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WATCH: Eagles’ Darren Sproles gives ball to N.J.’s Mike Trout at end of touchdown run vs. Houston Texans

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles got off to a fast start against the Houston Texans on Sunday, scoring a touchdown on a Nick Foles pass to veteran running back Darren Sproles.

The diminutive 35-year-old took Foles’ screen (see video above), evaded one tackler and broke another on his way to a 37-yard touchdown.

As he ran to the back of the end zone, Sproles spotted a familiar face in the stands and tossed him the football.

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That was, of course, MLB star Mike Trout. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder is from the area — he attended Millville High School — and is known for his Eagles fandom. He often attends Eagles home games at LIncoln Financial Field when the Angels aren’t in-season, and he’s close friends with quarterback Carson Wentz.

Trout’s affinity for Philadelphia sports is part of why some speculation has the Phillies attempting to pursue him when he’s set to become a free agent in 2021.

Trout, 27, is widely considered the best player in baseball and has made seven straight All-Star games and twice won the AL MVP award.

As for Sproles, it was his third touchdown of the season after he previously hadn’t scored since 2016. Sproles missed 10 games earlier this season as he dealt with a lingering hamstring injury but has since become a key part of an Eagles offense that recently lost another running back, Corey Clement, for the season with a knee injury.

Sproles started Sunday’s game ahead of talented undrafted rookie Josh Adams.

Zack Rosenblatt may be reached at zrosenblatt@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ZackBlatt. Find NJ.com on Facebook.



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