Remember earlier this week when Brandon Brooks tweeted an invite he received to a random fan's wedding and then said he would go?
Of course you do because you read this website all day, every day. Duh.
Anyway, the random fan's wedding took place on Saturday afternoon and, well, well, well... the gigantic Eagles offensive lineman followed through on his promise.
Check this out:
Ok, that's really cool.
Of course, the connection here is the groom is a Miami (Ohio) alum and that's where Brooks also attended college before becoming an NFL lineman.
Twitter can really work wonders sometime.
The lesson here, kiddos: always shoot for the stars because you never know what will happen. You could have a Philly athlete show up at your graduation or quinceañera or something.
Unfortunately, former Phillies great Sal Fasano is not on Twitter. You're gonna have to use snail mail if you want to invite him to your housewarming party.
Well, if you are a die-hard Eagles fan who attended Miami University in Ohio, you’re in luck because Brandon Brooks would love to join you and your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day.
All you need to do is send a letter.
This morning, Brooks tweeted out a letter he received from fellow Miami University graduates, Geoffrey Lane and his bride-to-be Marni Goldberg, inviting him to their wedding tomorrow afternoon.
Geoffrey took a shot in the dark trying to bring a celebrity to his wedding. Low risk, high reward situation.
It paid off as Brooks accepted the blind-date style invitation.
You have to wonder what Brooks might get the newlyweds as a gift. Perhaps a midnight-green toaster.
This isn’t the first time an Eagles player made someone’s day special. This past season rookie QB Carson Wentz was tasked to complete a fan’s quiz after losing two straight games and leading into a week-14 game against the Bengals. That game would be an embarrassing 32-14 loss.
Luckily for Wentz, the five-question test from this young fan did not ask about his receiving corps or his struggles adjusting to the NFL.
Wentz responded via twitter and passed with flying colors.
Give Howie Roseman high marks for his moves on Day One of free agency. He did some pretty slick maneuvering for a guy who didn't have a lot of money to spend and multiple holes to fill.
Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith are the talk of the town today and justly so. It is abundantly clear the Eagles' mission this offseason is to build around quarterback Carson Wentz and with the acquisition of Jeffery, the best receiver on the market, and Smith, a legitimate deep threat, they have begun the process.
But don't overlook the other signing. Chance Warmack could be an impact player as well.
When Warmack played at the University of Alabama, he was a dominant force. At 6-foot-2 and 325 pounds, he was the best guard in college football and it wasn't even close. I had him graded highest -- 9.53 on a 10-point scale -- among all offensive linemen in the 2013 draft. That included three tackles -- Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson -- who were among the top four picks overall.
Guards are seldom drafted high but Warmack was. He was selected 10th by Tennessee and, to be frank, his four seasons with the Titans were disappointing. Perhaps it was moving from left guard, where he excelled in college, to right guard in the NFL. But when I saw him with the Titans he didn't look like the same player. Maybe it was the system, maybe he was slow adjusting to the pro game. Whatever, he wasn't the same confident mauler I saw at Alabama.
But there is reason to believe Warmack can recapture his old form with the Eagles. That's because Jeff Stoutland is the Eagles' offensive line coach and if anyone knows Warmack's strengths it is Stoutland, an excellent teacher who coached the O-line at Alabama. My guess is since the Eagles have Brandon Brooks at right guard, they will move Warmack to left guard, his natural position, and hope that by reuniting him with his former college coach it will unlock his potential.
When Warmack was at Alabama, I spoke to a long-time fan of the Crimson Tide. He said, "Chance Warmack is the best lineman we've had here since John Hannah." Hannah, you'll recall, was a 10-time All-Pro with the New England Patriots. Sports Illustrated once put him on the cover with the title "The Best Offensive Lineman of All-Time." Guards rarely achieve such acclaim but Hannah did. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1991.
That's not to say Warmack's career will follow the same trajectory. It certainly didn't in Tennessee. But it is clear he needed a change and it would seem the Eagles represent a great opportunity for a 25-year-old lineman with such a formidable skill set.
I went back to my 2013 scouting report on Warmack and reviewed my notes.
Thick build, natural power...
Dominates at the point of attack...
Strong base, heavyweight punch...
Can pull and block on the second level...
Surprisingly agile for a big man...
I had 25 pluses in all and only a few negatives, most of them the nit-picking variety. I noted Warmack seemed to tire late in warm weather games so I thought he might need to work harder on conditioning. He was fooled every so often on a line stunt or delayed blitz but mostly it was correctable stuff. Everything else on his college tape was impressive.
To me, several things stood out. One, he finished plays. He didn't just screen off defenders; he put them on the ground. He kept his hands inside, not extended so he was rarely penalized. It was an indication of a well-coached player, something that reflects on Stoutland as well. Warmack was never on the ground. He was always on his feet. He wasn't lunging or diving at shoetops. He had great balance and moved better than his 40-yard dash time (5.49) would suggest.
Signing Warmack one year after signing Brooks indicates a new philosophy for the Eagles' offense. This coaching staff wants more power up front. By retaining Jason Peters (330 pounds), signing Brooks (335) and Warmack (325) to go along with Lane Johnson (320), the Eagles are clearly going to a more physical O-line which raises the question of how soon will center Jason Kelce be giving way to Isaac Seumalo? (My guess is pretty soon.)
For a while now the Eagles have struggled in short yardage. Their O-line couldn't knock the other team off the ball. Adding muscle in the trenches is the quickest way to rectify that.
This was the final entry in my 2013 scouting report on Chance Warmack: Has Pro Bowl tools.
We'll see now if that's still true.