EX-EAGLES MATES KELCE AND BARWIN: BEST FRIENDS TO THE END!

By Michael Bennett

Eagles center Jason Kelce and Giants linebacker Connor Barwin – great friends and former teammates with the Eagles and with the University of Cincinnati Bearcats – signed and exchanged jerseys and posed for a photo yesterday after the Eagles’ win.

The two were teammates in Philly from 2013 to 2016 and at Cincy during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

In February, Jason shared emotional post-game remarks about overcoming the odds to become a Super Bowl champion. A walk-on linebacker for UC who switched to offensive line after redshirting, Kelce was drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and missed most of the 2012 season after suffering MCL and ACL tears.

Barwin agreed to terms with the New York Giants – his fourth NFL team – just before the start of training camp after telling SiriusXM NFL Radio that he wouldn’t go to a team that can’t win a Super Bowl.

Barwin told GQ.com he was happy for former Eagles teammates as well as the city following their Super Bowl LII win, but also was “kind of bummed” that he missed out on it.

Barwin moved from linebacker to the defensive line after the Eagles switched to a 4-3 system, and his sack total dropped. The Eagles released Barwin in March of 2017.

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