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Another year, another local product joins his hometown team

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For Haason Reddick, being able to play back home is a "crazy feeling." One of his new teammates has had the opportunity to soak that feeling in during the first few months with his hometown team.  

D'Andre Swift recently joined the Eagles after three seasons in Detroit following a draft-day trade in the spring. The Philadelphia native grew up an Eagles fan, experiencing all the historic moments, including witnessing the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history in his dorm at the University of Georgia.  

"I am having fun with it," Swift said. "I am getting to know the guys more every day and clicking with the coaches."  

Reddick was in the same situation last year. The Camden, New Jersey native and Temple University standout shined in his first season wearing midnight green.  

While growing up in Camden, Reddick adopted Philadelphia as his second home. He walked across the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps during the 2017 NFL Draft when he was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Everything came full circle for Reddick when he signed to play for his hometown team at the start of free agency in 2022. 

"I let him (Swift) know how great it was to be back home and the importance of it," Reddick said.  

The same can be said about Swift. He made his name playing football in North Philadelphia and now returns to the City of Brotherly Love six years later where he has the chance to write more history.  

Swift was a star at national high school powerhouse St. Joseph's Preparatory School. In his time at The Prep, he was recognized as the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania and named the 2016 Pennsylvania Football Writers Association All-State Player of the Year. During 2016, his senior season, Swift amassed 1,564 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns for the Hawks en route to an undefeated season and PIAA Class 6A State Championship.  

"Just thinking about how I'm a Philadelphia Eagle, it's a blessing to be here," Swift said.

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Returning home has allowed Swift to be more involved with his high school alma mater. He recently attended The Prep's first football game of the season in Ocean City, New Jersey. During Training Camp, Swift and wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, another St. Joseph's Prep graduate, welcomed the team to practice and talked with the players and coaches.  

These are things Swift had not been able to do in Detroit.   

"It felt good being back to see some of the guys I went to high school with and the coaches," Swift said. "It makes you miss being around that environment. It was good to see everybody."  

Being back in his hometown has allowed Swift to spend more time with his loved ones, as well. His dad, Darren, owns Swift Fit Speed and Strength Training Academy, a bodybuilding gym in the Port Richmond section of the city. His mom, Ayanna, who has been an important figure in her son's life, is now closer than ever.   

"I'm closer to family," Swift said. "I get to see them a lot more, which I am grateful for."   

Being from a family that bleeds green, Swift's dad bought every color jersey when he was traded to the team.  

Despite more engagements with the local Philadelphia high school football scene and more family members reaching out, Swift is locked in for the season ahead. Swift noted that he "blocks everything out" to help him focus on his craft.   

For Reddick, it has been an advantage to be an Eagle.   

"I know what is expected from the fans," Reddick said. "I know what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle. There is a lot of pride and history here."  

Growing up an Eagles fan in Philadelphia could give Swift an upper hand, but after Reddick's success on the field last year, Swift will have a hometown hero to emulate.

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