The New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles divisional round matchup in the Superdome for the right to advance to the NFC Championship Game will have the nation’s full attention.
However, outside of New Orleans and Philadelphia, there’s perhaps no other city that will be more captivated than Austin, Texas on Sunday.
That’s where Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Drew Brees and Nick Foles played prep football at vaunted Westlake High School.
During their illustrious high school stints, Brees guided the Chaparrals to a state title in 1996 and Foles was at the helm of a state runner-up in 2006.
Brees concluded his high school career with 5,461 yards and 50 touchdowns. Foles surpassed Brees in the record book at Westlake to amass 5,658 yards and 56 touchdowns during his high school career.
#TBT Westlake QBs: Drew Brees and Nick Foles
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 10, 2019
Brees recalls a memory of a teenage Foles.
“I remember seeing him play in high school,” Brees said according to Pro Football Talk. “The 10-year anniversary for my high school football team state championship was 2006. It was actually during the season. It was a Friday night. I remember flying back and kind of being part of that homecoming experience and the starting quarterback for my high school at the time was Nick Foles. Funny how things play out, but he’s done a phenomenal job.”
Flash forward to the present and the proud alums are competing in the postseason for the second time, with Brees getting the better of Foles in a Wild Card game on Jan. 4, 2014.
Foles rallied the visiting Eagles past the Chicago Bears for a 16-15 victory last weekend in the Wild Card round. Brees and the Saints earned a postseason bye for clinching the best record in the NFC.
The Saints cruised to a 48-7 victory vs. the Eagles in the Superdome in Week 10.
Brees has great admiration for the defending Super Bowl champion and is in regular contact with him.
“I stay in touch with him a little bit and have been happy for his success,” Brees said to Pro Football Talk. “He’s, obviously, worked very hard for it.”
Regarding the distinguished quarterback history at Westlake, Brees quipped to Pro Football Talk that “It’s something in that Colorado River water I guess.”
Super Bowl MVPs Nick Foles and Drew Brees have sure come a long way from these Westlake High yearbook photos.
— Jeff Barker (@JeffBarker_) January 10, 2019
The current cast of Westlake football players will gather around a large projector in the school cafeteria on Sunday to witness the special moment.
Brees and Foles inspires hope for the next generation in Austin.
“To have two Super Bowl MVPs from the same high school,” Westlake football coach Dodge said to NOLA.com. “It’s something we’re all very proud of.”