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A High School Wager Pays Off For Corey Clement


What a ride it's been for rookie running back Corey Clement.

From being the only undrafted rookie to crack the Eagles' 53-man roster this season to becoming a key contributor to the offense, Clement is now the owner of a 1995 black BMW M5 sedan that he's wanted since high school.

How'd this happen?

Clement's good friend and guidance counselor at Glassboro High School, Mary Beth Ragozzino, was the owner of the car. She made a bet with the then-freshman Clement that if he was ever able to earn a spot in the NFL, the car was his. At the time, Clement relied on the upperclassmen for a ride to school.

A couple days ago, Clement received a phone call from Ragozzino letting him know she was holding up her end of the deal.

"It wasn't supposed to be this big but she just held up on her promise," Clement says. "(I was) just a freshman in high school. I didn't have a car myself. Finally got the opportunity to find out whose car it was and made the bet with her and here we are today. She actually reminded me recently that she still has her bet. I went to go get it from her and here I am with one of her old cars.

"I always bugged her about it when I go up to the high school games and say, 'You know you still got that bet you owe me' and she said, 'Yeah, I know. I got it.' So just yanking her chain a little bit. I'm not one to press on and if they're going to do it they're going to do it."

Much like his guidance counselor, Clement is holding up his own end as the Eagles have entrusted the rookie with a sizeable role in the offense this season. He leads the team with four rushing touchdowns with three of those scores coming in the past three games.

Clement's six touchdowns sit tied for third-most by a rookie this season. He's also a valued contributor to the special teams unit. He's tied for second place with six special teams tackle. 

As for his new whip, Clement plans on taking it out on a spin as much as he can.  

"I'll put some miles on it," Clement smiled. "Save my car some miles and until it gets bad out. I might have to get a rental for the snow. I already know how it gets up here with the weather."

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