September 29, 2014 |
Zach Ertz was not given a choice of where to attend college. It did not matter whether Stanford was less than one hour away from his home in Alamo, Calif., or nearly 3,000 miles away in Philadelphia. Lisa Ertz wanted her son at Stanford if he could gain admittance. It was a residual benefit that Stanford was a short drive from Alamo. Lisa went to every game, and Ertz remained in close contact with his three younger brothers. A child of divorce, Ertz said he assumed some fatherly responsibilities for the boys while in high school.
October 12, 1987 |
It was last fall, on the trip back to West Chester from his official recruiting visit to the University of Pittsburgh, that Eric Seaman almost caused a major pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. His mother, Barbara, was asleep in the back seat. His father, Norton, was concentrating on the monotonous stretch of highway when Eric asked what Norton thought of Pitt. "I liked it," said Norton Seaman cautiously. "So did I," said Eric. "That's where I'm going. " "Dad was so excited," recalled Eric Seaman, "that he almost drove off the road.
June 17, 2014 |
ONCE THE SEVENTH and final round of the NFL draft concludes each spring, it's typically interesting to learn which undrafted free agents the Eagles are bringing in for training camp. There's usually a good story or two among them, perhaps a kicker with a unique nickname or a former star running back who overcame extreme medical odds to earn a pro contract. But of the 15 undrafted rookies the Eagles signed after last month's draft, there is perhaps none a more intriguing prospect in Chip Kelly's system than Trey Burton, the multifaceted tight end from the University of Florida.
April 27, 2013
Day 1 LANE JOHNSON First round, fourth overall Position: Tackle College: Oklahoma Size: 6-foot-6, 303 pounds Hometown: Groveton, Texas Skinny: A former high school and junior college quarterback, Johnson moved to tackle only two years ago. He played both left and right tackle for the Sooners and said he is comfortable on either side. But he is likely to be the starter at right tackle. He started at tackle his final two college games then rose up the draft chart after the Senior Bowl and the combine.
June 19, 2013 |
Jordan Poyer took part in Oregon State's graduation on Saturday and flew to Philadelphia on Sunday, but he struggled to fall asleep that night in his airport hotel room. He was awake at about 5 a.m. when Zach Ertz walked into the room after taking a red-eye from San Francisco following his graduation from Stanford on Sunday. By Monday morning, both Eagles draft picks were in the team's facility for the first time since rookie minicamp in early May. Ertz, a tight end taken in the second round, and Poyer, a cornerback drafted in the seventh round, missed all of the organized team activities and the first minicamp because of an NFL rule that does not allow rookies to join their teams until their college terms are completed.
January 19, 1987 |
In the end, the University of Pittsburgh won out. After visiting the school Jan. 10 and 11, West Chester East football star Eric Seaman made a verbal commitment to attend. Under college rules, he is allowed to sign a letter of intent after Feb. 11. Seaman, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end and defensive end for the Vikings, was named to The Inquirer's all-area team for the season. Although he had visited Notre Dame and was scheduled to visit Syracuse and Rutgers, Seaman said that the minute he stepped on Pitt's campus, he knew it would be his choice.
August 14, 2013 |
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
September 18, 1988 |
Haddon Township football coach Bill Hoover hopes his team will turn the corner to respectability this season. After finishing with a 3-5-1 record last season in the Colonial Conference - Haddon Township's fifth straight year without a winning season - Hoover is looking for his Hawks to reach the .500 level this season. Haddon Township had six straight winning seasons between 1977 and 1982. But only a 4-4-1 record in 1986 has relieved the string of losing seasons in recent years.
August 28, 2014 |
THE GUY WHO is going to make you forget about DeSean Jackson this season isn't Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper or even rookie Jordan Matthews. The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz. He's not Jimmy Graham. Yet. He'a not Jason Witten or Rob Gronkowski. Yet. And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.
September 12, 2014 |
ANDREW LUCK phoned Zach Ertz last week and the former Stanford teammates wished each other luck in their season openers. They also discussed meeting up before Monday night's game at Lucas Oil Stadium, where for the first time in each of their burgeoning professional careers they will play as opponents. Luck, the Colts' third-year quarterback, and Ertz, the Eagles' second-year tight end, are rising stars at their respective positions. Their talent was apparent early in each of their careers at Stanford, where they connected nine times for touchdowns in two seasons on the field together, in 2010 and 2011.