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Philly athletes you should follow on Instagram

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Philly athletes you should follow on Instagram

You're already following Joel EmbiidCarson Wentz, and Claude Giroux. You've probably threw Rhys Hoskins a follow last fall too.

As we dive into 2018 with Instagram only growing more popular, we wanted to highlight a few Philly athletes fans will want to follow.

Behind the mask
There are a handful of Eagles worth following. You're probably already following Torrey Smith and the other big accounts. But how about Trey Burton (@treyburton8)?

Burton is a great story on the field — an undrafted free agent who's carved out a nice role as the third-string tight end. And his Instagram shows he's a down-to-earth dude off it.

On the rise
With the Phils trading Freddy Galvis to San Diego this winter, J.P. Crawford (@jp_crawford) enters 2018 as the team's starting shortstop. Here he is trusting the process with Hoskins.

For the city!! Love the new @sixers jerseys that just released today! #brotherlylove

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Under the radar
Phantoms center Mike Vecchione (@mvecc8) isn't on the Flyers just yet, but the former Hobey Baker finalist is a worthy follow.

Sliding into the holiday season like...

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Old friend
We love Chase Utley here, and while Utley doesn't post that often, he makes it count when he does. Last weekend, he chronicled his trip to Disney Land with his son.

Animal accounts
Who doesn't love dogs? Two of the city's star players have Instagram accounts dedicated to their four-legged friends.

There's Wentz's pup Henley (@qb11_henley), and Harvey and Charlie Giroux (@harvandcharlie).

And, of course, don't forget to give us a follow — @nbcsphilly.

Meek Mill getting out of prison ... heading to Sixers game?

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Meek Mill getting out of prison ... heading to Sixers game?

Hold up, wait a minute! 

Meek Mill is getting out of prison. And it’s happening just in time for him to get to the Wells Fargo Center before tonight’s Game 5. 

Might he be the bell ringer of choice? If he is, the building is going to go crazy. 

What did Meek Mill do upon getting his freedom back? He posted about the Sixers of course. 

Let’s go @sixers

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Mill is officially being released after spending the last several months in prison. In November, he was sentenced for two to four years for violating the terms of his probation. 

Comedian and Philly guy Kevin Hart, along with Sixers minority owner Michael Rubin, confirmed Mill is getting out.

On the way to the sixers game let’s go!!!! #meekfree

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During the Eagles’ improbable Super Bowl run, Mill’s song “Dreams and Nightmares” became the unofficial anthem of the team. The Eagles even used it as their entrance music in the postseason and it became a staple of postgame locker room celebrations. 

The Sixers are up in their series against the Heat, 3-1, and can finish the series tonight (8 p.m./NBCSP).

Watch Joel Embiid battle Steve Nash in soccer ping pong for $1,000

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Watch Joel Embiid battle Steve Nash in soccer ping pong for $1,000

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown once famously called a young Joel Embiid's skills comparable to "Shaquille [O'Neal] with soccer feet."

Embiid put those soccer skills on display in a video for Bleacher Report in which he takes on one of the NBA's most famous soccer players, Steve Nash. You can read more about the latter's interest in futbol here.

The pair compete in an interesting game that looks like a riff on ping-pong but with a soccer ball they juggle. The rules seem pretty lax, as Nash asks Joel at one point why he's serving on points the former Sun won.

The highlight is clearly an Embiid header that is basically a spike.

In the end, it looks like Nash got the better of the Sixers' big man. All fun and games and pocket change for these two.

Previously: Joel Embiid shows off sick footwork, ball skills (in soccer)