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Eagles invited to White House in June

Eagles invited to White House in June

Updated: 5:44 p.m.

We now know when at least some of the Eagles might be visiting the White House. 

The Super Bowl champion Eagles have been invited to visit the White House on June 5, the team confirmed. 

“We are in the process of working through the logistics of a trip to Washington D.C., including a visit to the White House, on June 5th," a team spokeman said in a statement to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

WPVI first reported the date of the invite on Thursday morning. 

Last year, the Patriots visited the White House on April 19, 2017, so this trip will come considerably later. The real question becomes: How many Eagles will attend? 

Several key players like Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith and Brandon Graham have already said they won’t. On Thursday afternoon, Jenkins said his stance hadn't changed. 

"We, as a team, are still kind of discussing what that looks like," Jenkins said to NBC Sports Philadelpia on Philly Sports Talk. "But visiting the White House is not something that I’m interested in doing at this time."

But based on the Eagles' statement, it seems like they might be planning more than just the customary photo op at the White House. Jenkins told NBC10 that he will be in Washington with his teammates but won't go to the White House. So it seems the Eagles might be planning something else as well. 

There are plenty of folks who think players should just go to the White House for the experience. Jenkins obviously doesn't think so. 

"At this point in time, there’s so much that’s been kind of swirling around that administration, I don’t see it as beneficial at this moment in time to visiting in a celebratory fashion," Jenkins said. "But I know for a fact that there are other guys who have dreamt of the opportunity to go to the White House and I think they should have that opportunity. I think as a team, we’re still discussing what exactly that looks like and we’ll see."  

Before Donald Trump became president, the White House visit was basically a nice photo opportunity that saw pretty good attendance. But for many Eagles, Trump represents a clashing of politics and ideology.  

Another slight hurdle is the June 5 date. The Eagles are in their last round of voluntary OTAs during that time. The final round of OTAs runs from June 4-7, leading into the mandatory minicamp in mid-June. It’s possible the Eagles could have practice in the morning and get to Washington in the afternoon, or vice versa. 

Back on April 23, the Eagles released the following statement, saying they were working on the logistics of a visit: 

“We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington. We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."

Now we know when (at least some of those Eagles) might go. 

Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

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Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

Jeff Lurie has turned into Willy Wonka for a good cause. 

The Eagles on Wednesday announced that they’re going to raffle off a Super Bowl ring and all the proceeds will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge, Inc. 

This is pretty cool. 

Click here to donate and enter.  

The coolest part is that the ring the Eagles will give away on Dec. 3 before Monday Night Football against Washington at the Linc, is the real deal ring. The one the players got, with all 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires. And it'll be personalized. 

The contest is underway and runs through Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Fans can enter the contest by making a donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge, starting at $10 for 100 entries. The fan who wins will also get 50-yard line seats to that Dec. 3 game. 

There are also other incentives for fans who submit 2,500 entries or more. 

The Eagles have already done incredible work through their autism challenge, raising over $2.5 million at the inaugural event in May. This is a pretty cool way to raise even more money for a good cause.

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

Generally speaking, running backs either begin to decline or hit a wall around the time they turn 30. 

That hasn’t happened to Darren Sproles. 

In fact, today is Sproles’ birthday. He turns 35 and after rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL and a broken forearm, he still hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. That, in itself, is pretty incredible. 

Since it’s Sproles’ birthday, it seems like a good time to look into the elite company he can join this year as a productive 35-plus-year-old in the NFL. 

Sproles will enter the 2018 season with 19,155 all-purpose yards. He’s already eighth in NFL history and has a chance to surpass quite a few names on this list with a productive season. There are just seven players in front of him and five of them are already Hall of Famers: 

Jerry Rice: 23,546
Brian Mitchell: 23,330
Walter Payton: 21,803
Emmit Smith: 21,564
Tim Brown: 19,682
Marshall Faulk: 19,190
Steve Smith Jr.: 19,180

It’s impossible to know just how productive Sproles will be in 2018, especially as he’s coming off a significant knee injury. Last year, he had only two healthy games and he had just 88 all-purpose yards in them, putting him on pace for 704. That would have been significantly lower than his three previous seasons with the Eagles. 

In those three previous seasons, we saw a very slight decline from 1,237 in 2014 to 1,171 in 2015 to 1,108 in 2016. 

But if Sproles can return to form and is able to eclipse 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2018, he’d become just the eighth running back in NFL history to do it at age 35 or older. A search of Pro Football Reference shows the top mark ever for a running back over 35 (must be 35 or older on Dec. 31 of that year) was Herschel Walker’s season in 1997 (1,336). 

If Sproles eclipses that 1,000-yard mark, he’d also become just the second Eagles player (any position) to do it at 35 or older. The only other Eagle to do it was Irving Fryar, who had 1,316 back in 1997 too. 

He’d also move past Smith, Faulk and Brown into fifth all-time in all-purpose yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to surpass the 20,000-yard mark. 

Even in 2016, when he had a down year as a punt returner, Sproles still had 224 punt return yards. If he surpasses the 200-yard mark this season, he’d be just the third player in NFL history to do it at 35 or older. The other three are Michael Lewis (336 in 2007), Leo Lewis (225 in 1991) and Mel Gray (205 in 1996). 

And this year, with the new kickoff rules, there’s a chance the Eagles might use him as a kick returner too. More chances to pile up yards. 

The man himself doesn’t care too much about individual achievements; he’d rather win another Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy tracking his progress. 

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