Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dorenbos going to Pro Bowl

Another Eagles player was added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster today, but it wasn't quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Dorenbos going to Pro Bowl


Another Eagles player was added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster today, but it wasn't quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The team announced this morning that long snapper Jon Dorenbos has been added to the roster, bringing the total number of Eagles on the NFC squad to seven.

That number will rise to eight when McNabb, a first alternate, is officially added over the weekend. McNabb's addition is a lock because either Minnesota's Brett Favre or New Orleans' Drew Brees will be eliminated from the Pro Bowl roster because one of them is going to the Super Bowl after Sunday's NFC championship game.

For Dorenbos, it is his first Pro Bowl in eight seasons. Dorenbos just completed his third full season with the Eagles and fourth overall. He replaced Mike Bartrum as the Eagles' long snapper for the final five games of the 2006 season and has held the position ever since.

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The only time you ever notice a long snapper, of course, is when he messes up and we haven't noticed Dorenbos much at all during his time here.

Dorenbos' tragic childhood, of course, has been chronicled many times before. His father Alan killed his mother Kathy after an argument in 2002. Dorenbos was 12 at the time.

"I cried last night in my garage," Dorenbos said.

And then he called his maternal grandfather Roy "Poppy" Surprenant.

"My grandfather and I are buddies," Dorenbos said. "For us to look back on the road our whole family has had, it's unbelievable. It stings like you can't describe and there are a lot of people out there who saw something in me and wanted me to succeed. You hope you're doing justice for all the people who went out on the line for me and got me to where I am today."

Dorenbos, a professional magician, said he will entertain his new audience of players on the NFC roster.

"Dude, I'm on this," he said. "The magic man will be out in full force."

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