Eagles rookie Jalen Carter almost pulls off greatest interception in NFL history

Jalen Carter has been a joy to watch this Eagles season, and in Week 11, he almost pulled off the unthinkable.
Jalen Carter, Philadelphia Eagles
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Every NFL game is a gift. For more than a century, we have seen some of the most gifted players do some of the most amazing things. From Jim Brown runs that preceded the merger to YouTube-worthy moments that have showcased some great individual efforts, pro football is never short of highlights. The first half of Week 11's Philadelphia Eagles game hasn't showcased a great deal of fireworks, but their phenomenal rookie is giving it his all.

Leave it to Jalen Carter to give us a reason to smile on a frustrating night.

We're running out of superlatives to describe Eagles rookie Jalen Carter.

If the season were to end today, Jalen Carter would, no doubt, be named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. No one should have any questions about heart.

We mentioned a century of NFL action earlier. We have seen many highlight-reel and game-ending interceptions over the years, but Philly's phenomenal rookie came within inches of pulling off the greatest pick of all time.

How about this effort?

Yep! Close indeed...

His hustle is otherwordly. We have seen him peanut punch fumbles. We have seen him blow up running plays and drag a quarterback down or two. Still, had the rook managed to pull off an interception on the QB spike, we would have had to give him the Defensive ROY trophy after Week 11.

There's absolutely no doubt about that one. The Chicago Bears will rue the day that they passed on this guy twice. The Eagles most certainly are lucky to have landed him.