By: Barry Barnes, Founder
A year ago, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill was drafted by the New England Patriots. This year, he helped to defeat them and became a Super Bowl champion.
“Not going to lie. I was hoping and praying they were going to win (against the Minnesota Vikings), because I wanted them so bad,” stated Grugier-Hill, according to khon2.com. “I want to go out there. I’ve been talking to my friends that I have on the team over there already. It’s a big one for me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want to show them and show the world exactly why they should have kept me.”
When the Patriots selected Grugier-Hill in the sixth-round (208-overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, it was followed by an excellent trial at the Minnesota-held NFL Regional Combine.
Despite a decent offseason and training camp, the Patriots still placed Grugier-Hill on waivers, and the Eagles claimed him.
Grugier-Hill only registered a tackle during his rookie season, however, this season was a different story as he finished with 22 tackles and a forced fumble.
As a special teams’ ace, Grugier-Hill answered the bell each time he was called upon as he made stops, a block and – kicked. He blocked a punt against the New York Giants and was an emergency kicker against the Dallas Cowboys.
Grugier-Hill joins a proud list of players who journeyed through the RC and won a Super Bowl that includes defensive end Benson Mayowa and quarterback B. J. Daniels (Seattle Seahawks, 13), tackle Caylin Hauptmann and wide receiver Brian Tyms (Patriots, 14), kicker Brandon McManus (Denver Broncos, 15) and tight end Matt Lengel and defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton (Patriots, 16).
When needed, Grugier-HIll was always there and hopefully, with an extended role, he will be in Philly to win again next year.