Mark Sanchez was the handsome media darling of New York for a nanosecond, but his Jets kept missing the runway and he got hurt and sent out of town. If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, famously. But if you can’t–there’s W.C. Fields’ wisdom and Sanchez seems to have taken it to heart: he’d rather be in Philadelphia.
Now after an injury to Eagles starter Nick Foles, Sanchez stepped in to quarterback the 7-2 Philadelphia Eagles with command and aplomb. He threw for 332 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against Carolina to get a Philly victory. Sanchez is a grateful guy–you can hear it when he speaks in interviews. He loves to play football and never wants to be on the outs again. When Foles went down Sanchez was ready, because according to a great article by Jenny Ventras, Sanchez got an “intervention” last January from his friend and trainer Todd Norman. It changed the way Sanchez looked at his future. Norman said of the January meeting, “This was a defining offseason for him. This was a situation where you either break through or go downhill from here.” And Sanchez heard him, and started climbing.