Disaster For Aussie NFL Star Jordan Mailata As His Parents See Him For The First Time In Three Years


Finally getting his parents to the other side of the world to watch him play in the NFL for the first time should have been a lifetime highlight for Aussie gridiron star Jordan Mailata – but instead it turned into something of a nightmare .

The former NRL player’s Philadelphia Eagles laid an egg of epic proportions when they were beaten 20-10 by heavy underdog New Orleans Saints on Sunday, local time — and fans were so embarrassed that they apologized to the parents of the Australian.

Mailata’s father Tupa’i and mother Maria had never had the chance to see their son play in the NFL, which he joined in the 2018 draft before stunning fans and pundits by becoming one of the best in the league at his position, left tackle.

The demands to get up to speed despite never having played the game before the Eagles selected him, Covid travel restrictions – and the massive 10,000-mile journey from his hometown of Sydney – kept Mailata separated from his hometown for three years. parents.

Mailata hadn't seen his parents (pictured together) for three years thanks to Covid travel restrictions and the long journey from Australia to Philadelphia - but their reunion didn't go to plan

Mailata hadn’t seen his parents (pictured together) for three years thanks to Covid travel restrictions and the long journey from Australia to Philadelphia – but their reunion didn’t go to plan

The giant Australian (right) posed a lone figure on the Eagles bench after their upset loss to the New Orleans Saints

The giant Australian (right) posed a lone figure on the Eagles bench after their upset loss to the New Orleans Saints

The giant Australian (right) posed a lone figure on the Eagles bench after their upset loss to the New Orleans Saints

That ended late last week, when Tupa’i and Maria reached Philadelphia, with the city expecting the Eagles to make a strong run to a second Super Bowl title after being the NFL’s top team for long stretches of the season.

The Saints were said to be easybeats, prompting Mailata to say before the game, “I hope the Linc [Lincoln Field, Philadelphia’s home ground] can give them a good experience, hopefully not too much boos. That would be great for my parents’ home game.’

Instead, the Eagles left the field to a chorus of boos after the loss, leaving them scoreless in the first half for the only time this season.

The loss saw them miss out on the vital No. 1 seed for the playoffs, which would have guaranteed them home field advantage in the postseason – and the famously blunt Eagles fans did not hold back their criticism.

“Sorry to your family @jordan_mailata, they had to look at Minshew today. Please bring them back when Hurts plays,” one fan tweeted, referring to backup quarterback Gardner Minshew, who played poorly in the absence of regular QB Jalen Hurts.

“@Eagles if you think you feel bad imagine you are Jordan Mailata’s family coming from Australia to watch that awful game,” wrote another Philly diehard.

Tupa'i and Maria Mailata had great seats when they saw their son play an NFL game for the first time.  However, what they saw on the field wasn't that great

Tupa'i and Maria Mailata had great seats when they saw their son play an NFL game for the first time.  However, what they saw on the field wasn't that great

Tupa’i and Maria Mailata had great seats when they saw their son play an NFL game for the first time. However, what they saw on the field wasn’t that great

Eagles fans - who are not known for their reluctance to criticize their team - apologized to Mailata's parents for the shocking loss

Eagles fans - who are not known for their reluctance to criticize their team - apologized to Mailata's parents for the shocking loss

Eagles fans – who are not known for their reluctance to criticize their team – apologized to Mailata’s parents for the shocking loss

“Honestly, who I feel the worst for is @jordan_mailata’s family. Showed up to their first Eagles game and had to see that. I wish it was a better experience for them,” another fan added.

“All of you are doing this in front of Jordan Mailata’s parents, how dare you,” Brooke Destra wrote.

To make matters worse for Mailata, many fans said he should have been called for a crucial holding penalty that nullified a touchdown run – instead of fellow offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, who was wrongly flagged during the game.

After the game, the 166 kg lineman was blunt about what defeat meant for the team.

“Losses will always expose the foundation of a team,” he said.

“If there’s no sense of responsibility from the team as a whole when we watch that movie, then we’ve just wasted an entire season.”

The Eagles face the New York Giants in their final regular season game this Sunday and can still secure the NFC No. 1 title if they win and lose to the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

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