Long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, who played for the Eagles for 11 seasons, was traded to the New Orleans Saints in August. The physical required for the trade revealed an aortic aneurysm that required immediate surgery and ended Dorenbos’ football career at age 37.
Dorenbos said he looks at the trade as divine intervention.
“Had I played, I’d die. If you can’t play in it, this is the next best way to enjoy it,” Dorenbos told The New Orleans Advocate.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has a great amount of respect for Dorenbos so he invited him to come to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
“Mr. Lurie called me and said he wants me to be a part of it, said I was here a long time and he said, ‘We’re going to win this, and you’re going to get a ring.'”
In 2016, Dorenbos spent the NFL offseason performing magic on America’s Got Talent. Watch his performances below.