Sullivan and Brown back with Philadelphia
SHEPHERDSTOWN — The City of Brotherly Love was temporarily transformed into a longtime-coming celebration of Super Bowl magic last night as the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles toasted their victory over New England that came in February at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Lombardi Trophy was there. The injury-dogged Eagles of 2018 were there to open the NFL season against Atlanta. And two former players from Shepherd University were there.
Tre Sullivan was on the team’s 53-player roster opposing the Falcons, to begin the firing for this season. Sullivan was with the Eagles last year as a member of the practice squad. After being injured, he was never activated, but was always a member of the organization.
Sullivan was last with Shepherd for its unbeaten 2016 regular season, and while he was not selected in the NFL draft, he was signed as an undrafted free agent.
Healthy for the 2018 preseason games, Sullivan was impressive enough to earn a place on the fluctuating 53-player roster after the Eagles made their cuts on Sept. 1. He was credited with a combined 11 tackles in the final two preseason games.
Sullivan was listed as a second-team player, behind safety Malcolm Jenkins. The other starting safety was Rodney McLeod, with Corey Graham listed as his backup.
Billy Brown came to the Eagles in much the same way as Sullivan did. He was undrafted, and signed as a free agent prior to the 2017 preseason schedule. Brown stayed on the practice squad all season.
In the completed preseason, Brown made six receptions as a tight end, including five in a 10-9 win over the New York Jets that concluded the exhibition games.
As with last year, Brown has been placed on Philadelphia’s 10-player practice team.
Philadelphia went into last night’s opener with quarterback Carson Wentz coming off knee surgery and quarterback Nick Foles recovering from a shoulder injury. But the celebration went ahead full tilt, and so did the beginning of the new season.