Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is Austin's new hometown hero
The Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback is now the Super Bowl MVP and no one is prouder than a bunch of folks in West Austin. Nick Foles graduated from West Lake High School and together with his dad now owns the downtown Mexican restaurant, ATX Cocina. On Monday, at one of his favorite high school haunts, long-time friends were happy to share what they think of Austin's new hometown hero.
Grab lunch at Texas Honey Ham and along with your ham sandwich the owner of the lunchtime hot spot can dish up a story or two about Austin native Nick Foles.
"So humble. Yes, very humble," said Trent Hunt, owner of Texas Honey Ham.
Hunt has known the Super Bowl MVP since he was the quarterback for Westlake High School. "They always say underdog. They may look at him as an underdog, but he's always been a winner. He's always been great," said Hunt.
Foles ordered lunch at the sandwich shop on Bee Cave Road just about every day during high school and he always got the same thing. The triple decker club stacked with ham, turkey and bacon is how you eat like a champion.
"He's a lot taller than he looks. He's out there on the field and he looks kind of normal but when you see him in person he's super tall," said Hunt.
So tall, the 6'6" quarterback can easily see over the offensive line and all the way downfield. At Texas Honey Ham he can also spot stuff no one else can see, even on their tip-toes. "He ordered his food and he was coming down the line and then he looks over and he's like the ice machine is a little dusty on the top," said Hunt.
Foles took the Westlake High School football team to the state championship. On the basketball court he earned All-District honors. Even in the classroom he more than held his own. "Quiet, hardworking," said Dean Phillips, a substitute teacher at Westlake High School.
Phillips taught Foles many times and says it's as a person that he scores the highest. "His honesty. His integrity. His humbleness," said Phillips. "He's just one of the wonderful young people you'll ever meet."
At Texas Honey Ham they're thinking about naming the club sandwich after the Super Bowl Champion. It's not that Nick would expect it, but around here everyone thinks he deserves it.