Jon Dorenbos Advances to America’s Got Talent Finals

Jon Dorenbos

Jon Dorenbos performs in the semifinals of America’s Got Talent on August 30th | Screengrab via NBC

Most Eagles fans have come to terms with the fact that their favorite team is never going to win the Super Bowl. Never, ever. What if Carson Wentz is a Hall of Fame-caliber stud? He’ll be like Dan Marino — an all-time great who never won the big one.

That’s why Eagles fans have to settle for little victories. Such as: Jon Dorenbos could win a televised talent competition!

Dorenbos, a magician, has advanced to the finals of this season of America’s Got Talent. The Eagles long snapper learned his fate last night, when public voting moved him through the semifinals. Read more »

WATCH: Jon Dorenbos Kills It on America’s Got Talent Last Night

Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos appeared again on America’s Got Talent last night, and he did not disappoint. Using a fast-patter — as if he’d just done a rail of coke before going on stage — he had the judges long-snap footballs onto a map of the United States. (Heidi Klum delivered a perfect snap; Simon Cowell missed the map entirely.)

He then went through a convoluted shtick that seemed to be mostly misdirection — he made some “mistakes” during it, always a solid magician’s trick — before he pulled out a map from inside a notebook he’d given Howie Mandel. The map had the exact places where the four hosts had thrown their footballs! Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Dorenbos’ Second Act

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Looks like Jon Dorenbos has set himself up pretty well for life after football. Entering his 14th season in the NFL, his star as an entertainer is rising as his career as a long-snapper enters its twilight.

It’s the result of seeds planted along the way in preparation for the inevitable end, which Dorenbos has long been anticipating. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On the Player-Fan Dynamic

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Mychal Kendricks‘ “Welcome To Philadelphia” moment came in the aftermath of a home loss a couple seasons back. He heard his name being howled from above the tunnel and against his better judgment, looked up as he was heading off the field.

“Some dude got my attention and he’s like, ‘Kendricks!’ — he was crying — ‘Kendricks! You ruined my liiiife!’ I mean bawling. He was drunk. ‘You ruined my life!’ I’m like, ‘Sh*t, I’m the sad one. We just lost a game.’ That was fairly intense.”

For Najee Goode, it was an attention-grabber of an entirely different variety.

“Man, going up to an autograph signing in 2013 and seeing a chick with body paint on her top half — Eagles body paint. I’m like, ‘These motherf*&%ers crazy,'” he said with a laugh. “I liked it though, but I was like, ‘Damn.'”

Dennis Kelly‘s came in the form of advice via the always civil world of social media.

“Somebody told me to jump off the Ben Franklin onto a bed of spikes through Twitter after a game,” he said. “That was a nice little [piece] of critical feedback.”

None of the dozen or so Eagles players polled by Birds 24/7 have had a similar experience to the one Ryan Howard went through at Citizens Bank Park last weekend when the slumping slugger had a beer bottle thrown at him on his way back to the dugout (though there are members of this coaching staff who would tell you that J.D. Drew isn’t the only one to have Duracells flung in his direction). Such incidents, though, can trigger an examination of the relationship between professional athletes in Philadelphia and the fans. Read more »

Birds Try Out Long Snappers, Dorenbos Feels Pressure

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After two of Jon Dorenbos’s snaps contributed to a missed field goal and blocked punt Sunday, the Eagles worked out two long snappers to potentially replace him. However, no roster moves have been announced, and Dorenbos said today he still has his job.

“Whatever guys they had, they evaluated and then they said, ‘Let’s stick with Jon,'” Dorenbos said. “That’s all I care about, anything else doesn’t matter. I have another chance to come to work today. I’ve been doing this a long time. You take the bad and kind of digest it and say, ‘Hey, what do I think I did wrong?’ And then you forget it, and you let your body go back to doing what it’s been doing for 15 to 20 years. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Dorenbos has been with the Eagles since 2006, and made the Pro Bowl last season. He said the team told him they would work out possible replacements for him, which he appreciated. Read more »

Maclin, Dorenbos Pro-Bowl Bound

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Add two more Eagles to the Pro Bowl list.

Jeremy Maclin and Jon Dorenbos are heading to Glendale, Arizona. Maclin replaces an injured Demaryius Thomas. Dorenbos was selected as a “need” player by coach Jason Garrett.

Maclin established career highs in receptions (85) and yards (1,318) and tied a personal best with 10 touchdowns. This will be Maclin’s first Pro Bowl and it’s the second for Dorenbos, who was selected in 2009.

That makes nine Eagles that have been selected to the Pro Bowl this year. LeSean McCoy, Evan MathisJason Peters, Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce, Cody Parkey and Darren Sproles all received nods. McCoy will sit out as a precautionary measure after injuring his knee in the finale against the Giants.

Inside Voices: Eagles Getting Stronger

Philadelphia Eagles left guard Evan Mathis.The idea that a football team would be getting physically stronger as the season goes along seems counter-intuitive. The Eagles are 13 games into their campaign. Add training camp into the equation, and the grind has been going on for more than four months now. You would think the body would start wearing down right about now. Yet some players believe the opposite is happening in Year One under Chip Kelly.

“You can tell just from the reps that we do. I’m not saying that I’m just jumping up crazy, but what used to be hard to me is starting to become a lot easier towards the end,” said Brandon Graham. “Like the other day I put 405 on the bench [and did three sets of three] and it was pretty easy, and I feel like next week I want to go up a little more because that’s how good I feel right now.” Read more »

Eagles Re-Sign Colt Anderson, Jon Dorenbos

The Eagles made a couple moves that will affect their special teams today, re-signing safety Colt Anderson and long-snapper Jon Dorenbos.

“We are excited Jon and Colt will remain members of our team,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman in a statement. “These are two players who bring not only ability but a great amount of character to their respective positions. We anticipate they’ll both continue to have a strong impact as leaders on special teams. Coach [Chip] Kelly and I spoke about both players throughout the past several weeks and we both thought it was important for our club moving forward that we get a deal done with Jon and Colt before they hit the free agent market.”

Anderson is the Birds’ best special-teams player. He led the Eagles with 166 special-teams points (tracked by coaches), even though he missed a pair of games as he recovered from a torn ACL suffered late in the 2011 season. He was the first man down on coverage 34 times, second on the team to only Brandon Hughes.

Anderson also started four games at safety and had some nice moments, especially against the run. He showed he was capable of filling in as a backup when necessary The 27-year-old inked a one-year deal.

Dorenbos, meanwhile, signed a four-year deal. He joined the team in 2006 and has appeared in 101 games for the Eagles. Prior to landing in Philadelphia, Dorenbos had stops in Buffalo and Tennessee. He turns 33 in July.

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