On the first day of the 2010 season, we close out our nuggets series with Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver. Weaver signed with the Eagles as a free agent last off-season and endeared himself immediately to Philadelphia fans, leading all NFL fullbacks with career highs in rushing attempts (70) and rushing yards (323). Weaver, 29, was then rewarded with a three-year contract this off-season that should keep him in Philadelphia for the near future, leading the way for LeSean McCoy.
1. Following his impressive 2009 season, Weaver became the first fullback in Eagles franchise history to receive All Pro honors. In addition to his skills as a pass-blocker and road-grader, Weaver showed an impressive knack for the big play for someone of his 6-foot, 250-pound frame. Three times last season, Weaver produced plays of over 20 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown run against the New York Giants and a 59-yard catch and run for a touchdown in Atlanta against the Falcons.
2. A product of Division II Carson-Newman college in Tennessee, Weaver went undrafted in 2005 and was signed as a rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. Weaver would eventually earn himself a roster spot and four years with the Seahawks, but he never forgot the slight of getting passed over by every team in the league. "It was a tough road," Weaver said. "You get written off as a free agent right away, no matter what you can do on the field. Being a Division II player, you were always led to believe by scouts and experts that you can't play at this level. That still motivates me to this day."
3. Weaver is just as productive off the field as he is on it, as he is one of the most active Eagles in the community. Inspired by his grandmother Mary English, who passed away during Weaver's rookie season, the fullback founded the Leonard Weaver Family Foundation to help those diabetes and to spread knowledge about the disease. Since, the foundation has steered its focus more towards Weaver's desire to work with inner-city youth (check out more at LeonardWeaverFoundation.org). He's also active with the Urban Youth Racing School in Philadelphia, a program that provides inner-city youths an awareness of the motorsports industry. And last season, Weaver helped found Weaver's Workerz program, in which Weaver spends four hours every Tuesday at the Bonsall Family School in Camden, NJ, helping to teach the 7th and 8th graders the four most important components of a fulfilling life: social, mental, physical and spiritual development. "I love being hands-on and very personal with the kids," he said. "Anyone can write a check or make an appearance. I want to make a difference in their lives. I bring my own kids as well to teach them how to treat people."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 10:28 a.m., July 26