Thomas Froschle and Maryanne Goslee are both lifelong Eagles fans. They were born in the Randall Cunningham era, and as the players on the field have changed from Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook to Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy, the couple has continued to bleed green through and through. Eagles football is a huge part of their lives, so much so that they have elected to have an Eagles-themed wedding this May.
“The tables are all decorated as Eagles players, and we’re also setting up a Chip Kelly table,” Goslee said.
“We’re coming out to the Eagles fight song too, so it’s getting pretty intense,” Froschle said with a bit of surprise in his voice.
Apparently, his fiancée had planned that, and the groom-to-be was just hearing the news for the first time.
“These little details even I didn’t know about,” he said with a laugh.
Of course, wedding planning can be a long and complicated process, so it’s understandable that some things slip through the cracks. But when it came time to starting sending out the invitations, the couple decided to mail one out to One NovaCare Way to see if Coach Kelly could make it.
“We always knew that we were going to do something Eagles-themed, and we were thinking, ‘Hey, maybe we could send an invitation for Chip,’ right when he got hired last year,” Froschle said. “Then after we booked our wedding, I guess down the line Roger Goodell moved the draft back to May 10, so we said, ‘Well that’s the weekend of our wedding, but we said ‘Oh, let’s just said one anyway.’ I didn’t expect a response because of the draft.”
Froschle jokingly told his friends about sending the invite over to Coach Kelly, and it sounds as if they had a little bit more confidence than he did. They had heard stories of pro athletes receiving invites and sending the reply card back autographed. But this was the first time his friends had ever heard of someone sending a wedding invite to a coach whom he didn’t know.
“We weren’t really expecting anything,” Froschle said. “It was almost like a gag, really.”
The couple recently received one of their invitations back in the mail. To the pair’s amazement, the reply was from none other than the Eagles head coach.
As you can see, Kelly did indeed respond, writing that he was appreciative of the invite, but that he had other obligations that weekend – namely the NFL Draft.
This isn’t the first time that Kelly has responded to a fan’s request. Perhaps Froschle’s optimistic friends had heard about the time Kelly had responded in a similar way to an Oregon fan. Back in 2009, Boise State defeated Oregon 19-8 in Kelly’s head coaching debut. Tony Seminary, a disgruntled fan who traveled to see the game, sent Kelly a letter telling him that he was so upset with the way Oregon played that he should have his money refunded. Many coaches receive letters like this from fans and simply discard them. Kelly, on the other hand, mailed Seminary a check, signed by Kelly himself, for all of his travel and game expenses.
The couple wasn’t aware of that story, so as you can imagine, it was quite the shock to see the four letters etched at the bottom of the returned invite.
“When we first saw it we were really caught off-guard,” Froschle said. “We were like ‘Whoa, this is Chip Kelly. It says Chip on the bottom.’ So we just kind of took it in stride and kind of freaked out. I took a picture of it and sent it to my friends.”
As the Eagles head coach, it’s obvious that Kelly will have his attention on the NFL Draft on that weekend in May, as the organization looks to bring in a talented new group of young players. But like Kelly, the future newlyweds will also be keeping an eye on what the Eagles are up to. They hadn’t anticipated the NFL Draft and their wedding to be taking place on the same weekend, but they will find a way to make things work.
“I may have my smartphone in my pocket,” Froschle said. “Especially because it’s the fourth through the seventh rounds, and you never really know when those sneaky picks come in.”
Kelly may not be able to attend, but after all, it’s the thought that counts. Froschel and Goslee have always been united by their Eagles fandom, but on May 10, they will also be bound in holy matrimony.
And the best part?
The Eagles theme was all Goslee’s idea.
“I think you know the answer to that one. I don’t have that much pull,” Froschlee responded when asked whose idea an Eagles wedding was. “That’s all my fiancée’s idea. She’s a big Eagles fan.”
Goslee also said that if her future husband would have been a Dallas fan, there is no way that a Cowboys wedding would happen. Sounds like a keeper.