Giants sign Glassboro, Eagles star

by Marc Narducci | May 17, 2021
Giants sign Glassboro, Eagles star Former Glassboro High star and ex-Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl hero Corey Clement is looking to revive his NFL career. During the weekend, he participated in a tryout with the New York Giants and then signed a free agent deal.

Clement, 26, should be entering his prime, but injuries have stalled his career.

Following a dominating career at Glassboro, Clement attended Wisconsin University, a place where South Jersey products have fared well. The most noted former South Jersey star at Wisconsin was Ron Dayne of Overbrook, who ended up winning the Heisman Trophy for the Badgers.

As for Clement, he had to patiently wait his turn at Wisconsin. While he played a lot in his first three years, he became the main ballcarrier as a senior, where he rushed for 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Despite having a dominant season in the Big 10, among the top conferences in college football, Clement was not drafted.

He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Eagles and was one of GM Howie Roseman’s most shrewd signings.

During the regular season Clement rushed for 321 yards (4.3 avg.) and four touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

In addition, he was a key special teams performer.

Yet Clement took it up a gear in the postseason.

In the postseason he saved his best professional performance for the most opportune time, the Super Bowl.

In the Eagles' 41-33 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, Clement was a major receiving threat. He caught four passes for 100 yards, including a 22-yard third quarter touchdown reception from Nick Foles that increased the Eagles lead to 29-19.

He also rushed three times for eight yards and had a 25-yard kickoff return.

Clement was also part of one of the most famous plays in Eagles history: the Philly Special.

Late in the first half, the Eagles had a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Eagles hiked the ball to Clement instead of Foles. Clement lateraled to tight end Trey Burton, who found a wide open Foles in the end zone for a 1-yard scoring pass, increasing the Eagles lead to 22-12 with 34 seconds left in the first half.

So Clement was involved in two of the biggest plays in Eagles history.

The Eagles would make the playoffs each of the next two years, but Clement was on injured reserve both seasons.

He was never able to duplicate what he had accomplished his first season and after four years with the Eagles, he is on to his next NFL journey.

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Author: Marc Narducci

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