Oftentimes when a player is traded or leaves via free agency, there is some lingering hostility toward his former team. Kevin Kolb was drafted by the Eagles with the intention of making him the heir to the Donovan McNabb throne in Philly. Then came the unpredictable resurrection of Michael Vick’s career, which resulted in Kolb being traded to the Cardinals.
Since his departure, Kolb has had nothing but compliments for his former organization. He spoke with reporters in July about the respect players have for Andy Reid and now insists he’s genuinely rooting for his former teammates this season.
“I just saw that they won and it looked like Mike moved around a lot and he made some plays with his feet,” Kolb told the Scott Van Pelt show when asked if he had watched the Eagles-Rams game over the weekend. “If we don’t win it, I want them to win it. I truly mean that. I love those guys over there and I wish them the best except for Week 10 or 11, whenever it is that we play them.”
Kolb’s skill paired with his demeanor is what could ultimately turn him into a star in the NFL. He has faced a number of frustrating situations since being drafted by the Eagles and handled them all perfectly, saying all the right things along the way. An ability to handle the spotlight is one of the most underrated factors that determines a quarterback’s success in the NFL, and Kolb is on his way to mastering that early in his career.