Alshon Jeffery looked like a madman when he declared that his team would win the Super Bowl next season. That was after a 2016-17 season that saw the Chicago Bears win just three games.
Yes, Jefferey looked a bit crazy for determining that a Super Bowl was in his and his team’s future, but now that he’s with the Philadelphia Eagles it seems possible that he spoke that fate into existence.
Of course, he told Tim McManus of ESPN that he wasn’t necessarily talking about the Bears when he made that prediction, so it was all semantics.
“I never said a team, though,” said Jeffery at his locker stall Tuesday, raising an eyebrow and offering a smile. “I never said a team.”
Jeffery signed a one-year deal with the Eagles this past offseason and may have taken a smaller role and perhaps went someplace where he got a little bit less money, but according to the sixth year wideout out of South Carolina, it’s worth it to be on a team that’s focus on a championship:
“Winning championships, that’s most important to me,” he said. “A lot of players make a lot of money, but some of them never make the playoffs, never get to experience a lot of things. Like being here in Philly, the atmosphere where we all want that for each other. We all want to go to the playoffs. We all want to win a championship. We’re all together.
“I think players who want a lot of individual stats, my opinion, their team don’t do well. It’s not basketball. In basketball, I can go out there and score 40 or 50 and we can win. … Football you need everybody.”
The Eagles are currently 9-1 and first in the NFC East. They’re one of the favorites to go to the NFC Championship game and perhaps the Super Bowl — if not the favorite — and Jeffery has played an important role for the team.
Through 10 games, the wideout has caught 38 passes for 567 yards and six touchdowns.