April 05, 2019
Former Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin made his retirement officially official on Thursday evening, posting a lengthy retirement letter to Twitter thanking just about every human being he interacted with during his time in the NFL. It’s a pretty cool move and nice sentiment from a guy basically everyone enjoyed being around.
You can read the full thing here, if you own a microscope:
If you don’t, we’ve extracted his lengthy section directed towards former Eagles teammates and the city of Philadelphia.
Here’s what Maclin had to say about his time as an Eagle, which was (unsurprisingly) the biggest section of the letter:
“To the Philadelphia organization and #EaglesNation — where do I start? Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Andy Reid, Marty [Mornhinweg], and David Culley, thank you for taking a chance and drafting me. I appreciate the opportunity you guys gave me to play in front of a fan base and city that is second to none. Big Red and Culley, y’all have helped me become the man I am today. Your loyalty and honesty is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The memories I have of playing int hat midnight green still give me chills. It isn’t because of the balls I caught or the touchdowns I scored, it’s because of the teammates I got to share the field with every Sunday. I’ll never forget DJac and me talking trash to defensive backs every time we stepped foot on the field.
“I’ll never forget Asante telling us he’s getting a pick and two plays later he gets a pick. I’ll never forget Shady turning negative run plays into big explosive run plays. I’ll never forget how true Jason Avant stayed to himself no matter what the situation was. Winning or losing, every catch he thanked the man upstairs. Celek, JP and Kelce, I will always have respect for how professional you guys are. I will never forget watching how dominant Fletcher, BG and Trent were in those trenches. I’ll never forget catching a bomb from one of my childhood idols, Vick, in our first ever rep together in practice. Foles, I can go all day about you. Since you were a rook I have been a far, and will always be a fan. Ertz and Matt, the friendly competition between us during the 2014 season was a blast. To the fans of Philly…..Wow! What else can I say? Amazing! The number of people that impacted my life in a positive way, on and off the field in Philadelphia, is massive and I’m forever thankful for them. Philly will always hold a special place in my heart. #FLYEAGLESFLY forever!”
Maclin went on to thank Eagles security man Dom DiSandro “for looking out for me during my time in Philly” and Harold Carmichael “for letting me pick his brain and shedding knowledge about the NFL”.
That’s an insane list of name-checks from Maclin, who played for the Eagles from 2009 to 2014.
What’s probably more insane is that his former teammate, Jackson, is back with the Eagles this year after working his way through Washington and Tampa Bay.
Maclin caught 343 passes for 4,771 yards and 36 touchdowns during his five seasons with the Eagles, including a gaudy 2014 campaign in which he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. He signed with the Chiefs in 2015, played two season in Kansas City, and then played the last season of his career with the Ravens in 2017.