Eagles Q&A: Cam Jurgens' other dream job


Each week during the 2022 season, we’re going through the Eagles’ media guide to find an interesting nugget.

The Eagles’ PR interns do a great job filling out these little oddities in the media guides and they serve as a good way to meet the player behind the helmet.

This week, we chatted with rookie center Cam Jurgens, whose dream job outside playing football would be: “Probably a NASCAR driver, especially when I was a little kid.”

Me: Was NASCAR a big deal in your family growing up?

Jurgens: I think that was probably when I was a little kid. I probably thought it would be fun to be an NFL player or a NASCAR driver.

Me: Do you follow it at all now?

Jurgens: No.

Me: Did you as a kid, though?

Jurgens: A little bit, yeah.

Me: Was there a favorite driver?

Jurgens: I kind of liked the Ford drivers, I was big into those guys. I think back in the day it was, like, Mark Martin or something.

Me: Oh OK. How are you as a driver?

Jurgens: I’m a good driver, I’d say. I’m no racer, but I’ve always wanted to try it out. We had in Beatrice (Nebraska) where I grew up, we had like a dirt race track in town. It was a smaller town thing but it was fun to go to those races as a kid.

Me: The whole town goes out to watch?

Jurgens: Yeah, a lot of people do.

Me: I know there aren’t a ton around here but would you go out and watch now?

Jurgens: Yeah, it would be fun if there were some around.

Me: I think there’s one in Jersey. Where’s that? Atco has a raceway.

Jurgens: Really? That would be pretty cool.

Me: How do you think you would do at it?

Jurgens: I think I’d be alright. I’d probably crash. I’d probably be good up until I crashed.

Me: I think Fletcher Cox is involved in racing.

Jurgens: Oh is he? I’ll have to ask him about it. I’ve talked to him about his cattle before because I grew up on farms and he has a bunch of cows so it was interesting talking to him about that.

NOTE: Cox owns a drag racing team that competes around the country. He grew up fixing cars at a young age.

Me: Oh yeah, at the ranch. Would you fit in a race car?

Jurgens: Oh no. In high school, I tried to fit in one of the racing cars that went out to the dirt track and I was squeezed up tight. You’d have to get one with a special build.

Me: Maybe one of the trucks. Are the trucks bigger?

Jurgens: Yeah, they are. But it’s so tight to get in there. Those doors are welded shut. You gotta get in through the window.

Me: Yeah, it would be a little tough. Maybe when the playing days are done.

Jurgens: Yeah, i’d have to wait a year for me to drop 50 pounds at least.

Me: Thank you. I appreciate it.

Jurgens: Yeah.

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