Jon Dorenbos Needs Open-Heart Surgery

Jon Dorenbos. (Jeff Fusco)

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced today that team doctors have discovered that Jon Dorenbos, the recently acquired longtime Eagles long snapper, requires open-heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

“This is a pretty serious condition and not only will it require open-heart surgery, but it will require it pretty quickly,” Payton said in a news conference with local reports in Louisiana. “Dr. John Amoss is the one that discovered it and basically saved his life with his findings. They did further tests and evaluations and we met twice yesterday and certainly news like this is a big alert for him.”

You’ll remember that the Eagles traded Dorenbos, the fan favorite who played 11 years in Philadelphia and dazzled national audiences with his skills as a magician on shows like America’s Got Talent and Ellen, to the Saints last week for a future seventh-round draft pick. According to Payton, New Orleans will attempt to rescind this trade because they believe the Birds knew about Dorenbos’s pre-existing condition.

When asked whether Dorenbos had issues with any prior physicals during his time in the NFL, Payton had this to say:

“I can’t speak for Philadelphia or the other teams he’s been with, but I do know that that’s something that came up on our physical and there is a blessing to it in some ways regarding him. I mean finding an aneurysm this size is something that will require immediate surgery and credit Dr. Amoss, who was the first one that caught the red flag.”

Why didn’t the Birds medical staff know the issue with Dorenbos was this serious, if Bowen is correct? Somebody has some ‘splaining to do, but let’s all say a prayer that Jon makes it through this and comes back home to Philly where he belongs.

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We Would Like to Welcome Jon Dorenbos’ New Wife to Philly

Jon Dobrenos and his new wife Annalise Dale at their wedding in Mexico. | Photo courtesy the happy couple

I, for one, can’t wait until the start of Eagles season. No, it’s not because I’ve suddenly become a die-hard fan — I’m one of those annoying fair-weather bandwagoners — but because the new Eagles season will hopefully mean that we’ll get to see Jon Dorenbos’ new wife around town on the regular. Read more »

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 »

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