Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is the toast of the town
The victory tour continues for Eagles kicker Jake Elliott.
There’s no nice way to say it. The Philadelphia Eagles had no business winning over the New York Giants in week three. It’s almost as if they intentionally did everything that they can think of to make winning this game as difficult as possible. As the game approached its’ close, it appeared Eagles fans were on their way to a stressful Sunday night and Monday morning. Kicker Jake Elliott would change that with a game-winning field goal as time expired.
Just in case you haven’t heard, the kick was 61 yards. That’s good enough to place him in the team’s record books as the owner of the longest field goal in franchise history.
Take a look:
It still hasn’t gotten old has it? Honestly, it probably never will. That one will go down in Eagles folklore and should remain there forever.
A local legend is born:
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Elliott appeared this morning on 94 WIP-FM’s Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi. He revealed that he never had any intention of being a kicker until he was randomly selected at a high school pep rally in his hometown of La Grange, Illinois. He auditioned for the job. Coaches liked hat they saw, and even though he wouldn’t start until his junior season, Lyons Township High School led him to the University of Memphis.
Elliott announced on February 9th of 2017 that he’d enter the NFL Draft, and the Cincinnati Bengals took him with the 153rd-overall selection in the 5th round. After struggling in the preseason, he’d lose the placekicking job to Randy Bullock. The Eagles lost their kicker, Caleb Sturgis, in a week-one win. Elliott was given another chance, and now he’s in the history books.
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He’s the owner of the longest field goal in Eagles history, and he’s made the longest field goal by a rookie in NFL history. It’s also the longest field goal in the NFL since 2015.
That’s saying a lot.