A summer of social media takeover fun comes to an end today, and we’re wrapping up on a "super" note. Safety
Special Teams Ace
Chris Maragos signed a three-year contract with the Eagles this spring, immediately bringing depth to the team’s secondary and leadership as a special teams captain. Picked up by San Francisco as an undrafted rookie in 2010, Maragos brought along his scrappy, can-do attitude that fits right in with the team chemistry Coach Chip Kelly is building in Philadelphia.
“I was very fortunate to have a very competitive environment at a young age and I really had to strive and grind and really focus on details," Maragos said. "So when it came down to a coach relying on somebody, I got the nod. As the doors kept opening, I kept taking advantage of my opportunities.”
TEAM over talent....always— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) June 16, 2014
A native of Racine, Wis., Maragos said that “it was always a dream of mine to play at Wisconsin.” While he started his college career as a walk-on receiver at Western Michigan, Maragos' heart stayed in the Badger State and he kept up with the team through his brother Troy, who was the team’s mascot. Thanks to Bucky the Badger and Facebook, Maragos saw his shot and looked up Wisconsin’s starting wide receiver Luke Swann on the social network.
“I told him I played receiver and wanted a shot to play at Wisconsin. He responded and got my film in front of the coaches. Next thing I knew they were asking me to walk on. It was amazing how it worked out.”
Maragos spent his last two seasons playing defense for the Badgers and was named the school’s student athlete of the year following his senior season. Now that he’s found success in the NFL, Maragos continues to show love to Wisconsin, welcoming his Badger brothers to the league every spring during NFL Draft weekend.
City Of Brotherly Love
So blessed, never would have thought!!! pic.twitter.com/q8Cgcojugo— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) March 13, 2014
First things first Philly, where is the spot for the best cheesesteak?— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) March 12, 2014
Chris Maragos’ arrival to Philadelphia marked his first cross-country move and he’s embraced the City of Brotherly Love wholeheartedly. Whether it was exploring the city with his family or bonding with his teammates off the field, Maragos made the most out of his first offseason on the East Coast.
Pretty cool to see the Rocky steps today. Almost pulled a hammy going up those bad boys...J/K Coach Kelly pic.twitter.com/MFYZTS2FhI— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) May 24, 2014
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The Kids Are More Than All Right
A four-sport high school athlete and Wisconsin’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2004, Maragos knows first-hand the impact sports can have on a child’s success. He passes this lesson to kids of all ages through his work with the team’s Eagles Care program, his annual youth football skills camp and of course, to his own children, who can be found running around the team’s practice field following a hard day of work for Dad.
So blessed to have a space in kids lives to be able to coach and teach them. I'll never take that for granted. pic.twitter.com/IIjsEjpinX— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) June 29, 2014
Enough said... pic.twitter.com/U7WwrMlIgU— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) July 20, 2014
Coming from San Francisco and Seattle, Maragos played for some passionate fan bases, but it is Eagles Nation he has been waiting for. All the hard work he put in with the team this offseason will be worth it once the games begin.
Make sure to follow the @Eagles on Twitter and use #AskAnEagle to ask questions during today’s Twitter Q&A with Chris Maragos. See you after practice in the Twittersphere.