Jordan Mailata discusses Jalen Hurts, Eagles during chat with NFL Network

Jordan Mailata #68, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Jordan Mailata #68, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

When a game is played with a helmet on, the task of identifying some of its stars can be difficult for the casual football fan. Everyone knows who the quarterback is. Philadelphia Eagles star Jalen Hurts is the face of the franchise. He speaks with the local media weekly. QBs often earn close-ups from the television crew covering an NFL game before and after every offensive play call. That Things are often different for an offensive lineman like Jordan Mailata though.

Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson have been in the starring role for a while, but that’s often the exception to the rule. Normally with the casual sports fan, offensive linemen are ignored until they are flagged for a false start or holding. Once upon a time, the theory was an O-lineman was only mentioned when they did something wrong.

In Philly, things are different. Their front is loaded with colorful characters. One, Mailata, is a proud Samoan who once made his name as a rugby standout. He also has the singing voice of an angel.

Recently he was featured on NFL Network’s highly popular Good Morning Football show, and he had a lot to say about the man whose blindside he protects on game days.

Jordan Mailata hangs out with NFL Network’s Good Morning Football crew.

It’s a story that’s worthy of a biography that we later adapt for the big screen. Jordan Mailata was drafted 233rd overall, during Round 7 of the 2018 NFL Draft as part of the league’s International Player Pathway Program. He didn’t even know how to put a helmet on.

Fast forward to the present, and he’s a fixture at left tackle after beating out a former first-rounder, Andre Dillard, for the job. Dillard is no longer on the roster.

Before the 2021 NFL season, he signed a four-year, $64 million contract that included a $40.8 million guarantee. He’ll again start at left tackle for Philadelphia this season, but before that happens, he took some time recently to hang out with GMFB’s breakfast table. Here are the results of that conversation.

Bravo Jordan… Organized team activities approach. We can’t wait to see you, Jalen, and everyone else on the field. That is unless, of course, the Eagles cancel some of their offseason workouts again.