Game Balls For Eagles Victory Over The RavensBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Sunday, September 16th, 2012
During my 11 years in the National Football League, the teams I played on would always give out a game ball or game balls for the offense, defense, and sometimes the special teams. It was a way of the players and coaches getting the chance to give recognition to a teammate who had played a great game.
If I were handing out game balls in the Eagles locker room this afternoon, one would go to Brent Celek on the offense and the other would go to DeMeco Ryans on the defense.
Celek caught eight passes for 157 yards. He had two spectacular plays. One occurred by the sideline when he jumped over future Hall of Famer, Ed Reed. That’s going to be on highlight films for a long time.
I loved the other play where Celek showed his toughness. He was nailed by Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard after catching a corner route. It was crushing blow, but Celek held onto the football, then laid on the ground trying to get his breath. After about five or ten seconds, Celek got up and made his customary first down signal to show Pollard that he could take his best hit.
Ryans was all over the field making tackles in the backfield and in the open field for the Eagles defense. He had an interception, a sack and six solo tackles.
In one series he made a key tackle on Ray Rice, who looked like he was headed for a big run. On the next play he jumped tight end Dennis Pitta, who running an underneath crossing route, and took him down before he could get a first down.
His interception set up a score and his sack moved the Ravens back before a field goal attempt.
Tell me what you think of those picks and what other players should be considered for those awards.
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