Former Eagles who also have roots and connections to the Bears

Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

. Alshon Jeffery. 17. player. 54. .

Before he was a Super Bowl hero in Philly, Alshon Jeffery began his career in Chicago.

The Chicago Bears selected Alshon Jeffery in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was coming off of a solid career at the University of South Carolina, winning First-Team Freshman All-American honors and First-Team Freshman All-SEC honors in 2009 before earning First-Team All-American honors and First-team All-SEC honors in 2010 and Second-team All-SEC honors in 2011.

Jeffery’s second season featured his breakout season. He hauled in 89 receptions for 1,421 receiving yards and scored seven touchdowns. For his efforts, he was voted to the Pro Bowl.

Another 1,000-yard season came in 2014. He caught 85 receptions for 1,333 receiving yards and reached the end zone ten times before adding another 1,628 receiving yards and six touchdowns during his final two seasons in Chicago.

Jeffery joined the Eagles by way of free agency in 2017 on a one-year deal. He would earn a four-year extension in the middle of that season. The 2017-2018 season and subsequent playoff run proved to be one to remember. He caught 12 receptions for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns during the three-game playoff run.

What made it all the more special was he had battled through a torn rotator cuff all season. Alshon’s time in Philly was mired by controversy and injury, but he will always be a Super Bowl hero. He’s also been named one of the 100 greatest Bears of All-Time. You can’t tell this story without mentioning him.