Eagles hire multiple former players into front office

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When many NFL players retire from the game, they like to leave football behind and find new things to do with their lives. That’s not the case for former Philadelphia Eagles players Darren Sproles, Brent Celek and Connor Barwin. They are now three of the newest members in the Eagles’ front office.

The Eagles announced the hirings of Celek, Sproles and Barwin as part of their six newest additions to the football operations department. Celek and Sproles will work as personnel consultants, while Barwin will work alongside general manager Howie Roseman as a special assistant.

Sproles retired following the 2019 season after an incredible 15-year career. A three-time All-Pro, the 36-year-old began his career with the San Diego Chargers and also spent time with the New Orleans Saints. After joining the Eagles in 2014, Sproles won a Super Bowl ring with the team in 2017.

Celek spent his entire NFL career in Philadelphia. After being drafted with a fifth-round pick in 2007, the 6-foot-4 tight end became a staple in Philadelphia’s offense. He retired following the 2017 season and finished with 4,998 receiving yards, 31 touchdowns and a Super Bowl ring.

While Barwin’s career began with the Houston Texans, his best season came with the Eagles in 2014. The 33-year-old played 10 seasons in the NFL and recorded 56.5 sacks in his career.

The Eagles also hired Tom Hunkele as director of sports medicine, Ted Rath as director of sports performance and Jeremiah Washburn as director of player personnel and as a senior defensive assistant.