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Ever wonder series: How exactly did Jason Kelce end up in his famous Mummers suit?

Ever wonder series: How exactly did Jason Kelce end up in his famous Mummers suit?

It’s easy to remember the most epic speech in Philadelphia history — no, not Abraham Lincoln’s Address that took place in Independence Hall back in 1861 — but when Jason Kelce took the entire city by storm on the art museum steps in 2018.

That’s right, no speech will ever top Kelce’s that was held at the finish line of the long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street. 

Aside from the actual dialogue, there was one other aspect that perfectly captured the essence of the city — his attire. If you’re a true Philadelphian, you’d know the outfit well — but if you were simply a fan from another part of the country tuning in, some eyebrows were probably raised to some extent. 

Kelce wore a classic suit that typically only sees the city streets on New Years Day in the Mummers Parade — a Philadelphia tradition that originated over a century ago in 1901.

But have you ever wondered how the Eagles’ center even got a hold of the suit that has now become an even bigger staple to the city’s history?

Well, let’s dive into it.

Bobby Coyle, a musician and business manager for the Avalon String Band, came to aid Kelce in his search. This was all thanks to Coyle’s wife. Libby, who cuts hair for the Eagles at the Novacare complex, where the team often practices. 

Now, it’s hard to forget the famous look, decked out in all different shades of green as Kelce bicycled through the sea of fans to get to the parade’s end point — but it turns out, the color just happened to be a coincidence. 

“I didn’t get this suit because it was Irish or it was green,” Coyle said. “It was the only suit big enough to fit him.” 

The suit had been in storage from the String Band’s “Ire-land of Leprechauns” performance that dates back to over ten years ago, but it was still in pristine condition. 

According to Coyle, it was love at first site with Kelce and the costume. For someone who wasn’t born in Philadelphia, no one could have manifested the energy of the city and its people better. 

To this day, Kelce, his speech and this costume remain one of the most talked about moments in Philadelphia sports history — and it’s going to remain that way for a long time. It should also go down as one of the best Super Bowl speeches across the NFL, due to the endless amount of passion that was poured into it. 

The suit still remains with Kelce and has only been worn one other time since February 8, 2018. 

If you want to know even more about the famous suit, you can watch the full video above

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Chad Johnson geeked up about these DeSean Jackson clips from training camp

Chad Johnson geeked up about these DeSean Jackson clips from training camp

DeSean Jackson is 33 years old now and he’s coming off a sports hernia surgery that basically wrecked his 2019 season. 

But he still has it. 

On Friday afternoon, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson shared some 1-on-1 practice video that Jackson sent his way from the Eagles’ ongoing training camp practices. Johnson was pretty excited to get these clips and posted a couple on his Twitter account. 

That one is Jackson going against Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay, in his first training camp with the Eagles. This will be a fun battle all camp long. Last year in training camp, DeSean dominated but he didn’t have a top tier cornerback to go against. 

It was fun to watch Jackson do this to the DBs in camp last year, but now he’s going against a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the best corners in the game. And Slay still stood no chance. 

That little hesitation step from Jackson and the explosion out of it is pretty wild. In a regular foot race no one is going to beat Jackson; if he gets the DB flat-footed, forget about it. And Jackson is going to beat corners as long as he’s healthy. That’s why so many defensive coordinators slide any help they can that way. 

And then there’s this hitch route that Johnson posted with some NSFW language.

On that one, you can see that Slay has to respect the deep ball and Jackson has that change of direction ability. One of the misconceptions about Jackson is that he’s just a go route deep threat; but that’s not the case. He can run short and intermediate routes well and it’s all set up from his ability to burn corners deep. 

The Eagles won’t be in pads until Monday, which is also when reporters are allowed to watch practice. I can’t wait to see this battle in person and report back. 

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Jon Gruden's curious comparison of Nelson Agholor and Randall Cunningham

Jon Gruden's curious comparison of Nelson Agholor and Randall Cunningham

Twenty-five years ago, Randall Cunningham retired after a dismal final season with the Eagles. 

Two years later he came out of retirement, signed with the Vikings and a year later had one of the greatest quarterback seasons ever, earned MVP honors and would have taken the Vikings to the Super Bowl if not for some terrible coaching by Dennis Green.

Cunningham’s offensive coordinator his last year in Philly? Jon Gruden.

Gruden today is head coach of the Raiders, and one of his pet projects is Nelson Agholor.

“A change of scenery worked for Randall Cunningham, maybe it will work for him,” Gruden told the Athletic.

Interestingly, Cunningham, who settled in Las Vegas after playing college football at UNLV, is now the Raiders’ team chaplain.

As for Agholor, he’s trying to rebuild a career that despite some great moments in 2017 and a brilliant Super Bowl never lived up to expectations.

"I trust him and I think he was picked high in the draft for a reason,” Gruden said of Agholor. "He’s a good player. You can pick up the Philadelphia Inquirer and they will probably say something different, but this guy has caught over 200 passes, he’s a young guy, he has played split end, flanker and in the slot. He caught eight or nine passes in a Super Bowl (9-for-84) and won a Super Bowl. So he's a world champion. He's a great person.”

Agholor caught 224 passes for 2,515 yards and 18 touchdowns in five seasons with the Eagles, who made him the 20th pick in Chip Kelly’s 2015 draft.

He never caught more than 768 yards in a season and he surpassed 64 yards in only nine of his 76 games here.

Agholor said he and Gruden actually have a family connection that goes back to when he was in high school at Berkeley Prep in Tampa and Gruden had just finished coaching the Buccaneers.

“He actually used to hang around after his days coaching in Tampa, he still lived in Tampa, and he would always go to a racetrack near his home, and my brother worked at that racetrack so him and my brother spent a lot of time talking every morning when Jon was getting his coffee about football and about my college career and things like that,” Agholor said in a Zoom call with Raiders writers. 

“So it’s a blessing to be in this opportunity having a previous relationship. But at the end of the day I chose this relationship because he knows the game and all I want to do is learn and be a better player.”

The Eagles, who paid Agholor nearly $19 million over the last five years, made no attempt to re-sign the 27-year-old after last season ended.

He signed a one-year minimum salary benefit deal with the Raiders worth barely above minimum wage - $1.0475 million.

In Vegas, he’ll likely compete for slot reps with Hunter Renfrow, who had 49-for-605 with 4 TDs as a rookie 5th-round pick last year.

“Honestly, this is a beautiful opportunity for me to get a chance to play with a guy like Jon Gruden, who has a background in coaching receivers,” Agholor said. “I chose this opportunity to make myself a better player. There’s no better opportunity to play for a head coach that knows receiver play and can articulate ways you can get better.

“My No. 1 goal is to progress as a player.  Lot of things that happened in the past, some really good things and some things I wanted to grow from. I told myself this opportunity is to be 2 percent better than the player I was in my previous five years.”
 

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