It may be one of the most improbable display cases at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On one side, the orange No. 18 Broncos jersey belonging to Peyton Manning. On the other side, the white No. 9 Eagles jersey belonging to Nick Foles. Manning, a Super Bowl champ and first-ballot Hall of Famer, and Foles, who hasn’t even been named the Eagles’ starter for Sunday, now share a display case at the Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, Foles joined Manning as the only NFL quarterbacks in the last 50 years to throw seven touchdowns and no interceptions in a game.
On Monday, the Hall of Fame asked the Eagles for some memorabilia from the game, and on Tuesday the Eagles overnighted a box containing Foles’ game jersey and cleats from Sunday and the football he threw to Riley Cooper for his NFL-record-tying seventh touchdown of the game (see story).
On Wednesday, Hall of Fame Vice President Joe Horrigan opened the box to great fanfare (at least, this passes for great fanfare in Canton, Ohio).
And later Wednesday, Hall of Fame workers placed Foles’ jersey in a case alongside Manning’s jersey from opening day, when he threw seven touchdowns and no interceptions in the Broncos’ 49-27 win over the Ravens in Denver.
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The case is on display in the Pro Football Today Gallery, located on the upper level of the Hall near the entrance rotunda.
“It’s very humbling to know that the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be displaying memorabilia from the game we played this past weekend against Oakland,” Foles said.
“I’ve visited the Hall of Fame in Canton before and have a great appreciation for the history of this game. As I’ve said all week, it was a great team win for us. I couldn’t have done anything out there without my teammates and I wish all of our jerseys could go there. This is a great honor for us.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, near the site of Ralph Hay’s old Hupmobile auto dealership, where a group of owners of various semipro midwest football teams met on Sept. 17, 1920, to form what would become the National Football League.
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