Athletes tend to go through a slew of emotions whenever they face their former team for the first time. That's exactly what Zach Ertz is going through as the tight end's Arizona Cardinals face his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, in NFL Week 5 action.
Ertz opened up this week about how "the last 18 months in Philly weren’t the easiest," reported by NBC Sports' Reuben Frank. The veteran told reporters that even though "there was a lot going on behind the scenes," it's a mixed emotion because he did love his time in the City of Brotherly Love.
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Ertz was an Eagles fan favorite throughout his tenure, but the writing was on the wall once contract extension talks stalled. The two sides were approximately $3 to $4 million apart and with fellow TE Dallas Goedert in the wings, Ertz knew his time with the Eagles was coming to an end.
On Oct. 15, 2021, Ertz was traded to the Cardinals for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick.
Even with that less-than-ideal experience, Ertz had nothing but good things to say about the Eagles ahead of his return. He complimented players past and present, even saying that he likes head coach Nick Sirianni's style despite only playing six games under him.
Additionally, Ertz still does his best to maintain a connection with the city of Philadelphia. He started House of Hope with his wife Julie, "a renovated house in Hunting Park that will become a safe haven for area youths" and other sports-related activities.
"We want this to be a great space that kids can go after school to get tutoring, there’s going to be a community kitchen in there as well, financial literacy courses are going to be taught."- Zack Ertz on House of Hope
The former 2013 second-rounder played 123 games in an Eagles uniform, hauling in 579 receptions for 6,297 yards and 38 touchdowns. He also made three Pro Bowls and was a huge part of the team's Super Bowl LII run, solidifying his status in team history. Clearly, he wouldn't trade any of that back.
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While Ertz has many positive memories to look back on from his time in Philly, one thing is certain: he'll be focused on helping his Cardinals upset the Eagles come Sunday.
Despite being the home team, Arizona has an uphill battle in Week 5. With FanDuel Sportsbook listing the Cardinals as 5.5-point underdogs this week, they could use a vintage Ertz performance against his former organization.
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