Hometown pride runs deep for many people. It’s an association that unites us with our community, our roots, and ultimately where we identify our safe place.
A hometown could be a place you’re actually from, or just a place where you identify with because of the memories made there.
For Matthew McConaughey and Nick Foles, their hometown of Austin unites them.
Matthew McConaughey has always been a huge fan of football. He regularly attends games at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.
Foles was awarded “Super MVP honors after passing for 373 yards and three scores while also catching a touchdown on a trick play in the Eagles 41-33 upset of the New England Patriots.”
He is also reported to be an all around awesome young man at 29 years old.
His history with the Eagles is reminiscent of underdog status. He was promoted to starting quarterback after Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL.
Although McConaughey rooted for Washington throughout the football season, the “bromance” was certainly real for him and Foles.
McConaughey so strongly identified with this player that when Foles was awarded MVP, he took out a full page ad in the local Austin American-Statesman newspaper on Sunday, Feb. 11.
The ad reads, “From one local to another, Congratulations Nick Foles. Just Keep Livin, Matthew McConaughey.”
Who else read that in their minds with McConaughey’s iconic tone?
The editor of the Austin American-Statesmen felt similar pride with McConaughey and tweeted, “Bromance, Austin-style, in the pages of today’s Austin American-Statesman as @McConaughey took out an ad to congratulate @NFoles_9. Alright, alright, alright. #FlyEaglesFly.”
— John Bridges (@JohnBridges) February 11, 2018
Foles was born in Austin, and the celebration has certainly not stopped with McConaughey’s over the top accolade.
Mayor Steve Adler announced that Feb. 9 will now be known as “Nick Foles Day” in Austin.
Foles also played football in high school while living in Austin. Talk about some hometown love!
One thing is for sure, football players are our modern day gladiators. It’s wonderful to see that the “bromance” is strong between fans and players.
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