Nate Sudfeld made sure he got to keep the the ball from his first career touchdown pass.
Sudfeld is the third-string quarterback for the Eagles. When Nick Foles went down with a rib injury in Philadelphia’s 24-0 victory against Washington on Sunday, Sudfeld got just his second chance to throw a pass this season.
While replacing Foles, Sudfeld threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor, who gave the ball to a 10-year-old in the stands. Sudfeld followed up by retrieving the ball from the young fan. He made arrangements to replace the ball for Cohen Zechman.
“Yeah, I felt pretty bad, but I went up to the kid and his dad and I was like, ‘Hey it’s my first touchdown, is there any way we can switch you out?’ So we ended up getting him another ball. They were really nice about it,” Sudfeld told reporters after the game. “But I really wanted to keep the first touchdown pass.”
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Sudfeld’s touchdown pass was his only throw of the day. The Eagles’ victory helped secure them a spot in the playoffs. They’ll take on the Bears in the NFC wild-card round on Jan. 6 to kick off their postseason journey.
“I knew he deserved it more than me because he’s a player. I know I’d want my first touchdown pass ball back,” Zechman said. “I was just there to watch. He’s the player. He earned it more.”
Sudfeld was drafted by the Redskins in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Despite his injury, Foles is expected to start against Chicago.