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October 31, 2018

Safety Blitz with Malcolm Jenkins: My favorite Halloween costume as a kid was...

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Malcolm Jenkins is a two-time Super Bowl champion and veteran NFL safety. Each week this season he'll sit down with PhillyVoice's Joe Santoliquito to bring you Safety Blitz.

Sometimes the way Malcolm Jenkins hits, it’s enough to make any NFL offensive player scream. Just ask the Los Angeles Rams’ Brandin Cooks, who Jenkins knocked out of Super Bowl LII when he was a New England Patriot with a devastating hit that actually drew a collective hush and then silence at U.S. Bank Stadium; or Tom Brady, who by no coincidence dropped a flea-flicker pass on the following play with Jenkins converging on him down the sideline.

So, it’s not really a stretch what the two-time Super Bowl champion and multiple-time trick-or-treater used to don during his teenage days in Piscataway, New Jersey.

“When I was growing up, everybody wanted to have a ‘Scream’ mask from the movie,” recalled Jenkins, with a laugh. “That was probably my favorite Halloween costume as a kid. Now if you want to go way, way back, I always wanted to go out as a ninja. My dad wasn’t a big Halloween guy, so we didn’t do a lot of trick-or-treating on our own when I was real young.

“My mom dressed me as a ninja and I would go with her, before I was old enough to go out on my own. I wouldn’t say that I'm necessarily a Halloween type of person, but I would say I do like a nice costume party. That’s about it. With my oldest, me and wife did some walking around with her in the neighborhood to get candy. We let her dress up, but I don’t decorate my house or anything like that.

“I will say, I was definitely pushing it when I got older. By then, it wasn’t really about the costume as much as it was the candy. So I put my Scream mask on and did my trick-or-treating. It was whatever I wore that day, and I’d grab my Scream mask and walk around collecting my candy. I did that until I was around 16. After that, I just thought I was too old.”

Jenkins had a high priority to stick around after the Eagles returned home after their 24-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Pro Bowl safety had never been to Europe, prior to arriving late last week and he wanted to take advantage of some of the sites while he was there. 

It was important for Jenkins to hit Savile Row, which is a street in Mayfair, in central London. It’s known as London’s fashion district, “principally for its traditional bespoke tailoring for men, the street has had a varied history that has included accommodating the headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society at 1 Savile Row, where significant British explorations to Africa and the South.”

“We don’t actually have a lot of time to see a lot of things, but that’s where they do a lot of custom suiting,” Jenkins said. “The back end of my company is named after Savile Row in London. My company derives from my middle name, which is Damari, and my partner is from London. We combined the names.

“I do want to get to that street and see what that area is about. That area has a big influence on my partner, and there is a history behind it. I want to see what they have to offer.

“I want to take some time with my family and rest my body, then get ready for the second half of the season.”

Follow Malcolm Jenkins on Twitter @MalcolmJenkins and Facebook at Malcolmjenkinsnfl

Visit Malcolm's clothing store, Damari Savile: Born in the City of Brotherly Love, Damari Savile provides made to order suiting for those looking for a more stylish fit for their wardrobe. Located at 709 Walnut Street.

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