The Philadelphia Soul’s Jake Metz has had a pretty incredible few days, which now includes being added to the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles.
If I was Philadelphia Soul DL Jake Metz, I would keep doing whatever it is I’m doing in life, because it seems to be working exceedingly well.
It started on Friday night when Metz and the Soul marched into Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona to take on the Arizona Rattlers in Arena Bowl XXIX. The Soul were going in as underdogs against the high-powered Rattler offense but quickly sprinted out to a 21-0 lead.
The Rattlers would eventually tie it in the fourth but the Soul would persevere, coming out of Arizona with their second AFL Championship in team history.
It capped off an outstanding year for Metz, his second in a Philadelphia Soul uniform. He finished the season with 29.5 tackles, three broken-up passes and forced two fumbles. He also led the AFL in sacks for the regular season with eight.
For that he was awarded the Arena Football League’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and in addition was also named First Team All-Arena.
So you could say Metz was already having a good year when the Soul won the Arena Bowl and brought a championship to Philadelphia. This Wednesday he and his teammates will celebrate the win at City Hall before going (where else) to Chickie’s and Pete’s to continue the festivities with their fans.
But somehow, things actually managed to get better.
On Tuesday it was announced that the Eagles had signed Metz to their roster. It meant that Metz, who played college ball at Shippensburg and high school football at Souderton, would be playing in Thursday’s preseason finale against the New York Jets.
The soul’s head coach, Clint Dolezel, had nothing but great things to say about Metz when he heard the news.
“I could not be happier for Jake. The transformation I have seen from his rookie season to this year has been monumental, and clearly I am not the only one to notice this. I wish him luck and know that he will be a great addition to the Eagles defense.”
Metz is only 25 years old and at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, he has the size to play in the NFL. Can he make the final 53 man roster? Realistically the odds aren’t good, but there is an excellent chance that the Birds might give him a spot on the practice squad.
Which means that Metz would realize the dream of being an NFL defensive lineman for the team he grew up cheering for.
This, my friends, it what it looks like when you are winning at life.
You can watch Jake Metz and the rest of the Eagles wrap up the NFL preseason when the team takes on the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night.