Tattoos link Eagles QB Nick Foles and 49ers TE Garrett Celek

Garrett Celek
Garrett Celek
Posted: February 01, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - Nick Foles and Garrett Celek are good friends.

How good?

When the two were roommates at Michigan State, they decided to get Chinese symbols tattooed on the inside of their left arms, just under their armpits. Tattoos often come with stories of regret, however.

"I love the guy, but I kind of regret getting them," Celek said. "I need to probably get it removed one day."

Celek is a rookie tight end for San Francisco. The younger brother of Eagles tight end Brent Celek had just gotten done showing his Chinese symbols to someone during Super Bowl media day on Tuesday. When Foles was asked about his tattoo a few months ago, the Eagles quarterback blushed.

"Young and dumb" is how Celek described the two freshmen when they decided one day to get similar-looking tattoos.

Foles' stands for "family," and Celek's translates to "live life."

"One day out of nowhere we we're just sitting in the dorm room, and we were like: 'OK, let's go get tattoos,' " Celek said. "Then it was like, 'All right, let's go.' And this is what we came up with."

Foles and Celek did not initially room together when they arrived at Michigan State; they asked the coaches whether they could share an apartment once the season began. Foles left for Arizona after one season.

"It was real sad to see him leave because we were best buds," Celek said. "But we still stay in contact constantly. Being with the Eagles, he and my brother are real close, and they always hang out."

Celek was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. He made the 53-man roster and made his NFL debut in Week 4 against the New York Jets. He made his first career catch a week later and finished the season with four catches for 51 yards.

He also made it to the Super Bowl before his big brother.

Pees praises Monachino

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said that linebackers coach Ted Monachino, whom the Eagles are said to be eyeing, would made a "tremendous" coordinator.


"His attention to detail; [he's] extremely serious; knows the scheme front and back; and knows a lot of the game, not just his position," Pees said. "He knows the entire front, knows how the coverage coordinates with the front."

Monachino, 46, has never been a coordinator at the NFL or collegiate level. He has been coaching the defensive line and pass-rushing linebackers in the NFL since 2005. All it takes is one team to promote him to run a defense.

"I can't answer what somebody else might or might not take a chance on or do," said Pees, who has coached for several teams. "All I know is I've been around a lot of coaches in 40 years, and he's one of the best I've been around."

Hall at bowl

In August, Chad Hall was released by the Eagles following the preseason for the third straight season. And for the third straight year, they offered him a spot on the practice squad. But Hall said no the third time.

"There's very few opportunities in this league, but it was something I just felt," Hall said five months later. "I was with them for three years, and they cut me again after training camp. I wanted another team to get eyes on me."

It took a while before another team saw something in the 5-foot-8 receiver. Hall was on the street for almost three months before the 49ers offered him a spot on their practice squad. Now he's on the 53-man roster and at the Super Bowl.

Officials named

The NFL has chosen its seven-man officiating crew for Sunday's Super Bowl. Jerome Boger will be the referee in his first Super Bowl assignment. He has been an NFL official for nine years, and has worked four divisional playoff games.

The other officials announced Wednesday are Darrell Jenkins (umpire), Steve Stelljes (head linesman), Byron Boston (line judge), Craig Wrolstad (field judge), Joe Larrew (side judge), and Dino Paganelli (back judge).

Favre on TV

Brett Favre is returning to the NFL - to work for the NFL Network. The retired three-time league MVP quarterback will join the network's crew for daylong coverage of Sunday's NFL championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

More police

A New Orleans police force famed for its crowd-control prowess is getting help from state and federal authorities as the city hosts an estimated 150,000 Super Bowl fans. The city's police force of 1,200 officers was bolstered this week by more than 200 Louisiana State Police troopers and hundreds of federal authorities from a variety of agencies.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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