Malcolm Jenkins won a Super Bowl in 2009 as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints.
Jenkins recalls how his head was "swimming" trying to prepare for the championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Now, he's a leader among leaders for the Eagles as they prepare for their Super Bowl LII tilt with the New England Patriots.
He's addressed the team following head coach Doug Pederson's postgame speech throughout the season. He spoke to the team about what it takes to win a Super Bowl ahead of the playoff run. Before the NFC Championship victory over Minnesota, Jenkins broke down the team huddle and explained that it was the final time that this team would play together at Lincoln Financial Field.
They'll get to play together one more time for the chance to become world champions.
"I haven't been a part of a closer group. This is a special group, to be honest," Jenkins said. "Guys have taken less money to come here. Guys who've gotten traded here got out of negative situations and everybody plays for each other. Nobody cares who makes the play. We just come to win and have fun doing it. We're looking to keeping that formula the same."
In order to win, Jenkins and the Eagles must dethrone the Patriots. It will be the eighth Super Bowl appearance for the head coach/quarterback duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
"The obvious thing that the Patriots do probably better than anybody is that they create the matchups that they want," Jenkins said. "We feel good about that. We do a good job of matching up with personnel regardless of who we put on the field."