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Cape Coral High School Graduate Wins Super Bowl

He’s on top of the world right now, but Philadelphia Eagles defensive back and Cape Coral High School graduate, Jaylen Watkins worked hard to get there.

A Cape Coral High School graduate just won the Super Bowl.

Jaylen Watkins is a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles. In case you didn’t notice, his team beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52.

After the big win, Jaylen Tweeted, “Philly… we love you!!”

A News-Press article mentioned there are six players from Southwest Florida that have won Super Bowls. That’s a list that included Deion Sanders. That’s some company right there.

But here’s what’s even cooler – Jaylen had to be resilient to have this special moment. After Philadelphia drafted Jaylen in the fourth round in 2014, they released him in 2015.

At the time, Jaylen said, “That was a shock. I’m not gonna lie.”

He said, “This is a business. You can’t take anything for granted. A fourth round pick and I was released the next year. Yeah, that opened my eyes.”

And he meant that part about his eyes opening. Cause Jaylen continued to work and he worked hard as a member of the Buffalo Bills practice squad in 2015. Hard enough that soon after, he got another opportunity and was resigned by, of all teams, the Eagles.

And now look at him — A Super Bowl Champion from Cape Coral High School.

How sweet is that?

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