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Jason Avant raises his hands to the sky after every reception in celebration for much more than catching a ball.
Playing football for the Philadelphia Eagles doesn't define Avant. After everything he's endured, the 29-year-old wide receiver is not your ordinary professional athlete.
Avant was 12 when he started selling drugs. He went to elementary school drunk and high. As a teenager, he belonged to one of Chicago's notorious gangs called the ''Gangsters Disciples.'' Dodging bullets and running from the police were common for him.
Yet somehow Avant escaped that life and avoided ending up dead or in jail like some of his friends. Now he's one of the most respected players in the NFL.
''When I lift my hands up, it's me saying `Lord, I know where I could be and I thank you for where I am,''' Avant recalled last week. ''There were times when I was growing up when I didn't have enough to scrounge up a quarter to get ...
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An injury to Nick Foles means that Michael Vick will get to play one more game as the Eagles' starting quarterback.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin “could be a potential trade chip in off-season.“
McLane adds that DeSean Jackson‘s $47 million contract extension makes it unlikely that any team would be willing to trade for him and the fact Maclin is a similar type of receiver could at least be enough for them to shop him around the league...
Here is something nobody expected to hear: Michael Vick will be starting for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday when they take on the New York Giants.Vick didn't get the job back due to poor play by Foles, rather an injury that the rookie suffered on the second to last play. (That may explain the intentional grounding by Foles on the final play.)No one expected to see Vick in...
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Now a member of the Jaguars, defensive end Jason Babin ripped his former team, referring to the Eagles organization as "kind of a big socialistic system."
The Eagles’ Week 17 matchup against the Giants may be Michael Vick‘s last game in an Eagles uniform, and he’ll likely be starting.
Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, Nick Foles, suffered a broken hand during the first half of the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Redskins on Sunday. Andy Reid announced Foles would not play in Week 17.
“Nick will obviously not play,” Reid...
NewsTags: Antonio DixonCullen JenkinsDerek LandriNick FolesPhiladelphia EaglesThe Eagles made a roster move today, placing rookie quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve with a broken hand and signing free agent defensive tackle Antonio Dixon.
In an interesting move, the team signed Dixon to a two-year deal, keeping him under the team’s control...
The Philadelphia Eagles have placed quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve and signed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon to a two-year contract.
Foles broke his hand in last Sunday's loss to Washington. Michael Vick will start the final game of the season against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Dixon played in two games for Indianapolis Colts this season. He spent three seasons...
There is nothing likable about the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, except maybe Andy Reid. I mean, the guy is a walking talking walrus who seems to be a pretty decent dude. But he is about to make an exit stage left, and that means there really isn’t a darn thing to like about that organization. They [...]
Eagles head coach Andy Reid told reporters that rookie QB Nick Foles suffered a broken hand during Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins, per Jeff McLane.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Eagles will most likely give Michael Vick another start in Week 17 when they take on the New York Giants.
“He obviously deserves (an) opportunity to play,” said Reid on Monday...
NewsOn Christmas Eve, news broke that Eagles quarterback Nick Foles would miss the final game of the season with a broken hand and that former starter Michael Vick would likely get the call on Sunday against the New York Giants.
It will, in all likelihood, be Vick’s final appearance as a Philadelphia Eagle. With a heavy [...](Read more...)
Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles had his second career 300-yard passing game Sunday versus Washington, but it will be his last of the season as he suffered a broken hand.Fantasy Spin:Foles had thrown for over 300 yards in two of the last three games, but wasn't in the class of the other more well-known rookie starting QBs - Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson...
I don't get it, but I guess Andy Reid has a logical reason to want Mike Vick as his QB#1 in a "meaningless" final game of the 2012 season on the road against the Giants.
New York (8-7) is still alive in the playoff mathematics, but only by the slimmest of algebraic margins.
Meanwhile, this is the ultimate U-Haul game for the Birds.
Eagles v. Redskins, Sunday, December 23, 2012
I was in two minds about this game. On the one hand, it’s clear this was Andy Reid’s last home game, and I was hoping the team could send him on his way with a win. On the other hand, top 5 pick! And on the third hand, if I may borrow one of yours, of the remaining choices to win the division, I’d most like to see it go to...