Eagles coach Nick Sirianni grew up in upstate New York, but the internet thinks he looks a lot like a kid who grew up in New York City. A fictional kid, that is.
Social media has pointed out that Sirianni looks strikingly similar to an adult version of the child in the 2003 Christmas classic “Elf.”
It’s hard to argue with that assessment. Sirianni not only has a similar face, but he has the facial expressions down as well.
The kid from Elf grew up to be Eagles coach Nick Sirianni. Feel old yet? pic.twitter.com/K0I2EhdfN2
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 22, 2023
There’s one similarity that really nails the comparison: the beanie. Between his coat and winter hat, Sirianni was bundled up so well during the Eagles’ win over the Giants that he looked like he might head up to Central Park to see Santa Claus just as the boy does in “Elf.”
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The meme went viral after the Eagles’ divisional round win, but some keen observers caught the similarities as early as Sirianni’s first season in Philadelphia.
Why does Nick Sirianni in a beanie look like this dude from Elf? pic.twitter.com/hZbvATGm7g
— Matt Schargel (@mattschargel) December 22, 2021
Of course, Sirianni didn’t actually play Michael Hobbs, half-brother of Will Ferrell’s character, Buddy the Elf, in the movie. That would be actor Daniel Tay, who is 10 years younger than the Eagles’ second-year coach.
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If anyone is looking to make an “Elf” sequel, though, it might be worth asking Sirianni if he’s available.