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Malcolm Jenkins to deliver commencement speech for Philly schools

Malcolm Jenkins to deliver commencement speech for Philly schools

Malcolm Jenkins is no longer a Philadelphia Eagle but he’s keeping his roots in Philly. 

Jenkins on June 9 will deliver the commencement address during a virtual graduation ceremony for The School District of Philadelphia. 

The entire graduation ceremony will be streamed on the school district’s website and on the district’s television station PSTV, beginning at 11 a.m. 

“We are so proud of all of our graduates,” Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in a statement. “They have displayed incredible resilience the past few months as so many circumstances outside of their control dictated how they would end their senior year of high school. 

“These students deserve to be celebrated in a special way, so I’m especially grateful to Malcolm Jenkins for agreeing to serve as our commencement speaker. We’re looking forward to honoring this outstanding group of students as they embark on this next chapter after high school.”

Jenkins, 32, left the Eagles this offseason after the team allowed him to become a free agent. He signed a four-year deal to rejoin the New Orleans Saints, ending his six-year stint with the Eagles. During those six seasons, he made three Pro Bowls and became the unquestioned leader of a Super Bowl winner. 

As much as Jenkins did on the field, it shouldn’t overshadow what he did in the community during his time in Philadelphia. In fact, his devotion to the community is why the district said they think he’s the ideal commencement speaker. 

In addition to his active role in criminal justice reform and in matters of social injustice, Jenkins has made a difference through his foundation as well. 

Jenkins began The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010 in New Orleans but when he moved to Philadelphia, he expanded it. Today, the foundation serves youth in four states: New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Jenkins is from New Jersey and he has played either collegiately or professionally in the other three. 

Back in March, when we learned the Eagles were moving on, Jenkins released a short but heartfelt message to Eagles fans telling them that Philly is still his home. 

He was serious about that. Just last week, Jenkins was working out with Rodney McLeod and Will Parks in the city and now he’s delivering the commencement speech for Philadelphia graduates. 

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Eagles fans should start coming to grips with watching games from their couch in 2020.

After the city of Philadelphia cancelled "large public events" through February 2021 on Tuesday, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health officials provided an update on the feasability of fans watching Eagles games in person.

Philadelphia Department of Health commissioner Thomas Farley and Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy made it sound all but certain that Lincoln Financial Field stands will be empty.

Per the Inquirer:

"I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they're proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there," Farley said. "I can't say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds."

"The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds," Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

Abernathy said NFL guidelines also "remind teams that local authorities have the ability to ban fans, so I don't expect any issues."

"We have been in communication with the Eagles. We have told them our expectations are that they don't have fans," Albernathy said.

Whether other teams around the country will be able to host fans, based on differing guidance from state officials, remains to be seen. Earlier this month, reports emerged claiming the NFL is considering fan waivers for those interested in attending home games this season.

A season without home fans also means the Eagles stand to lose a sizable sum of money if the NFL plays its 17-week regular season as scheduled.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro noted, the Eagles will be one of the 10 teams most affected (financially) by a lack of fans at home games:

The Eagles in 2018 were tied for eighth in the NFL with $204 million in stadium revenue. Just the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Texans, Jets 49ers and Redskins made more.

In late June, the organization informed season ticket holders that their ticket installment payments would not be billed, fueling speculation that games would be played in empty stadiums this fall. 

Barring a drastic change in the pandemic's trajectory between now and early September, it seems that speculation was right.

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