Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Saying Goodbye to Trotter

Yesterday Eagle's starting middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was cut from the team. It was a surprise to him and every other teammate and fan of the Eagles. It is believed he was cut from the team because his bad knees were slowing him down. It was a very emotinal goodbye from Trotter but no hard feelings between Trot and the Eagles front office. Trotter was definitly the leader of the team. He was looking forward to playing with new linebacker Takeo Spikes. Trot said he still believes he has a couple of good years left in him. Trotter said this about him always being an Eagle, "I truly believe that if you were to cut me, I'd bleed green. Even when I was away for two years, I was always an Eagle at heart, and I'll always remain an Eagle." Brian Dawkins was quoted as saying, "This one hit me like a ton of bricks." The 30-year- old linebacker was a fan favorite. He was only supposed to play first and third downs this year with Omar Gaither playing third down. Gaither will take his place at starting middle linebacker.
Jeremiah Trotter was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 1998 draft (He was selected 72nd overall). Even though he didn't leave with hard feelings this time, he did leave with them when he left after the 2001 season. He then played two mediocre seaons with the Redskins and then asked Andy Reed to bring them back. When he came back he was the backup middle linebacker but quickly won back the spot in 2004. Trotter was a 4-time Pro Bowler.
Trotter probably won't play in the NFL again because no team wants to take a chance on a 30-year-old linebacker with bad knees. A team desperate on the defensive side might sign him or if a team wanted a leader in the locker room who could also mentor young linebackers. I am not so happy with this move but if he can't run well then maybe he shouldn't be on the team. I do think Gaither will do a good job. I will miss him doing the ax after a tackle though. From all the fans in Philly: GOODBYE TROTTER we'll miss you!

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