With Cody Parkey's addition to the Pro Bowl roster on Monday, nine Eagles have been selected to the NFL's all-star game ...
For the fifth time in six seasons with the Eagles, tackle Jason Peters is headed to the Pro Bowl.
The man who wears No. 71 in honor of Hall of Fame lineman Walter Jones, Peters is another step closer to seeing his bust engraved years from now in Canton, Ohio.
"I haven't thought about it," Peters said of the Hall of Fame. "I take it year by year. I'm going to work and try to be the best player I can be every year. That really hasn't hit home. I just show up and play."
The only season Peters did not make the Pro Bowl since being acquired in a trade with Buffalo in 2009 was in 2012 when he missed the entire season after rupturing his Achilles twice.
"Jason Peters is, in my opinion, the best offensive tackle in football, and he has been for some time now," said fellow Pro Bowl offensive lineman Jason Kelce. "The way he moves, the way he run blocks, the way he pass blocks, everything he does is just extraordinary. It's no shock that Jason Peters is going to another (Pro Bowl)."
Peters originally joined the NFL as a rookie free agent signing of the Buffalo Bills in 2004 as a tight end. Peters was moved to tackle and earned two Pro Bowl nods with the Bills before being traded to Philadelphia.
Jones earned nine Pro Bowl and four first-team All-Pro selections during his Hall of Fame career. Peters now has seven Pro Bowl nominations and could be in line for a third first-team All-Pro when the team is announced next month.
For more on Peters and his spectacular career, check out this *feature from earlier this season ...*
Built for speed and power, the sleek, custom-built, crash-tested Jason Peters is the ultimate achievement in high-performance left tackles.
But that's not all. What if your performance-inspired left tackle could not only turn on a dime, plow everything in its path and accelerate with ease; what if your left tackle needed no steering at all? What if it could drive itself?
Jason Peters has always been a car guy, ever since his grandfather Dallas would drive young Peters around in his variety of trucks, sports cars and whatever else was in the rotation. Peters would spend hours sitting around just watching his grandfather tinkering under the hood, waiting for the day when Jason too would have his own sprawling collection.
Seven Pro Bowl seasons and a few highly paid contracts later and Peters has his fair share of toys – a '68 Chevelle, a '72 Oldsmobile, etc. But the road traveled by Peters to this point has been filled with unexpected detours, the occasionally frustrating traffic jam and an accident that some thought would put Peters in the shop for good.
Growing up in Queen City, Texas, a town of less than 2,000 on the eastern Texas border with Arkansas, Peters was always the best athlete for miles around. A standout basketball player who says his game best compares to Kevin Love, Peters still insists that he would have gone straight to the NBA from high school if only he had sprouted four or five more inches from his 6-foot-4 frame. Instead, after playing tight end, defensive end and kicker in high school, Peters went on to Arkansas as one of the nation's highest-rated recruits.
After switching from defensive end to tight end during his freshman year, Peters decided to declare for the NFL Draft after three seasons during which he recorded a total of 27 catches for 288 yards and four touchdowns. Despite a dazzling workout at the NFL Scouting Combine during which he ran a 4.93-second 40-yard dash at 328 pounds, Peters went undrafted. He then landed in Buffalo as an undrafted free agent, only because, as recalled by then-Bills general manager and current senior football advisor for the Eagles Tom Donahoe, Peters shared the same agent as a different undrafted rookie target (cornerback Jabari Greer).
Peters, of course, would prove himself to be no charity case. So rare are athletes with his combination of size and athleticism that the Bills kept Peters even though he didn't have a position. As a rookie, Peters was promoted from the practice squad and tasked with contributing only on special teams, where he would stand out as a wedge buster on coverage units and contribute a blocked punt and touchdown return. Click here to continue reading what drives Jason Peters.