Ex-Patriot thanks Freddie Mitchell for Super Bowl win

Ex-Patriot thanks Freddie Mitchell for Super Bowl win

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Fourteen years later, the Patriots are still pissed at Freddie Mitchell.

Rodney Harrison, who Mitchell dissed before Super Bowl XXXIX, told NBC Sports Philadelphia Tuesday that without Mitchell, the Patriots wouldn’t have beaten the Eagles that day.

“Thank you, Freddie Mitchell,” said Harrison, who is part of the NBC Sports Super Bowl broadcast team. 

“Without you running your mouth, we wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl.”

Mitchell was quick to fire back on Twitter.

It was in a couple days before the Eagles and Patriots traveled to Jacksonville that Mitchell infuriated the Patriots by pretending he didn’t know the names of any of the Patriots' defensive backs and then saying, “I got something for you, Harrison.” 

Harrison was a three-time Pro Bowl strong safety and two-time All-Pro for the Chargers and Patriots in a 15-year career spanning 1994 through 2008.

Mitchell was the Eagles' first-round pick in 2001 but caught just 90 passes for 1,263 yards and five touchdowns in a four-year career.

Harrison lashed out at Mitchell during Super Bowl week in 2004, telling reporters: "You have so many young guys nowadays, so many young guys that don't have respect for the game. Some people are just immature. Some people really haven't experienced certain things."

The Harrison-Mitchell feud became a running storyline in Jacksonville during Super Bowl week. Mitchell claimed he was joking but the damage had been done.  

Head coach Andy Reid blasted Mitchell during a team meeting after he learned about the wide receiver’s remarks. 

A few days later, Mitchell blasted the team’s public relations director because he wasn’t given his own podium at Super Bowl media day, a designation that goes to the team’s best players. Instead, Mitchell was assigned a spot in the bleachers.

The Patriots beat the Eagles, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX at ALLTEL Stadium. The two teams meet again Sunday in Minnesota in Super Bowl LII.

Harrison had two interceptions and a sack in the game and is one of only four players in Super Bowl history with a sack and interception in the same game.

Mitchell caught one pass for 11 yards. 

A few days after the game, Mitchell went on ESPN radio and said the only reason his numbers were down was because Terrell Owens returned after missing the first two playoff games with a broken ankle.

"I couldn't shut a lot of people up that I wanted to shut up,” Mitchell said.

He never played another game.

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Everyone knows the plan is for Nick Foles to eventually head back to the bench in favor of Carson Wentz.

Apparently, Eagles fans just didn’t care.

Because when the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list for the first quarter of 2018 was released on Thursday, Foles was right at the top for all officially licensed merchandise from March 1-May 31.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Nick Foles
2. Tom Brady 
3. Carson Wentz
4. Saquon Barkley
5. Dak Prescott
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Ezekiel Elliott
8. Jimmy Garoppolo
9. Odell Beckham Jr. 
10. Derek Carr

That means the NFC East took six of the top 10 spots, which is pretty wild.

But it’s even crazier to think that Foles went from starting last season as a backup to having more products with his likeness sold this offseason than any other player in the league, including the guy whose job he took and who is expected to take it back. He also beat that guy who didn’t catch a pass in the Super Bowl.

We definitely saw a Super Bowl spike in this list, starting with Foles, who led all players in photography products sold. I guess everyone wanted an image of him catching the football on the "Philly Special" or perhaps something with the now famous photo of Foles with his infant daughter. On the previous list from last year (from March 1, 2017-Feb. 28), Foles was at No. 22, so we should have seen this coming. Wentz held steady at No. 3, despite the injury and missing the Super Bowl.

Here’s every Eagle on the new list with their ranking on the last in parenthesis:

1. Nick Foles (22)
3. Carson Wentz (3) 
13. Zach Ertz (17)
33. Alshon Jeffery (43)
34. Brandon Graham (N/A)
46. Fletcher Cox (N/A)

The only Eagles player to drop out of the top 50 is Jay Ajayi (45), who is entering the final year of his current contract.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Foles can stay at or near the top of the list, especially if he starts the season on the bench. But based on the way most Eagles fans have celebrated the win in Super Bowl LII, Foles merchandise isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon.

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