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December 28, 2008
Feagles ready to kick it
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SAN ANTONIO - It's not uncommon for NFL player's kids to become childhood friends. The chance of both of them meeting up once again over 10 decades later in the U.S. Army All-American Game is something much rarer.
"My roommate is Jake Golic," said kicker C.J. Feagles in San Anotnio on Sunday. "We grew up together when I lived in Arizona from pre-school to first grade. I hadn't seen him in 10 years so it's a big coincidence that we're rooming together."
Mike Golic and Jeff Feagles both played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1990 to 1992. The two will be reunited on the same East team this upcoming Saturday.
"It's awesome; it's a great honor to be here," Feagles said. "I never really experienced anything like this. It's really shocking for me."
Feagles was also surprised when UNC extended an offer so quickly when he took a trip there last June.
"The head coach at UNC, Butch Davis, recruited my dad out of high school and so they're family friends,' Feagles said. "He coached at Miami when he was there. They have a punter on scholarship and he's a senior. They're not going to have him next year so he called my dad and said, 'Hey, I heard your son is a punter. Have him come down and we'll look at him.' I went down there and had a tryout and they offered me on the spot."
That's all the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect needed to hear and he ended his recruiting process by committing to the Tar Heels just two days later. Though a try out to Boston College was planned the next weekend, Feagles cancelled the visit and hasn't heard from another school since.
"As far as I know, no one has even tried to come after me," he said. "It's cool because I fell in love with UNC the minute I got there. Until I committed, everything pretty much stopped. It's a pretty strong verbal."
It's obvious that Feagles' dad has been able to handle the big time pressure of playing in front of a national television audience as he's currently the starting punter for the New York Giants in his 20th year in the NFL. His son will play with millions of people watching for the first time in his career this upcoming weekend.
"I try not to think about it much," he said. "Once it comes, I don't know how I'll be able to handle it but hopefully it won't be that big of a deal for me."