Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni wears Roxborough High School T-shirt, shares message for shooting victims

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni showed his support for the victims of the fatal Roxborough ambush shooting during his post-game press conference on Sunday.

Sirianni, with his young son on his lap, answered questions from reporters while wearing a Roxborough High School football shirt.

Nicholas Elizalde, 14, was fatally wounded in a shooting outside the high school at around 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday. Four other youths were injured.

Elizalde, from Havertown, Delaware County, attended WB Saul High School, an agricultural charter school that partners with Roxborough for some of its sports, including soccer. Police believe Elizalde was not the shooters’ intended target.


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Sirianni, who has sent messages this season through his choice of t-shirts, spoke about what football meant to him as a kid.

“One of my best memories from growing up is being able to do the things I could do as a little kid on a football field, whether it’s pretending to be Marcus Allen and jumping overboard, setting up the dummies and jump over the stack, accept a handover, or give a player a water bottle,” Sirianni said.

The coach continued with a message to the Roxborough victims.

“I just feel sorry for the kids that they didn’t feel safe, maybe didn’t feel safe, to go there. My heart goes out to her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her. Hopefully they feel safe coming back and play a game that can get us out of bad situations and not put us in bad situations,” Sirianni said.

Eagles linebacker TJ Edwards also paid tribute to the sacrifices. He wore a Roxborough football shirt during the warm-up.

Several Eagles players tweeted last week about the shooting, praying for the families and lamenting that gun violence could destroy the safe space children feel in the sport.

“It has to stop! For these kids, their families and their teammates,” Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson tweeted. “Sport should be a safe haven.”

Eagles wide receiver AJ Brown tweeted, “This breaks my heart. My heart goes out to the children involved and to the one who lost his life. We have to do better. We gotta protect our kids man.”

The Eagles began a campaign called “End Philly Gun Violence” in January, which included partnering with the police force to host a gun buyback at Lincoln Financial Field in June in exchange for gift cards funded by the Eagles organization.

Friends and family are preparing to say their final goodbyes to Elizalde this week.

Elizalde’s viewing is on Tuesday, followed by a funeral on Wednesday.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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