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Jon Dorenbos talks about a Saint saving his life on Ellen

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Jon Dorenbos talks about a Saint saving his life on Ellen

Jon Dorenbos visited his good friend Ellen DeGeneres on her midday show on Monday to talk about the wild ride he's been on since being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New Orleans Saints this summer.

The trade helped doctors find a serious issue with his heart that required surgery and ended his career in the NFL.

We saw Dorenbos get a pretty nice ovation at an Eagles game a couple of weeks back but this is among the first times we've actually seen him talk about the serious nature of his open-heart surgery.

"The first thing I thought of is, 'Wait, that's Ellen's favorite team,'" Dorenbos said of being traded to New Orleans.

But after playing in the Saints' first preseason game, the team doctor sent him to get a test on his heart which showed he needed emergency heart surgery and that his football career was over.

"As my heart was pumping blood out, a lot of blood was leaking back in. It was working really hard," he said. "The aorta was expanding like a water balloon. It should be [about the size of a quarter] and mine was the size of like a coke can. They basically told me, 'Had you been hit in the chest on Monday Night Football, the odds were far greater that you'd die than live.'"

Jon and his wife talked to doctors all across the country and had the procedure done in Philadelphia. It went well and he's doing great today and in fantastic spirits.

Dorenbos also talked about his new dog, who he just so happened to name Saint.

"My wife is my angel and that little guy right there is my Saint," Dorenbos said of his doggo.

Ellen gifted Jon with a pretty sweet dog house of cards. Because magic tricks.

You can watch much of the segment below.

Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

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Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

It's not everyday you see an Eagles player take the ball and run for 71 yards. So Philadelphia fans understandably went bonkers when Jay Ajayi did just that in the Birds' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

It's also not that frequent that you see a dude get chased down from behind on such a play.

Sadly, the latter happened to Ajayi and his teammates let him hear it on the sidelines after. The fantastic Inside the NFL gave us an up-close look at the roasting.

You almost feel bad for Ajayi, like Kenjon Barner is laying it on a little too thick.

"You slow as $#@!," one player tells him.

"They're gonna lower my speed on Madden," Ajayi says.

Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

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Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

After spending the year out of football, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly is returning to the sideline — and might be aligning with ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the process.

According to reports, Kelly is expected to accept a head coaching job at one of two college football programs. The decision is down to Florida and UCLA, and he is rumored to have already turned away other high-profile programs such as Nebraska and Tennessee.

UCLA may be Kelly's most likely landing spot at this point, with alumnus Aikman putting on a "full-court press," says ESPN's Mark Schlabach, and Florida supposedly wanting an answer ASAP.

Wherever Kelly winds up going, that should end his unsuccessful foray into the NFL once and for all. Consider this an obituary of sorts.

The move will cement Kelly as a "college coach," if his pro tenure hadn't accomplished that already. After guiding the Eagles to the playoffs and being named Coach of the Year in his first season, he missed the postseason the next two years and was fired. Kelly got the hook again after one miserable season with the 49ers, bottoming out with a 2-14 record.

There are no shortage of excuses for why Kelly flamed out in the NFL. Lack of talent — specifically under center — was certainly a factor, though his failed stint as the chief talent evaluator in his final season with the Eagles certainly contributed to that.

The simple truth is not everything that works in college translates at the next level, and Kelly never adjusted.

Kelly only turns 54 this week, so a return to the professional ranks years down the road isn't completely out of the question. After his last two trainwreck seasons in the league, it's difficult to imagine what an organization would still see.

Employing schemes that aren't suited to the team's personnel, calling the same 10 to 15 plays every game, eliminating the quarterback's ability to call an audible or even something as small as never using a snap count may work at university. Those concepts are fundamentally opposed to what has been successful in the NFL.

Honestly, it's kind of too bad. The Eagles could use that easy W on the schedule periodically.

Perhaps the Eagles should just be grateful to have survived Kelly's radical changes without overhauling the entire roster again, and somehow coming out better off for everything. After releasing DeSean Jackson, trading away LeSean McCoy, trading for Sam Bradford, and spending huge sums of money on the likes of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell -- to name a few, and all in the span of a year -- the franchise easily could've wound up in the tank.

There's no denying Kelly looked like a genius while at Oregon, racking up 46-7 record and three top-five finishes in four seasons as head coach. Yet like so many college coaches before him, and many bound to come after, he was never destined for sustained success in the NFL.