ELLIOTT by GRAHAM FOLEY
Jake Elliott had one of the most memorable seasons in Eagles
history for a kicker as a rookie in 2017. After being signed from
the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad, Elliott nailed a 61-yard
kick as time expired in the Eagles’ Week 3 home opener to beat
the New York Giants. That game-winner was the longest field
goal in Eagles history and his 53-yarder in the Divisional Round
against Atlanta was the longest postseason field goal by an Eagle
and an NFL rookie. In Super Bowl LII, he recorded the two longest
field goals by a rookie in Super Bowl history including one that
put the Eagles up by eight points with 1:05 remaining. Elliott is
now an established, reliable kicker in his sophomore season.
YOU’RE AN AVID GOLFER. WHICH PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS DID YOU LOOK UP TO
“I was always a big Tiger (Woods) guy, so watching him make a
comeback was really great. As far as it goes now, I’m kind of into
all of the younger generations.”
WHICH COURSES ARE YOUR FAVORITE?
“My favorite one I’ve been to is Pine Valley. I definitely want
to get out to Pebble (Beach). I want to get to the course at St.
Andrews. I would say those are the two bucket lists right now,
Chambers Bay as well.”
YOU’RE ALSO A GREAT TENNIS PLAYER. WHICH TENNIS PLAYER DID YOU WATCH
“Lleyton Hewitt. He was my favorite growing up. We just had
a similar style of play, so it was easy to follow him and fun to
cheer for him.”
DO YOU GET TO PLAY TENNIS OFTEN?
“Not a whole lot. I try to play a couple times in the offseason
every year but when I go back home to Chicago, I go back to the
high school and hit with the kids there. It’s fun. That’s a place
that I loved when I was growing up and I know they enjoy it, so
trying to compete with them is fun. Some of their top guys are
good so it’s sometimes tough to hold my own now not having
played in a couple years. Just a little rusty.”
YOU’VE SAID THAT YOUR FAVORITE MEAL IS DEEP-DISH PIZZA. WHAT ARE YOUR
“I like the green onion, peppers, and sausage. That’s my go-to.
I’ve never been about the pineapple pizza. I’ve tried it and it’s
OK, but I really don’t think it fits with pizza.”
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