In what seems like a year ago the Philadelphia Eagles signed safety Chris Maragos from the Seattle Seahawks. Since that day he has become the Eagles forgotten player. But that’s not new to him. Since high school he has been forgotten until he begins making plays. But he is no stranger at working towards greatness.
I had four teams interested in me in free agency right off the ball and it felt great. It was the first time in my career that it happened that way. I had to transfer in high school just to get recruited. Then I went to Western Michigan (as a wide receiver) and nobody knew who I was. Went to Wisconsin (and played wide receiver before moving to safety) and nobody knew who I was. In the NFL, nobody knew me and I didn’t get drafted.
But that did not stop him. In the near future, (2014 NFL Season) I think the Eagles will count themselves fortunate to have landed him. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is building his team the way he wants it. He sought out Maragos for his play-making ability. In a very short time we have come to trust Kelly and his decisions.
Maragos, like most NFL players, wants to start in the NFL. Judging from his past he is used to working for what he wants. In today’s NFL a well-known name will not get you very far. (Does anyone remember Denver Broncos/New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow?) If you don’t play well, you don’t eat.
So keep an eye on Maragos this season. He will most likely start on special teams but if he impresses enough and keeps his work ethic at a high level he may get the start in the NFL he dreams of.