Just 10 days ago, his mom said he wasn't ready to leave San Francisco, to come back to the East Coast, closer to his native Haddonfield.
How quickly time flies.
Now, less than two weeks after his San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl, Tom Gamble, a 1981 Haddonfield Memorial High School graduate, is coming home. He was hired Wednesday as vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gamble spent the past eight years with the 49ers. He was their director of pro player personnel and had been recently courted as a general manager candidate for the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.
He had previously worked for the Indianapolis Colts and the Jets, but his roots are with the Eagles. His dad, Harry Gamble, was the team president from 1985 until 1994 during the era of former owner Norman Braman. Braman gave Tom his start in pro football by hiring him and letting him work his way up in the organization.
Nearly two weeks ago, Joan Gamble, Tom's mom, said she thought her son was staying in San Francisco because he had two sons in high school there and his family was settled. Instead, Tom decided to come home, the Eagles announced on Wednesday.