Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Eagles’ starting punt returner Britain Cov He won’t soon forget his first home game as an NFL player.
He was denied access to the team parking lot as he arrived at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles’ stadium, before Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. There were two problems: He hadn’t been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster yet and therefore didn’t have the proper pass and safety didn’t know him.
You could forgive Covey if he didn’t hit them like a football: He’s listed at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds and joked in training camp that he was mistaken for a fan.
“I said I was promoted to the active roster. I’m a return guy,” Covey told ESPN. “They looked at me suspiciously and after a while, “Here, man. forgive me. You just don’t have a pass.” I didn’t want to make a scene, so I said, ‘Okay, show me where someone else is going to park.’ all of them other parks.”
Covey was directed to a fan base. His passport worked there, allowing him to bypass the $45 parking fee, but he had to park a good quarter-mile from the stadium and ask some patrons for directions. Covey, who excelled as a receiver and return specialist for the University of Utah, was rarely recognized on his way to the stadium. A handful of fans spotted him, put two and two together and took a photo to capture the unusual tail.
“A few of them were looking at me like, ‘I feel like that’s the guy…’ and finally, ‘Are we ready for the game?’ They said: ‘Yes, is that you?’ They said.
Covey made his way to the stadium in time and entered the field. He returned three punts for 14 yards in his second NFL game.
He said he now has the proper parking pass for future home games. Still, Covey is considering a parking experience at the fan because of the views he offers.
“I’m not that far away from being that 13-year-old kid throwing a football around and it inspires me to remember where I came from,” he said.
“I’m determined to prove myself here and you have to start where you start, and that’s the bottom line and prove yourself,” Covey said. “It’s a really good story for me because it reminds me of my mindset… it makes me play better, it makes me better.”