Jay Ajayi takes on the Super Bowl

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Boise State’s former running back Jay Ajayi is set to play in Super Bowl LII. The Eagles and Ajayi are now only days away from the biggest game of the year. Super Bowl LII is being hosted in the U.S. Bank Stadium where the Eagles will face five-time super bowl winner Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Super Bowl LII is the Eagles’ first Super Bowl appearance since 2004, when the Patriots outplayed them 24-21. The Eagles finished the season with the third most rushing yards in the NFL. The Eagles’ versatile backfield, which includes Ajayi and Legarrette Blount, should be a big advantage against the Patriots run defense, which ranked 20th overall.

“I think I speak for all of Boise State Athletics when I say we couldn’t be more proud of Jay (Ajayi) and what he has accomplished following his Boise State career,” said Boise State Associate Athletic Director Joe Nickell. “He was an amazing player while a Bronco, and it is not surprising to see the success that he is having in the NFL. We wish him the best of luck in the Super Bowl,”

Just months after Ajayi was traded to Philadelphia, he was competing in the NFC championship game for a berth in Super Bowl LII The Minnesota Vikings possessed the league’s top defense. The Eagles had Ajayi handle more than half of their rushes; he finished with 73 yards with his longest rush being 16. Ajayi also led the team with 99 yards from scrimmage. Ajayi’s big performance helped the Eagles earn a spot in the Super Bowl, shutting out the Vikings 38-7.

“No one counted on us, We were the number one seed in our own house. We demanded the respect, and we earned it on the scoreboard tonight,” said Ajayi after the Eagles won the NFC championship.

Along with Ajayi, there is one other former Bronco who will be a part of Super Bowl LII; the New England Patriots Linebacker Shea McClellin. McClellin’s road to the Super Bowl was much different than Ajayi’s. McClellin was on the Patriots’ injured reserve for all of the 2017 season. As of right now, McClellin is not active for the Super Bowl.

Bronco nation can revel in knowing Ajayi has been named the Philadelphia Eagles starting running back after having a good postseason. While at the the time Miami trading Ajayi to the Eagles seemed baffling, it turned out to be a blessing for not only Ajayi, but also for Bronco fans.

“Boise State football fans take a lot of pride when Broncos go pro, especially when it’s a player with high visibility, like a running back, quarterback or wide receiver. Quintin Mikell and Daryn Colledge were ex-Broncos who  did really good things in the NFL and both played for a long time,” said Boise State’s Dr. Mary E. Rohlfing. Ajayi, though, might be the flashiest ex-Bronco yet. You’re very likely to see him make some plays that are going to keep the Eagles in the game or even change it their way. And you get to say you saw this player develop from a kid to an adult and from a guy who sometimes was too confident and fumbled more than he needed to into a player who reliably found yards and hung on to the ball make it not just to the pros, but to the biggest game of all. How do you not feel some excitement about that and not take some pride in being a Broncos fan right now?”

Ajayi and the Eagles face the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. At 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.


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