Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni loves competition. He has creative ways to stew the competitive juices on his team, like challenging players to shooting contests. Sirianni brought a mini basketball hoop to the NFL Scouting Combine – it had a Villanova logo on it — and made prospects play him in a game of Pig.
No, Sirianni seriously did that. And one of the guys he beat was Jordan Davis who the Eagles took on Thursday in the first round. The 341-pounder went shot for shot with the coach but in the end, Sirianni made more baskets.
Game over. Davis took the L. However, the beefy defensive tackle from Georgia made sure to give Sirianni his props after the game.
“You have to give your respect, man,” Davis said on draft night. “When an athlete beats another athlete, they really put in the work, and he spends a lot of time down there and he trains. Maybe next time I see him, we can run it back and get a rematch in.”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 29, 2022
Hopefully, that rematch happens this summer at training camp with reporters around to document it. Davis has been described as an “athletic freak” and the steal of the 2022 draft. He rattled off a few other “crazy things” he can do when chatting with reporters on Thursday.
“I do backflips in the pool, jumping off the edge, I don’t know if that counts. Pretty solid at basketball if you want to know,” Davis said. “But other than that, I’m just an athlete. I’ve played sports all my life and I will continue to.”
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