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Philadelphia Eagles Jake Elliott discovered kicking talent at homecoming pep rally contest

Philadelphia Eagles Jake Elliott discovered kicking talent at homecoming pep rally contest
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The man whose right leg the Eagles have levied their full trust in heading into Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots didn’t start kicking until he was a junior in high school. But it was the way in which he was discovered that’s truly amazing.

” Elliott told Pro Football Weekly. “A field-goal kicking contest.”,“My freshman year it was the homecoming pep rally before the football game and I got called up to do a homecoming contest

Elliott was skinny (he wouldn’t hit the 160-pound mark until his senior year) and considered himself more of a tennis player than anything else. He stopped playing soccer a few years prior. Elliott had never attempted a field goal in his life.

 ‘Hey,“But I ended up hitting a few through and the coach said,’” he said on Wednesday. “I just brushed it off and went with all the other sports I was playing.”, you should really think about playing

 and the high school was Lyons Township in La Grange,The coach was Kurt Weinberg, Weinberg had some issues at kicker a few weeks before the season and wasn’t sure how he was going to fix them in time. No one currently on the team was impressing in tryouts. Then someone reminded Weinberg of the contest at homecoming a few years before., Ill. By Elliott’s junior season

“Coach came over and grabbed me … someone had told him,’” Elliott said. “I went with him, ‘Hey, and everything just rolled from there.”, kicked a few [field goals] and he said, that kid from the homecoming contest is right over there if you need him, ‘Come back tomorrow if you want to play.’ I ended up doing it

 Elliott admits that his junior-year form was suboptimal.,Knowing what he knows now about kicking mechanics

” he said,“If you go back and watch my junior year tape, it looked really bad,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/]Authentic LeGarrette Blount Jersey[/url], laughing. “I did really well, but it went through.”, though. I was an underclassman all-American. It didn’t look pretty

Elliott got even better and hoped to parlay his performance into a college scholarship,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/derek-barnett-jersey-cheap]Authentic Derek Barnett Jersey[/url], there were still crickets coming from recruiters. He decided to attend one final camp to get his shot at kicking in college., but after attending several kicking camps and standing out for his high school

 just one more hope at a scholarship,“One more shot in the dark,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/trey-burton-jersey-cheap]Authentic Trey Burton Jersey[/url], ended up basically winning it.”,” Elliott said. “I had a really good camp

The next day he received two calls: one from North Dakota, and the other from Memphis. He chose the Tigers.,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/terry-bradshaw-jersey-cheap]Authentic Terry Bradshaw Jersey[/url], which eventually offered a partial scholarship

Four years later, Stephen Gostkowski — the man against whom Elliott will be competing on Super Bowl Sunday. The two first met during Elliott’s freshman year at Memphis and have maintained a relationship ever since., he’d break some of the all-time records held by the school’s most accomplished kicker

 the Bengals went with the veteran after Elliott missed two of his three attempts in the final preseason game. He was released and quickly re-signed to the practice squad in Cincinnati.,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/jerome-bettis-jersey-cheap]Authentic Jerome Bettis Jersey[/url],Elliott was a fifth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals last spring and appeared in a great position to unseat Randy Bullock in training camp. But in a close battle

 and he became a folk hero when he hit a late-second 61-yarder — the longest in team history — to complete a 21-point comeback against the New York Giants in Week 3.,But that didn’t last long. The Eagles quickly pounced and signed Elliott to their 53-man roster after Caleb Sturgis had suffered a hip injury and was placed on injured reserve. Elliott made 2-of-3 field-goal tries in each of his first two games with the Eagles

Elliott grew up a Chicago Bears fan, and he got to meet Gould when the Eagles and San Francisco 49ers played earlier in the season. They swapped jerseys after the game and have stayed in touch.,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/jack-lambert-jersey-cheap]Authentic Jack Lambert Jersey[/url], and specifically a Robbie Gould fan

” Elliott said.,“Really cool meeting him

 plus one more in the playoffs,Elliott would go on to miss only three field-goal tries the rest of the year. He missed three regular-season extra-point attempts, making every kick he attempted., but Elliott has been a huge part of the team’s success this season. He turned 23 years old on the day the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game

” Elliott said. “It’s all just been a blur.”,“Just unreal

And now back home, and all the proceeds will be going to the charity of Elliott’s choice — Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Foundation., they’ve suddenly become Eagles fans. Lyons High School is selling T-shirts with “Fly Eagles Fly” on the front and “Go Jake” on the back

“Everyone back home has been just so supportive of me,” Elliott said., it’s just amazing

 and they’re just happy to have known him before football even was a thought in his mind.,Many of them know Elliott’s story well by now. They know how special and rare it is

 he’s fully at peace with understanding how fortunate he was just to get that shot in a homecoming kicking contest as a scrawny freshman with little clue about what he was getting himself into. From that to the Super Bowl in less than a decade — what a wild ride.,For Elliott

 just insane how it started,“Pretty much total luck that this all happened, I can’t believe how it happened.”,” Elliott said. “Sometimes when I think about it

Freddie Mitchell created some headlines during Super Bowl 39 when the former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver said he "had something" for the New England Patriots secondary. 

 using it as extra motivation to beat the Eagles the last time Philadelphia and New England met in the Super Bowl. ,Rodney Harrison didn't take those comments week

"You have so many young guys nowadays,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/wendell-smallwood-jersey-cheap]Womens Wendell Smallwood Jersey[/url]," Harrison said. "Some people are just immature. Some people really haven't experienced certain things.", so many young guys that don't have respect for the game

 but the damage was done. He finished with one catch for 11 yards while Harrison and two interceptions and a sack in the Patriots' 24-21 victory. ,Mitchell said he was joking

 but the latest to make the accusation. Harrison was suspended four games in 2007 for testing positive for HGH. ,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/]Womens LeGarrette Blount Jersey[/url],Mitchell isn't the only Eagles player on the 2004 team that believes the Patriots cheated to win Super Bowl 39

 one Eagles staffer believed the Super Bowl practices were filmed or the playbook was stolen. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell destroyed the tapes 10 days after the discovery of the Patriots filming games. ,As for the Patriots "Spygate" scandal? According to report from 2015

What is news is the Philadelphia Eagles arriving in Minnesota on Monday night to participate in Super Bowl media day,” along with the New England Patriots.,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/derek-barnett-jersey-cheap]Womens Derek Barnett Jersey[/url], rebranded as “Opening Night

The Vikings were not in attendance. Vikings fans, were there. And they were clearly salty over their team’s poor showing in last Sunday’s game., however

Apparently finding nobody else to blame and nothing better to do on a Monday night,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/trey-burton-jersey-cheap]Womens Trey Burton Jersey[/url], booing them relentlessly., said Vikings fans took their resentment out on the Eagles at every turn

While crass and a little sad, there was some upside to the bitter Minnesotans.,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/terry-bradshaw-jersey-cheap]Womens Terry Bradshaw Jersey[/url], the Vikings fans who chose to show up at media day despite the lack of Vikings

 a revisited classic from last week’s game.,Their anger gave this small contingent of Eagles fans in the crowd a chance to show off their sarcasm. And they did it well with this clever take on the Vikings’ “Skol” chant

 DeFilippo only had this week to interview with teams for offensive coordinator openings...but no requests were made. ,DeFilippo could have also moved on to another team as an offensive coordinator as his contract with the Eagles after this season. Because the Eagles have reached the Super Bowl

New York is reportedly promoting quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates while the Cardinals are hiring Mike McCoy. The Vikings are currently interviewing Darrell Bevell and Dan Campbell.

Tennessee is the only team that could pursue DeFilippo,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/jerome-bettis-jersey-cheap]Womens Jerome Bettis Jersey[/url], likely meaning he has plans to give DeFilippo an interview. , which would give him the opportunity to call plays. New head coach Mike Vrabel is in no rush to search for one

The Eagles could also let Frank Reich interview for the Titans offensive coordinator position. Again, Philadelphia would likely promote DeFilippo to offensive coordinator., that's a promotion of sorts for Reich because he doesn't call plays in Philadelphia. If Reich would get hired by Tennessee




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