Jalen Hurts may call himself a “rare breed,” but Gardner Minshew is a different animal altogether. The backup quarterback comes with street smarts and determination. He is the “wandering, gambling man”.
Minshew caught the eye of the football world on July 25 when he posted an epic video to Instagram. In it, the Mississippi native explains that he has been living in a “converted passenger transport bus” since February 20. He has traveled 146,000 miles by bus while hiking across the country, including the long haul from Philadelphia to Bonita Springs, Fla., where he trained with CTP’s Anthony Tumbarello.
Minshew appears to be in the best shape of his life, pushing the limits in the weight room and on the soccer field. He appears ready to put up a fight for his money at Jalen Hurts at Philadelphia Eagles training camp while promising that the “best is yet to come” in Year 4 of his NFL journey.
“A few things I’ve learned in that time: If you have a dream to pursue, things to learn, and people to love, then you don’t need much more,” Minshew wrote on Instagram. “It’s not as important to know what’s around the next corner as it is to trust that you can handle anything.”
Minshew has also improved off the field. He’s picked up some “hippie tendencies” like playing guitar — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas & the Papas provide some of his favorite riffs — and joked that “bus-lovin’ is one of the best lovin’s out there.” But at the end of the day, Minshew’s goal was to improve as a football player.
“What about soccer? It’s all about football,” Minshew said. “That’s why I’ve been parking here since February 20th. That’s why I’ve been going to the field twice a day for 10 weeks. And that’s why I’m so excited to drive this thing back to Philly and get it done. Go, birds!”
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Minshew enjoyed cruising America’s highways all summer, but all good things must come to an end. The 26-year-old is ready to sell his souped-up bus to the highest bidder. It is equipped with “energy efficient air conditioning, hob and fridge” and has just been serviced by a qualified mechanic.
He sells it for $25,000; Serious inquiries only. Minshew also knows his audience, telling fans, “This former passenger transport bus has been completely rehabilitated and would be perfect as a tailgate (for Birds games), semi- or permanent residence, and obviously and very tastefully as a love shack baby.”
“The bus is really something I’ve wanted to do since high school,” Minshew said. “Eat here, sleep, shower, everything. It’s like my own little island here. I love it.”
Jalen Hurts watched jacked and skinny in every off-season training video he’s posted. He exudes confidence and has the full support of the Eagles organization. There is absolutely no controversy on the quarterback position going into training camp. Besides, never count Minshew out.
The former Jaguars starter has been grinding at the gym since the end of the 2021 season. He took three weeks off to travel cross-country, then made his way to Florida to train with Tumbarello, a professional coach who played semi-pro football. He kicked Minshew’s butt during the fourth summer the duo has worked together.
“Working with Gardner this offseason has been exciting,” Tumbarello said of Minshew. “He came to work ready, as always. Brought the attitude, brought the energy, brought the juice, and we sort of chose the plan together and we executed it really, really well this offseason.