Eagles Owner Moved to Tears On NFL Draft Phone Call With Jeremiah Trotter Jr.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie became emotional on a phone call with Clemson LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. after the team traded up to select the son of the longtime former Philadelphia linebacker at the 2024 NFL draft on Saturday.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie became emotional on a phone call with Clemson LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. after the team traded up to select the son of the longtime former Philadelphia linebacker at the 2024 NFL draft on Saturday. /
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There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

The Philadelphia Eagles came full circle as a franchise during the fifth round of the 2024 NFL draft on Saturday, as they traded up to select Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., the son of former longtime Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Sr.

Understandably, it was an emotional moment for the franchise's decision-makers, namely owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and coach Nick Sirianni.

One could feel and see such emotion during the Eagles' phone call to Trotter Jr., during which they let the prospect know he was headed to Philadelphia. Lurie was moved to tears in the wholesome moment.

Roseman, first on the phone with Trotter Jr., tells the Clemson product that he's officially a member of the Eagles, "just like it's meant to be." After Sirianni offers Trotter Jr. his congratulations, Lurie is handed the phone.

The Eagles owner asked Trotter Jr., who was born in 2002, how old he was when he first met him. Lurie, who became emotional, offered congratulations to Trotter Jr. and his father before telling the Clemson product that he "loved his mother," who passed away after a battle with breast cancer in February of 2023.

Blinking away tears, Lurie finished up the phone call by telling Trotter Jr. that he "can't wait to see you." It's clear how much Trotter Sr. meant to the Eagles. The 47-year-old spent eight seasons in Philadelphia, earning Pro Bowl honors four times while helping the Eagles advance to a Super Bowl in 2005.

The Eagles hope Trotter Jr. can have a similar impact.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.