Friday, November 1, 2013
Kendricks, Ertz look for 'home'-field edge
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- It won’t end the team’s 10-game losing streak, but a few Philadelphia Eagles will get a chance to win a home game Sunday in Oakland.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who is from Fresno, needed 43 tickets for the friends and family who will attend the Eagles’ game with the Raiders on Sunday.
"That has to be a team record,” said Kendricks, who played his college ball at California-Berkeley. "I have people coming up from Fresno. I have Bay Area people, even some people flying out from here."
While he wasn’t a big Raiders fan growing up, Kendricks knew enough about the reputation of the Black Hole.
"My family won’t be wearing any green,” Kendricks said.
Rookie tight end Zach Ertz, who went to high school in Danville and played at Stanford, was looking forward to seeing family. He has been keeping connected via text message and other means, but hasn’t had much face time with his parents or brothers.
"This is the farthest I’ve been from home," Ertz said.
Ertz said he had “around 20” tickets set aside for family and friends.
"Obviously, I want to make some big plays out there," Ertz said.
Like Kendricks, Ertz wasn’t much of a football fan growing up. He played basketball and enjoyed watching the Lakers, but the Eagles’ first preseason game was the first NFL game he ever attended in person.