THE EAGLES INSIDER Q&A
Dave Spadaro sits down with rookie running back Miles Sanders in this edition of the Eagles Insider podcast, presented by Lincoln Financial
Group. The two discuss Sanders’ complete NFL debut experience from the day before kickoff to how he celebrated after the victory.
Sanders also shares the impact the veteran players have had on his career, thus far. Check out the interview here!
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DAVE SPADARO: How would you describe your NFL debut on
September 8 against Washington?
MILES SANDERS: “It felt good being out there with the starters.
Basically, finally living my dream. The first thing Duce (Staley,
assistant head coach/running backs) told me is that I’m playing. He’s
going to let me play and fly around. There are going to be mistakes,
but everyone makes mistakes. We’ll come back and correct it. I felt
good out there.”
DS: What was it like the day before your NFL debut?
MS: “The way I approach the game, I don’t get too nervous. I get
anxious, curious about how the game is going to go, but not really
nervous. I’ve been working my whole life for this and that’s how
I took it. Even coming here in Training Camp, I had something to
prove and I’m still proving that. I know a lot of guys have noticed my
work ethic. I come in every day just to work and now that I play on
Sundays, I’m not going to take anything for granted.”
DS: What was the play-by-play of your first professional
MS: “I woke up at 8 a.m., took a shower, and had a quick little
breakfast. I had to be at the stadium by 11 a.m., but I got there
around 9:30 a.m. I feel like I just need time to myself to get my
mind right and focused in, just have peace and listen to my music. I
have my headphones in and block everything out.”
DS: What happens during that half-hour before the game, after
warmups, when everyone is in the locker room?
MS: “It’s quiet. Real quiet. It’s a big difference between
preseason and regular season. Everyone is in their quiet, locked
in. Then Doug (Pederson, head coach) calls it up and it’s time to
DS: What is it like minutes before the game?
MS: “I’m completely locked in. I’m also tearing up because this
is something I’ve been waiting for my whole life. So, when the
national anthem comes on, I started getting chills and thinking, it’s
time to go. It’s exciting.”
DS: Who was in the stands at Lincoln Financial Field cheering
MS: “My mom, my two brothers, my sister, my aunt, my mentor,
my agent, my agency, and my girlfriend were all there to support
me. They were all wearing Miles Sanders jerseys.”
DS: How did you celebrate the victory over Washington?
MS: “I didn’t really do too much. My family stayed until the
next day and I just chilled with them the whole rest of the day and
DS: Who were your favorite players to watch growing up?
MS: “Pretty much everyone on the Steelers. I started loving the
game when I was a Steelers fan.”
DS: Were you always a running back?
MS: “My first year playing football, I was a guard wearing No.
98. Then every year after that, I played running back.”
DS: What is it like working with running backs Darren Sproles,
Jordan Howard, and Corey Clement?
MS: “Getting that type of advice and knowledge from a 15-year
veteran (Sproles) as a running back doesn’t come along often. He
knows and everyone else knows that’s very rare. He’s very cool,
down to earth. He’s funny, too. We always crack jokes in the room,
but when it’s time to get to business, it’s time to get to business.
He’s a professional and I’m just trying to learn from him. As far as
the other guys, they have three, four years under their belt. So,
getting knowledge from them helps a lot, too.”