AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even though it’s been years since Nick Foles stepped inside the halls of his Eanes Independent School District elementary school, the football player now headed to the Super Bowl is being cheered on by his littlest fans.

On Friday, the students at Foles’ elementary school, Bridge Point, held a pep rally for the NFL player. Outside the school, there are words of encouragement on the lawn. The school put up signs that read: “Go Nick Go” and “#FlyEaglesFly!”

During the pep rally, the children even sang a song to cheer him on!

Foles’ fifth-grade teacher, Ann Root, remembers him growing up spending his time running around in the neighborhood.

“He was somebody I remembered that my boys would play football with,” Root said. “He wasn’t overly aggressive or none of the things you think of that you have to be, to be a star in the NFL. He was just this really nice kid you would want your kids to be friends with.”

Root said the former student turned pro football player wasn’t always perfect, but he listened and always did his homework.

Foles went on to graduate from Westlake High School. KXAN’s Chris Tavarez spoke with Foles’ coach during his time with the Chaparrals. 

“We are pulling for you,” Root said and cheered, “Go Eagles!”

Here’s hoping a hometown boy takes home the trophy on Sunday.

You can watch Super Bowl LII on KXAN starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.