Jon Dorenbos

Movie about former Eagle's life in the works

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Movie about former Eagle's life in the works

Pretty soon, you'll be able to see Jon Dorenbos' incredible story on the big screen. 

Producer and Philly native Mike Tollin, thanks to the Eagles' Super Bowl win, is fast-tracking a movie about Dorenbos' life, according to Deadline Hollywood. 

Tollin has been involved other sports films such as Summer Catch, Radio and Coach Carter.

This movie, which will be based on a book Dorenbos is writing with Larry Platt, will be based around Dorenbos' story back to when he used his magic as a coping mechanism to deal with childhood tragedy. 

For those who don't know his story, Dorenbos was just 12 years old when his father murdered his mother. Long before he became a professional long-snapper for the Eagles, Dorenbos used magic as an escape from reality. He continues to perform magic and was a hit on America's Got Talent.

Dorenbos, 37, played 11 seasons in Philadelphia before he was traded to the Saints last offseason. Upon his arrival in New Orleans, doctors found an aortic aneurysm. That ended his football career and sent him for open-heart surgery. 

Even though he wasn't a part of the roster, Dorenbos was included during the Eagles' playoff run. He was in Minnesota when the Birds won the Super Bowl, he paraded down Broad Street, and he's getting a Super Bowl ring. 

"Jon and I have been talking about this for a while, and I once told him we needed a third act, but I didn't mean nearly killing himself," Tollin told Deadline. "This is about overcoming obstacles and turning tragedies into positives and the story is so unlikely that I thought we'd need a coda to say the story was true. We have that, with Jon and the beautiful wife he just married, Annalise, in the parade with confetti falling on their heads."

Dorenbos told Deadline that going with Tollin, whom he has known for a while, was an easy decision and he sold him the book option for $1. 

There's no release date yet, but because of the recency of the Super Bowl win, the plan is to fast-track the movie. Tollin said the plan is to have the movie out by the time the Eagles are starting to defend their title in next year's playoffs. He said he's already talking to an A-list star about the project. 

"I have learned that the sooner you accept your reality, the sooner you can look at the positives in life," Dorenbos told Deadline. "My reality was that I lost both of my parents. My dad went to prison and my mom was killed. My sister and I stayed with a temporary foster family for a bit, until my aunt, my mom's sister, got custody of us. I loved magic. It was really the only time that I didn't think about all the crap, the counseling therapy, the grieving. I would sit at a table, shuffle cards and learn moves, for 10 hours at a time. As a kid, it taught me it was OK to be alone and work toward something. 

"I am a slow, pudgy white guy who never thought he would play football. I made two Pro Bowls and guess what? All I did was stay on the path and show up every day when others jumped off the path."

Eagles to award Super Bowl ring to Jon Dorenbos

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Eagles to award Super Bowl ring to Jon Dorenbos

Forced to retire from the NFL in September, former Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos was there with his teammates at Super Bowl LII. Even better, owner Jeffrey Lurie will reward Dorenbos for his 12 seasons of service the best way imaginable — with a ring.

The Eagles actually traded Dorenbos to the Saints at the conclusion of training camp, but his physical revealed an aortic aneurysm. The 37-year-old needed immediate heart surgery that would end his football career.

Despite playing the most obscure position, Dorenbos was always extremely popular with Eagles fans and among those in the organization. So when Lurie had an opportunity to bring him back for the biggest game in franchise history, it was a no-brainer.

But Lurie would do one better, promising Dorenbos a Super Bowl ring if — ultimately when — the Eagles won.

“Had I played, I'd die,” Dorenbos told the New Orleans Advocate. “If you can't play in it, this is the next best way to enjoy it. Mr. Lurie called me and said he wants me to be a part of it, said I was here a long time and he said, ‘We're going to win this, and you're going to get a ring.’”

Dorenbos’ story just goes to show the constant talk of the Eagles’ family-like atmosphere is genuine. Nobody was happy to see him traded. Obviously, everybody was concerned for Dorenbos’ condition when the news broke, Lurie included.

Amazingly, that trade may have saved Dorenbos’ life, and while he wasn’t officially a member of the Eagles’ first world championship team since 1960, he was there. And thanks to a tremendous gesture by Lurie, Dorenbos wound up with the greatest keepsake of all.

This Jon Dorenbos show is no illusion

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This Jon Dorenbos show is no illusion

Jon Dorenbos has quite the story.

He played 11 seasons with the Eagles.

He discovered his passion for magic through tragedy.

And, most recently, he underwent emergency heart surgery last September.

Dorenbos will share about all that and more through an interactive show at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on March 16.

The long snapper certainly knows how to put on a show after starring on NBC's America's Got Talent in 2016, so this shouldn't disappoint.

Plus, for Eagles fans, it'll be a nice chance to see one of their beloved former players up close and one last time.

You can read more about the event and ticket information right here.

h/t to Philly.com's Nick Vadala.