September 4, 2010 |
STEPHENVILLE, Texas - It stands there alien in this world of Cowboys. Planted off Route 377, just a football throw from one of the many ranches that dot the Lone Star landscape, is a billboard as unfamiliar in these parts as the sight of a UFO in Philadelphia. The idea behind the sign is not foreign in this football-crazed state. It proudly celebrates a hometown boy - a quarterback, no less - who made it all the way to the NFL. Splashed across the top of the standard-size billboard are the words, "Welcome to Stephenville.
November 12, 2012
On Sunday against the Cowboys, Nick Foles made his NFL debut by replacing injured starting quarterback Michael Vick with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter. On Nov. 23, 2008, against the Ravens, Kevin Kolb got his first significant NFL playing time by replacing struggling starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to open the third quarter. Their results were similarly unsuccessful. Outcomes: Sunday, Cowboys 38, Eagles 23; Nov. 23, 2008, Ravens 36, Eagles 7. Foles' numbers: 22-32-219, 1 TD, 1 INT. Kolb's numbers: 10-23-73, 0 TD, 2 INT. Foles' bright spot: He completed a 44-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin early in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 14-10 lead.
September 17, 2009
Have either of you guys seen anything from Kevin Kolb that leads you to believe he can get the Eagles a win on Sunday? Or a touchdown? I realize we haven't seen much of him yet, but he's been out there long enough where we ought to have seen a spark, a glint, a glimmer, something promising. To me, this guy looks like he couldn't back up Bobby Hoying. For perhaps the first time in our respective 40-year careers, I find myself in complete agreement with Frank. . . . Other than throw interceptions and fumble, Kevin Kolb remains a complete mystery.
December 26, 2008 |
POSITION: Backup quarterback HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-3, 218 AGE: 24. BIRTHDATE: Aug. 24, 1984. HOMETOWN: Victoria, Texas COLLEGE: Houston YEARS PRO: 2 HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted by the Eagles in the second round (36th overall) in 2007. THIS YEAR: Has appeared in five games in relief of Donovan McNabb, with four interceptions in 34 attempts. NEXT YEAR: That's going to be the big question this offseason, isn't it? EARLY EXPOSURE: As a 5-year-old, Kevin would hang around the middle-school team coached by his father, Roy. "I was always in the locker room," Kolb said.
September 27, 2010 |
Eagles starting quarterback Kevin Kolb - who grew from humble, hog-hunting roots into a man anointed by Andy Reid and the organization as the heir to a kingdom with no crown - is dead. He passed away not long after executing his duties as team leader and the face of the franchise for less than a half of one football game. He is survived by anger, betrayal, pity, and doubt, as well as his immediate relative, Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb - a man who bears a striking resemblance to his kin but who recently suffered a horrible setback in life that left him cut off at the knees.
November 1, 2012 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - His detractors regard Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb as more of a liability than an asset. Since the Eagles traded him to the Cardinals on July 28, 2011, Kolb has spent more time in the training room than displaying efficiency on the football field. Kolb missed Arizona's game against the Eagles last November when he was sidelined by a turf toe and missed the final three games of 2011 because of head trauma and the effects of a concussion. Now the 28-year-old Texas native is out indefinitely with rib-cartilage damage.
September 21, 2012 |
When it comes to Kevin Kolb, there are two possibilities. He is the luckiest unlucky guy in the NFL, or he is the unluckiest lucky guy in all of football. Take your pick. It is hard to remember, or even imagine, a player enjoying such spectacularly good fortune while enduring so many unfortunate bad breaks. From the time the Eagles took Kolb in the second round of the 2007 draft, his career has been defined much more by goings-on in front offices and meeting rooms than on the field.
September 24, 2012
GLENDALE, Ariz. - They will forever be intertwined, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. They are disparate quarterbacks in many ways and have had dissimilar careers, but Kolb and Vick are the only ones that know what it was like to live through the 2010 season when Andy Reid benched one for the other. Kolb handled his demotion with class. So it was no surprise that he did not gloat Sunday after he led the 3-0 Cardinals past an Eagles team that has a serious problem at the position he plays.
September 6, 2010 |
Second in the season-preview series. WACO, Texas - If he could have, Kevin Kolb would have followed Art Briles to this south Texas town, home of Baylor University. Twice before in the life and football times of Kolb, he trailed after this Svengali-type coach - first to Stephenville High School and then to the University of Houston. On both occasions, Kolb had to make gut-wrenching decisions. But the road shared by these two Texas slingers, separated only by time and now thousands of miles, had to eventually hit a fork.
January 2, 2011 |
Nine days after Clay Matthews drove his head into the ground, Kevin Kolb was blindsided by his coach. On Sept. 21, the Eagles' starting quarterback walked into Andy Reid's office on the second floor of the NovaCare Complex and, after a long conversation, exited as the backup quarterback. "That," Kolb said more than three months later, "was a tough, tough day. " Reid had decided - after an off-season of building up Kolb, a half-game of football in which the quarterback was ineffective and then concussed, and 11/2 games with a new and vastly improved Michael Vick - that it was time to make a switch.