By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The last time former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas broke a story, he revealed that Nnamdi Asomugha ate lunch in his car instead of with his teammates at the team practice facility.
Hollis may have topped himself.
When Thomas was a rookie in 1996, the Eagles and Phillies shared a home, the legendary Veterans Stadium. It wasn’t the only thing they shared.
“[The Phillies] did have an awesome… we used to share like the shower and rest room area at the Vet, and they had an awesome collection of porn. They did, it was just like a bunch of books in there,” Thomas said Thursday on the 94WIP Morning Show. “It was just in a chest. When I first got there I was like, ‘What is this?’ They was like, ‘This is reading material’. I was like, ‘Reading material?'”
Thomas said that the blue chest of reading material was not a secret.
“Everybody knows about the blue chest,” he said. “It was an array, a pretty good array of magazines. You actually had a variety too. It was almost like a newsstand, put it that way. Actually, yeah, it was the precursor to the internet. You just picked up one, and there was a little sign that said when you’re done with the book, put it back. I did get a couple of books where the pages were stuck together.”
From Nnamdi to blue chests, it seems like Hollis has a book in his future… a book to write, not to read this time.
A former Phillies bat boy chimed in on Twitter, and noted the chest’s decoration: