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The Eagles May Not Have Drafted a Fireman This Year But This Guy From New Zealand In Camp Has a Pretty Crazy Story

The Eagles May Not Have Drafted a Fireman This Year But This Guy From New Zealand In Camp Has a Pretty Crazy Story

There were no 26-year-old fireman taken by the Eagles in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft but that doesn't mean they don't have any crazy stories about a player who is pretty old for a rookie and has barely ever played organized football in his life.

Reuben Frank has the story today of 27-year-old New Zealand native Nic Purcell who never even stepped onto a football field of any kind until he was 24. And that was at a junior college. He didn't go to junior college in California to play football though, he just went to get an education and study kinesiology. But being a giant 6-6, 255-pounder walking around campus can get you an invite to come play football at those kinds of places.

He started on the defensive side of the ball but quickly moved to offense after coaches told him he had the potential to be great there. He played two seasons at left tackle and excelled, drawing the attention of Division I schools like Chip Kelly's Oregon. He was even going to make a visit and maybe attempt to transfer but the NCAA stepped in and did NCAA-like things and blocked his eligibility because he played some organized sports but didn't get paid over in New Zealand back in the day.

So a Division I football career was not in his future but that didn't stop Kelly from inviting him to Eagles' rookie camp.

With his college career ending abruptly, Purcell faced an uncertain future. But Kelly thought highly enough of Purcell to invite him to the Eagles’ rookie camp in late April as an unsigned tryout player.

And Purcell, now 6-6, 300 pounds, showed enough to earn a contract and a chance to remain with the team throughout the offseason.

Needless to say, with only 21 games of football experience, it’s been challenging.

Pretty wild story. Obviously this guy faces a gigantic challenge in actually making it onto the 53-man roster, but the fact that he's got a chance alone is amazing.

You should really go read Roob's story to hear this kid tell his tale.

>>New Zealand native Purcell took unlikely path to Eagles camp

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

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This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

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• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
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• Other various projects as assigned

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5. Must be 19 years of age or older
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9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only 1884 Providence Grays.

They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of 28 games.

The Indians joined the Grays on Thursday when Francisco Lindor's three-run homer led Cleveland to a 4-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Grays ended up winning 28 of 29, leaving the Indians one game shy of matching the record (see full recap).

Cubs rally in 9th, beat Brewers to open big series
MILWAUKEE -- Javier Baez grounded a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Chicago Cubs widened their NL Central lead over Milwaukee, beating the Brewers 5-3 Thursday night.

The Cubs now are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers after winning the opener of a four-game series.

Milwaukee was in position to win it in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. But Wade Davis (4-1) struck out Domingo Santana and then, after falling behind 3-1 in the count to Orlando Arcia, came back to retire him on an easy comebacker on a full-count pitch.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 when Ian Happ led off the ninth by hitting a grounder that first baseman Neil Walker fielded wide of the bag. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress covered first and Happ was called safe in a close play, a ruling upheld on replay (see full recap).

Twins rout Tigers, lead AL wild card by 2½ games
DETROIT -- With a postseason berth tantalizingly close, the Minnesota Twins snapped out of their mini-slump in emphatic fashion.

Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night. Minnesota is 2 games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland .

The Twins had lost five of six coming into the night, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, but they routed a depleted Detroit team that is 4-17 in September after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton.

"As a whole in this season, it's been pretty impressive," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "Staying away from the long losing streaks, coming back from some tough losses and some tough stretches and getting back to playing winning baseball, for the most part,” (see full recap).

Fowler delivers again as Cardinals beat Reds
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals rinsed the bad taste of being swept by the Chicago Cubs the best way they could -- sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.

Dexter Fowler delivered again, hitting two doubles and a single as St. Louis overcame Scott Schebler's two home runs to beat the Reds 8-5 Thursday night.

The Cardinals began the day 2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot and five games behind the Central-leading Cubs.

Fowler drove in two runs. He went 7 for 13 with two home runs and six RBIs in the three-game series (see full recap).