Former Texas high school football QB’s battle for the right to play in the Super Bowl

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The eyes of Texas will be upon the two quarterbacks battling for the right to go Super Bowl LII in Minnesota.  Both NFC championship quarterbacks played their high school football in the Lone Star State.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles, who is playing for Carson Wentz who went-down for the season with injury in December, played at Westlake High School in Austin, which is also Drew Brees’ alma mater.  Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum, who became the No. 1 QB when Sam Bradford was injured in September, played at Wylie High School in Abilene.

Ironically, both quarterbacks played for the Rams, the year before the team moved to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.  In St. Louis, Foles was 4-7 as the Rams’ starter before being benched for Keenum.

Of the two, only Keenum owns a Texas high school football championship.  Keenum led Wylie to the Class 3A Division I championship beating Cuero High School.  He started 42 varsity games with  6,783 yards passing with 48 touchdowns and rushed for 2,000 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Foles was a three-sport athlete at Westlake where he was a two-year starter at quarterback. Foles threw for 5,658 yards and 56 touchdowns, breaking most school records previously held by Brees.  Had the New Orleans Saints not lost on that incredible final play last week, it would have been Westlake vs. Westlake.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.

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