Future Watch: Jake Elliott, Rookie Football Cards, Eagles – Jake Elliott is a rookie kicker who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a fifth round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Most times kickers don’t get a lot of love in the hobby and in the media. This player is doing a lot to buck that trend.
It all started at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois. He only started kicking in his junior year. That year he kicked a 52-yarder with no time left to win a big game. That was a theme that would continue for him.
Elliott attended Memphis University. In his first year, he was 16-for-18 in field goal attempts. That first year he led his team in scoring with 72 points. His 56-yard field goal was a school record. Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) held the previous record with a 53-yarder. Along the way, he was twice named to the First Team All-Conference team and won Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. For one season, he was 57-for-57 on extra points. He was a Lou Groza Finalist in 2015, being recognized as one of the best kickers in college football.
Having made the Eagles squad out of camp, there wasn’t a lot of focus on the young kicker until the first game of the season. On September 24th, the Eagles third game of the season he made a name for himself. He was already kicking his fair share of field goals but when he lined up for a 61-yarder his quarterback, Carson Wentz, said he’d give the kicker his game check if he made the kick. Here’s the result.
Elliott didn’t accept the game check for himself. Instead he donated a dollar figure to charity. At that point, he became an instant celebrity in the City of Brotherly Love.
His only NFL licensed rookie card, to date is a Panini Instant card. Only 75 were made and it’s a hot item. Other than a few SAGE Hit cards, he doesn’t have a card in a major release. He deserves one before the season is out.
The 7-1 Eagles are leading the NFC East and Elliott is a big reason for the team’s success. He doesn’t get a lot of credit but so far, this season he’s 14-for-16 (87.5%) on field goals (61 yards is now the team record) and he’s only missed two extra points. He also has the team record for most 50-yard field goals in a season with five and there’s a lot of season left. Keep an eye on him.
Future Watch: Jake Elliott, Rookie Football Cards, Eagles
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