Philadelphia Eagles safety and two-time Pro Bowl selection Malcolm Jenkins celebrates yet another year of life. Just five days before Christmas, he turns 31 years old.
These days, whether it be due to health concerns or the fact that we just live in a more dangerous world than we used to, people are just living shorter lives. Seeing a thirtieth birthday is an accomplishment. Most of us would love to leave a mark on the world and hope that someone remembers us.
It’s in that final statement that we see something very special about ‘Number 27’.
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Jenkins’ story is still being written.
For many of us, the dream of football stardom died after high school. Jenkins, a proud product of Piscataway Township High School, went on to live out his dreams by playing at Ohio State University.
That led him to the NFL, and that’s where many of us met him.
He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion (XLIV, LII). He’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2015, 2017), but look at it this way. Team success usually sheds a spotlight on individual players, and it’s in that spotlight that we, sometimes, find our Pro Bowlers.
Better teams send more players.
The Eagles have had a down year, but Jenkins has quietly had another good one. The voters may have left him off of the current Pro Bowl roster, but Philly fans know his value. For his career, he’s racked up 783 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 17 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles, but that isn’t his entire story.
Jenkins is more important for the work he does off of the field. He champions many causes, and when his story ends, it’ll, no doubt, be those accomplishments that he’s most proud of.
We’ve been lucky to see Jenkins in an Eagles jersey. He’s truly one of the good guys in a sport where we often discuss selfishness. It’s guys like Jenkins and Chris Long that make it easy to be fan of ‘The Birds’. We at ITI wish him a very happy birthday.