07 Jun

For the Bulls programme we caught up with rookie linebacker Joey Foggan to get his thoughts on life with the Eagles so far…

Name: Joey Foggan
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6ft 1ins
Weight: 220lbs
Hometown: Watford, Hertfordshire
Age: 23
Favourite NFL team: Atlanta Falcons
Favourite NFL player: Lawrence Taylor

How did you get involved with American football?

I have family in America and have been traveling back and forth from a young age and football has just become apart of my life.

Following from quite a young age I had a massive frustration as the sport was not big over here so I could never get to play or find people to talk about it with, but over recent years it has absolutely boomed across the UK which is great.

Has anything taken you by surprise so far?

The level of commitment and work you put in for the sport. Be that at the gym, playbooks, training. All these things make you a better player.

What is your favourite thing about playing for the Eagles so far?

My favourite thing about the Eagles so far would be the mini camps before the season started, the level of commitment and the time and effort put in by the coaches and players to get us ready for the season was outstanding.

I knew after the first camp this is where I wanted to be as a player. To create success you need to be around people who are like minded in achieving the same goals.

What are your aims for the rest of this season?

As a rookie I’m still trying to make plays when I’m on the field, this season I need to show my coaches that I can be that guy that when called on can step up and deliver.

But the time I’ve spent on field the opponents have not scored so my goal for the rest of the season now is that every opportunity I get to go on the field the other team does not score.

If you had one piece of advice for anyone considering playing American Football for the first time, what would it be?

Just do it! You won’t feel more alive, any problems outside of football, bills, work, nagging missus all go away and it’s just football!

There’s no better feeling than padding up and entering the field to do battle with another man! Follow the Eagles on Facebook or Twitter to find out when practice is or when the rookie days are and give it a try.

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