Eagles TE Trey Burton explains how the Philly Special came to be and what it means to be a Super Bowl champion

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Joining Cris Carter, Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe on First Things FIrst, Eagles T Trey Burton explains how the 'Philly Special' came to be, delivering the CIty of Brotherly Love its first Vince Lombardi trophy and what it means to be a Super Bowl champion.

- We put it in for the Falcons the first playoff game that we played. And this, you know, week to week, if we were in the perfect situation for it, I felt like Coach would call it. And I was you know, elbowing him on the sideline during the Vikings game, trying to get it called. And we were up, you know, so much that he didn't want to show it. And, I mean, when he called it, I remember just putting my head down, listening to the play and Foles says Philly special. I looked up, and I-- like wide eyed, like, all right. Let's do it. And, I mean, the rest is history.

- Now I love the fact that you've given us insight as far as what the play was. But now, when was the last pass you threw? Because I know you had some quarterbacking in your day.

- I would say probably my freshman year in college.

CHRIS CARTER: At the University of Florida.

- Yeah.

CHRIS CARTER: Yeah, that's what I remember. I remember you being at Florida when they converted you to tight end. But I thought was really special about the play was, as a former quarterback, you know throwing the football is better without the glove. But, you didn't want to give it away.


- So you left the gloves on and you played with them the way you always play with your gloves. You never strap them down.


- So even when you threw the pass, there was no way to give away the play. I was able to see that, like, because, typically, when you see that, a guy will take the glove off and tuck it in. And then you say, OK, in the film, you could see, he didn't have a glove on. When I saw you had both your gloves on. Now, the play is run. You saw that they took the fake. You see Nick. There's 100 million people watching. I saw the ball. It wasn't your best spiral.

TREY BURTON: Yeah, yeah.

- Tell me how-- did you-- did you choke it a little bit? Come on.

- It's not always the best spiral. Like, it gets there, where it needs to be. But it's not going to be the best spiral coming from me.

CHRIS CARTER: You just knew your wide receiver was wide open.

TREY BURTON: All I saw was Foles.

CHRIS CARTER: Don't miss him.

- That's all I saw. I didn't see anybody else. Threw it up there.

- CC's mentioning you not taking the glove off before the play. But for really smart, well-coached offensive players, sometimes they can see-- we've heard guys talk about, I know if a receiver's getting the ball, or if it's a run play based on their stance, like, the look in their eyes. How are-- when they call that play, are you instantly having to recheck yourself to make sure all your emotions and facial expressions, things like that, pre-snap, are the same as any goal line play? Or are you even thinking about that?

- I wasn't really thinking about it. You know, I was just thinking about catching the pitch from Clement, and finding Foles. You know, they told me that my first option was to run. But ain't no way I was running it.

CHRIS CARTER: No no. You pulled up. You pulled up-- you pulled up immediately. But from a play called standpoint, cause we know, you and I talked about the Vikings game. And one of the disadvantages, the Vikings, they're one of the top defense in the NFL the last three years. But coming into this game, you guys had totally changed your game plan. So the Vikings or Philadelphia, they were not ready for how aggressive you guys were going to play.

TREY BURTON: Yeah, and like, watching film the two weeks that you have for the Super Bowl, man, the Patriots were really tough in the red zone and really tough on the goal line. I don't think they had a rushing touch-- maybe one the whole season-- on them, on the goal line. And so, we knew we had to do something different. And man, it was really cool.