In case you needed any more reason to watch this year’s Super Bowl, here is one more. . .
4 former Oregon Ducks will take the field tomorrow, 3 for Philadephia and 1 for New England. Enjoy these highlights from their NFL journeys, along with some little fun-to-know facts about each!
Sure does make it hard to pick a side tomorrow doesn’t it?
New England Patriots
Patrick Chung, SS
Chung was drafted by the Patriots in 2009 and has been a successful contributor on defense. With the exception of a short and uneventful stint with the Eagles from 2013-2014, Chung has played his entire career with the Patriots,and earned two Super Bowl rings.
Fun Fact: Chung’s mother, Sophia George-Chung was a popular reggae artist in the 1980’s (Thank you, Wikipedia).
Kenjon Barner, RB
A Ducks fan favorite, Barner has been a solid contributor this season for the Eagles. He was originally signed by his former college coach, Chip Kelly, in 2014, after a short stint with the Carolina Panthers. Though he was eventually placed on the practice squad, Barner earned his way back on the field, after a short period with the San Diego Chargers, and has had a decent role as a punt returner this season, even earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following the Eagles’ 34-7 win over the Cardinals.
Fun Fact: Personally, I have a soft spot for Barner. He once graciously agreed to help Kenny Wheaton and I teach a Football 101 for Women class. Setting aside his shyness, Kenjon made it through several embarrassing questions from a room full of adoring ladies. All for the sake of charity, right?
Walker was drafted to the Eagles in 2017. In his rookie season, he saw playing time in 7 regular season games, logging 10 combined and 4 assisted tackles. Walker is no stranger to big stages, having played for Oregon in the 2015 BCS National Championship. That said, this will be an even bigger stage, especially for young linebacker. It should be fun to see how much playing time Walker sees and how he handles all the pressure!
Fun Fact: Walker has a great sense of humor. He once told me (joking of course) that even he had a crush on Marcus Mariota.
LeGarrette Blount, RB
Blount is famously known for punching a Boise State player in 2010. It turns out, he’s also a really, really good football player. After making huge plays for Oregon, Blount began his NFL journey in 2010, primarily playing for Tampa Bay and New England. During his time with the Patriots, Blount earned two Super Bowl rings and in 2016 set records for the most rushing touchdowns in one season, setting a franchise record. Despite his success with the Patriots, New England wasn’t able to keep him from signing a better deal in 2016, during free agency, with the Philadelphia Eagles. In his first season with the Eagles, Blount will once again return to the Big stage, this time facing an entire defense full of his former teammates.
Fun Fact: According to an article by the Heavy.com, Blount ran track in high school, competing in the 100-meter dash and several other field events including long jump and shot put. Not too shabby for a guy of his size!
Grab some junk food and get comfy. It’s almost Game Time! I guess if you hate both teams, you can at least cheer for a Duck!