The Philadelphia Eagles bolstered their linebacking corps with the addition of eighth-year veteran Myles Jack. The recently-signed player had a humorous quote when asked about the phone call he received from general manager Howie Roseman.
"“Saturday afternoon, I’m working out at the house. Next thing I know, I’m on FaceTime with the GM while I’m working out,” Jack continued. “Next thing I know, I’m getting signed. I got two pairs of drawers, two pairs of sweats, two pairs of socks [with me at the hotel], and my Bible in my bag.”“I wouldn’t have it any other way, man. I went to Ross and bought a bunch of white T-shirts, and I’m here now. Know what I mean?” Jack said with a small laugh. “So that’s just how life goes, man. One week you’re on the couch playing Call of Duty. The next week you’re playing with the Super Bowl champions.”"
The Eagles? Or Trade School? Myles Jack Has Options
Someone then asked what Jack planned to do if he didn’t land a job with the Eagles. The 27-year-old defender let everyone know about his backup plan: Trade school. “I could just retire… sit at the house. But I’m too bored. I want to be innovative. If a zombie apocalypse happens, I want to be able to build something.”
An electrician or a plumber is what Jack decided on. That is until Roseman called his phone. Now, the world is at his feet. The Eagles need some difference-makers at linebacker after losing T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White in free agency. The hope was for Nakobe Dean to take a second-year leap, but to this point, the team has seemingly been underwhelmed by his development.
Whether Jack seizes a starting role in the defense or not, he brings a lot to the table as a depth and insurance piece. The former second-rounder is still a quality NFL player. On a unit full of such immense talent, the veteran linebacker could witness a career renaissance in the City of Brotherly Love.
And if it doesn’t work out, at least we know his fallback option. Who knows, the next time your toilet quits working, you may look up and see a 6-foot-1, 245-pound plumber heading into the bathroom to fix it. Props to Myles Jack for showing humility and shining a light on how great of an option trade school is. Not only for former players but for every person out there.