Kevin Kolb didn't really follow the NFL as a kid because he spent most Sundays at a high school fieldhouse with his coach father. That said, he couldn't help but notice that Troy Aikman was leading the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowls in the 90s.
That's why he's thrilled to have Aikman's number in his cell phone these days. The two met when Aikman was preparing to broadcast an Eagles game a couple years ago. And a few days ago, Kolb received a text from Aikman wishing him the best of luck in camp.
"I was just watching some film of him a few days ago," Kolb told me Tuesday. "His timing and accuracy was amazing. I just sat there in awe of how the ball always arrived on time. I know he's in the Hall of Fame, but quite honestly, I don't think he gets enough credit for how good he was."
So does all this love between a Cowboys icon and the new Eagles quarterback make anyone queasy? I think it's wise on Kolb's part to reach out to past and present quarterbacks as he prepares to take over the reins in Philly. He sent text messages to former Texas high school star Drew Brees asking for advice, and he reached out to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to quiz him about following an elite quarterback.
I think Kolb's certainly his own man, but there's nothing wrong with reaching out to some folks who might offer some insight.