PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles rookie punt returner Britain Covey will not soon forget his first home game as an NFL player.
When he arrived at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles, before Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, he was denied access to the team parking lot. There were two problems: he had not yet been promoted from the training squad to the active squad and therefore did not have a corresponding passport, and security did not recognize him.
You can forgive them if Covey didn’t exactly find them football dudes: He’s listed at 5-foot-8, 170-pounds and joked in training camp that he was just mistook for a kicker by a fan.
“I said, ‘I was placed on the active roster. I’m a returnee,'” Covey told ESPN. “They looked at me kind of skeptically and after a while they were like, ‘Look man. We’re sorry. You just don’t have a passport.’ I didn’t want to make a scene, so I just said, ‘Okay, just show me where everyone else is parking.’ And so they showed me where to go Everyone otherwise park.”
Covey was referred to a fan lot. His pass worked there and allowed him to bypass the $45 parking fee, but he parked a good quarter mile from the stadium and had to ask some patrons for directions. Covey, who had distinguished himself as a receiver and return specialist for the University of Utah, was hardly recognized on his way to the stadium. A handful of fans spotted him, put two and two together, and snapped a photo to capture the rare rear-end experience.
“Some of them looked at me like, ‘I feel like this guy…’ and finally I said, ‘Are we ready for the game?’ And they said, ‘Yes, are you?’”
Covey made it to the stadium in time and got into the action. In his second NFL game, he returned three punts for a modest 14 yards.
He now has the right parking permit for future home games. Still, Covey is considering making a habit of parking in the fan lot because of the perspective it offered him.
“I’m not far from being that 13-year-old who throws a football at a tailgate and it inspires me to just remember where I come from,” he said.
“I’m committed to proving myself here and you have to start where you started and that’s the bottom and prove yourself,” Covey said. “Honestly, for me it’s a great story because it reminds me of my mentality. … She makes me want to play better, she makes me want to be better.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34637972/philadelphia-eagles-rookie-britain-covey-parked-fans-being-denied-access-players-lot Philadelphia Eagles rookie Britain Covey parked with fans after being denied access to players lot