There’s only one word that you can use to describe Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams’ personality, and that word is humble.
Ladies and gentlemen, hard work pays off. No. Let’s not start there. Let’s go even deeper than that. How about this? Sometimes, nice guys finish first. Look no further than Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams.
Thanks to television contracts and regional coverage, we’re guessing that, while growing up in his hometown of Warrington, Pennsylvania, Adams must have seen an Eagles game or two on television. As a senior at Central Bucks High School South, just one year after tearing his ACL, he rushed for 1,623 yards and 25 touchdowns.
USA Today saw fit to name him as a member of the All-USA Pennsylvania Football Team. That helped him earn a scholarship to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Once his collegiate career was over, he was invited to attend training camp with the Eagles after going undrafted. He was cut, then added to the practice squad a day later.
On September 28th, he was added to the active roster. All he’s done since then is work himself into being the top man on Philly’s depth chart for running backs. For the season, he’s toted the rock 56 times for 291 yards, and he’s reached the end zone two times. You can even throw in 25 receiving yards on four catches for good measure.
For some, that would be enough to swell the head a little. For Adams, that thought has never even crossed his mind. He just keeps smiling and crediting others for his success. Recently, he sat down with Eagles great Mike Quick.
Take a look:
Clip courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles’ official YouTube page
The ups and downs of an NFL season…
Most of us will never know the elation of scoring a touchdown in the NFL. One might imagine it’s an adrenaline rush, especially your first one, but one might also imagine that, if you scored your first career touchdown while your team is being blown out, it might dampen the mood a little.
Adams first career touchdown produced the Eagles’ only points in a 48-7 rear-end whooping that was handed to them by the New Orleans Saints in Week 11. In Week 12, he reached the end zone again. This time, it put the Eagles ahead in the fourth quarter over the rival New York Giants.
How did Adams react? He handled himself the same way he did when Philly lost in the previous week. He was humble. He was friendly. He flashed that smile. The media caught up with him after Sunday’s win. Steve Keeley of FOX29 in Philadelphia provided a little video.
See, for Adams, it wasn’t suppose to be this way. Philly was banking on having Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles in the lineup. Both are injured. They’ve waited on someone to take a lead role. Adams has. He knows what it means to be the guy in the shadows. He knows what the spotlight feels like. He’s handled both well, and now, he’s made the most of an opportunity he was given.
He’s done it with style, dignity and class. We’re all pulling for him. Again, it’s good to see a nice guy finish first.