the Eagles. He completed 15-21 passes for 175 yards, a touchdown and an interception. This time, though, he’ll make the start as the franchise quarterback for his team.
“Oh, it’s going to be fun,” Schaub said. “It’s a tremendous atmosphere up there. Growing up an Eagles fan and going to the Vet to watch the games, it’s the best fans, I think, hands down in the country, you know growing up
“Definitely down here in Houston we have some great ones, but up there in Philly, you know it’s going to be a raucous stadium, it’s going to be a fun atmosphere and we’re looking forward to it.”
Schaub said he has about 30 tickets set aside for his rooting section.
“We’ve got a bunch of family and friends that are going to be at the
game,” Schaub said. “One guy, my head football coach in high school, Joe Carroll, he was really instrumental in my development as a football player, a quarterback, and even as a person as a whole.
“He just, always being around him, teaches not just about football but how to be a good human being and a good person off the field. He was one guy who was instrumental growing up.”
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