Eagles great retires
Eagles great Brent Celek has called it a career. A fifth-round pick back in 2007 the former Cincinnati Bearcat spent his entire 11-year career in the City of Brotherly Love. Over the course of his career, he embodied everything it meant to wear midnight green. Tough, Gritty, doing whatever needed to be done Celek will forever be remembered as one of the Eagles best.
There's no Miracle at the Meadowlands in 2010 without Brent Celek's 65 yard TD pic.twitter.com/j5XN6zFwf7
— Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) March 13, 2018
Not flashy but effective
Celek was never considered one of the elite tight ends in the game but he certainly made plays. His best season came back in 2009 where he reeled in 76 catches for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. Celek missed just one game in his career playing in 175 games and starting 132 of them.
Celek like many Eagles veterans savored the Eagles Super Bowl win like no other. Along with Celek punter Donnie Jones also went out on top but decided to unretire and remains a free agent. Despite having just one catch during the playoff run he still played a role.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 15, 2017
Celeks only touchdown of the season came at a perfect time during the game vs the LA Rams. A five-yard touchdown helped the Eagles secure a 43-35 win despite losing Carson Wentz. Though his role decreased due to the emergence of Zach Ertz, Celek remained a mentor and was still a highly effective blocker.
Coming of age
Prior to the season the closest the Eagles had come in recent memory to reaching the Super Bowl was during the 2008 season. The Eagles fell in heartbreaking fashion to the Arizona Cardinals 32-25 but Celek had himself a game. He caught 10 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
Brent Celek's coming out party came on the biggest stage. He had three touchdowns between the 2008 NFC Divisional Round and 2008 NFC Championship Game. pic.twitter.com/bFeyPGzeqN
— Tim Kelly (@TimKellySports) March 13, 2018
During the regular season that year Celek had Just 27 catches and one touchdown. In three playoff games that year he had 19 catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns.
A true Eagle
Celek went out in true Eagles fashion. He stated that “If the Cowboys offered him 10 million I still wouldn’t go”. A great career closed with a Super Bowl ring. There’s no better way to go out. Celek finished his career with 398 receptions for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns. A true Eagles great and leaving it all on the field for 11 seasons thanks for everything Celek enjoy retirement.
Brent Celek on Super Bowl after being released
“Thats the reason why Im not crying right now. Because I know we brought the city what they needed. What they wanted”
“The parade. It still gives me chills”
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 14, 2018
All stats via NFL.com and Pro-Football-Reference.com
Photo Image via Flickr/ GCobb.com
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