Eagles Alshon Jeffery Played Super Bowl Run With Torn Rotator Cuff

    After five super productive years with a miserable Chicago Bears franchise, Alshon Jeffery came to the Eagles in 2017 and provided second-year phenom Carson Wentz with a dynamic and clutch playmaker on the outside, which is something they’ve lacked since DeSean Jackson, aka “Beast Lightning” bounced. 

    Jeffrey grew up in a small town of just 2,100 people and attended Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, S.C. He used his talents to rise out of that small town and secure himself a Division-I football scholarship at University of South Carolina. 

    From there, his freakish skills took him to the NFL and his life story reached a peak when he helped lead Philly to the city’s first Super Bowl in franchise history. 

    After playing just 21 games in his last two seasons with the Bears, Jeffrey played in all 19 games for Philly. Amazingly, he did it all with a torn rotator cuff according to sources. 

    Ian Rapoport on Twitter

    Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery had successful surgery this morning on a torn rotator cuff, sources say. He suffered it in training camp and played through it, somehow, on the way to a Super Bowl.

    Which makes his accomplishments even more incredible. 

    In the Eagles 41-33 Super Bowl 52 victory over the Patriots, Jeffrey had three catches for 73 yards, including two of the games most important: a 34-yarder, for the nights first touchdown, and a 22-yarder that led to LeGarrette Blounts 21-yard score late in the second quarter. 

    They were incredible, impactful  receptions where he put his style, grace and athleticism on full display. 

    ESPN on Twitter

    Alshon Jeffery’s 34-yard touchdown is the longest pass TD in Eagles Super Bowl history. https://t.co/0DV5tAGQOh

    He also caught the first touchdown pass that Foles threw after replacing Wentz, in the win over the Giants that clinched the NFC East title, and he caught two against the Vikings in that remarkable NFC championship game rout. 

    Jeffery came to Philly on a one-year deal as a free agent, but signed a four-year extension with the Eagles in December to ensure that hell be back for their title defense once hes recovered from his trip to the operating room.

    These kinds of stories of bravery and commitment to team and fans are not told enough. Players make great sacrifices throughout the course of a season and in a team sport, championship teams win because the players understand that it is a team game. Even if the fans and media dont.  

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.