PHILADELPHIA – Ten years after Drew Brees led Westlake High School to the Texas state championship, Nick Foles came along and broke many of his passing records but couldn’t deliver another title for the Austin- based school.
The two quarterbacks go head-to-head for the first time in the NFL with more at stake when Brees and the New Orleans Saints (11-5) visit Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) in an NFC wild-card playoff game tonight.
“Drew is a tremendous player. He’s a guy that I’ve looked up to,” Foles said. “He’s a great role model for fellow players, kids and adults. … He does a great job of being a good person, helping people in need.” Brees watched Foles play once in high school when he returned in 2006 for the 10-year reunion of the Chapparals’ 1996 championship team.
The players hadn’t met each other until the Eagles played at New Orleans last year.
“I heard a lot about him when he was at Westlake, but there was a 10-year age difference,” Brees said. “I followed his career. He has been pretty impressive for such a young player, mature beyond his years.”
Brees went to Purdue after Westlake, was drafted by San Diego and ended up in New Orleans, where he’s established himself as one of the NFL’s all-time best. Foles started six games as a rookie last year for a 4-12 team. He began this season as a backup, but took over after Vick was injured and had a remarkable year. He was 8-2 as a starter.