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Zach Ertz's non-stop message to Darren Sproles

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Zach Ertz's non-stop message to Darren Sproles

Zach Ertz begs Darren Sproles every chance he gets.

Pleeeeeeease don’t retire!

Sproles, 35, has said 2018 would be his final season in the NFL, but he’s backed off that a little bit this season, saying only that he’ll decide when the season is over.

Sproles missed most of last season with a broken arm and torn ACL and missed the bulk of this season with a hamstring injury.

Since he returned for the first Redskins game, the Eagles are 4-1 and Sproles has 248 yards and three touchdowns on just 40 touches.

On Sunday in Chicago, Sproles will play his first playoff game in an Eagles uniform.

Oh yeah, I’m in his ear,” Ertz said. “We sit next to each other in special teams meetings, front row, and I’m just always in his ear, saying, ‘Man, you got another four (years) in you. I think him and Frank Gore are in the same class and the Dolphins film was on and I was like, ‘Man, he’s definitely coming back, he already said it. You can’t let him beat you.’

Ertz said he’s noticed that teams aren’t able to cover him the same way when Sproles is also in the game.

“If Sproles and I are in the game together, most of the time they’re going to have to determine who their best inside cover guy is going to guard, and most of the time, it’s an advantage for the other guy,” Ertz said. “That’s why I love playing with him and I don’t want him to retire any time soon.”

Sproles is finishing his 14th NFL season. He has 19,520 all-purpose yards, which is sixth-most in NFL history:

23,546 … Jerry Rice
23,330 … Brian Mitchell
21,803 … Walter Payton
21,564 … Emmitt Smith
19,682 … Tim Brown
19,520 … Darren Sproles

So he only needs 480 yards for 20,000 and only 163 to pass Brown and move into the all-time top-5.

There’s something special about Sproles. To see a guy that size — 5-foot-6, 190 pounds — playing at this level, at this age is astounding.

The joy he plays with is I think it always resonates with the guys,” Ertz said. “Everyone kind of saw the struggle he was enduring trying to overcome the hamstring injury. He was extremely close to playing a couple times, then he’d have a minor setback and he would be crushed. So when he finally came back, everyone was so excited for him. We knew how hard he worked, we knew how great a teammate he is. He’s always making an impact. I think he’s one of the best we’ve had in pass protection in my time here. He’s making an impact whether he’s getting touches or not. He’s special.

Sproles’ 4.9 career rushing average is 15th-highest in NFL history among non-QBs with at least 500 career attempts.

His 547 catches are 10th-most ever among running backs.

And Ertz isn’t ready to see him hang up the ol’ cleats.

“Darren is a guy I feel like you need him each and every week,” he said.

He paused, smiled, then added: “For years to come.”

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Jon Runyan's former estate, with hefty price tag and insane bar, is for sale

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Jon Runyan's former estate, with hefty price tag and insane bar, is for sale

If you’re in the market for a home with the most insane bar you’ve ever seen and have a cool $5 million budget, former Eagle Jon Runyan’s house could be the perfect fit.

Located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Runyan’s old digs are for sale and, according to listings on Zillow, are nearly eight-times more expensive than any of the other 70 homes on the market in Mount Laurel. 

Despite being a massive 14,000 square-foot property, this house only has five bedrooms, but you’ll see where all that square-footage is being taken up. The area set aside for entertaining is just ridiculous.

Runyan, an Eagle from 2000 to 2008 and a congressman thereafter, was not the most recent tenant. He sold the house in 2015, but the home is back on the market for an elevated price of $5.6 million (see listing). The beautiful white interior and custom designs are ever-present throughout the home, which sits at the back of a long driveway and grand gated entrance. The house boasts a master kitchen, ample closet space and an awesome master bath with custom tub.

The backyard, though, is the most incredible part. Forget the pool with a diving board, artsy palm trees and pavilion, the bar is something out of an expensive wedding. It’s ridiculous.

Wooden beams stretch throughout this rustic barn-themed entertainment area, which boasts a giant circular bar with a fireplace and two bathrooms. It looks like the bar area could host a 100-person wedding instead of being in the backyard of someone’s single family home.

It also looks like there are seven garages, so, there’s one for you to drive a new car for every day of the week.

Here’s a look at some photos of the inside and outside of this insane estate.

If you’re wondering, Runyan moved into a $1.3 million Moorestown home in 2015, but sold the home in March for $1.2 million.

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Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Philadelphia fans have been running the Philly Special at weddings and in their living rooms for the better part of the past year and a half.

Now, they can officially run it in the Madden video game when it's released this summer.

We learned of this news today on the "The Eagle Eye in the Sky Podcast" in which EA Sports' Anthony White shared the exciting news.

"It's under the pistol formation," White said. "One play is the 'Philly Special' and the other play is called 'Fake Philly Special.'"

He added it'll remain "Philly" regardless of what team you're playing with.

"A couple of other teams ran it last year," he said. "I know the Dolphins ran it. I think the Falcons ran it. Do we call it the 'Dolphins Special' or the 'Cleveland Special?' We're actually just going to call it 'Philly.'"

Sadly, Nick Foles is no longer on the Eagles' roster so when you run the play with the Birds you may have to pray that Carson Wentz's hands are just as good.

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