The arrival of prized free agent, Nnamdi Asomugha, came to reality when the Pro Bowl cornerback stepped to the table under the media tent at Lehigh University Sunday morning.
In the midst of the free agent frenzy, thoughts have been conjured up of a defensive back trio in the recent Eagles past that helped start the current success of this organization.
Vincent, Bobby Taylor and Al Harris were three cornerbacks that helped build what would eventually become nine playoff appearances in the last eleven seasons for this organization.
Listening to Asomugha speak for the first time as an Eagle was reminiscent of Vincent's matter of fact tone. Asomugha spoke with authority without the use of grandiose hyperbole.
Vincent was a leader in the Philadelphia defense for many years in the early 2000's. Statesman-like, Vincent was always calculated in his responses to the media following victory or defeat.
Asomugha carries himself in a manner similar to Vincent in that he appears—pardon the cliche—to "get it."
Off the field, Vincent devoted his time to making sure players, past, present and future were able to make sound financial decisions when their playing careers were over. Vincent was a driving force behind the foundation of the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, which has educated NFL players about the benefits of investing and managing money.
Similarly, Asomugha has a passion of his own that doesn't involve shutting down receivers.
The son of Nigerian immigrants, Asomugha is renowned for his charity work in Nigeria, which contributing to him being named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2011.
Based on first impressions, Asomugha is the leader this defense needs. The Eagles have had great defensive leaders in addition to Vincent, such as Brian Dawkins.
Asomugha has the talents of Dawkins and the football IQ of Vincent, which could enable him to become one of the greatest defensive leaders this franchise has ever seen.
While most fans are giddy over how great this Eagles' athletic ability could be, I look at that man Philadelphia acquired and see the character that built him into the respected player that he is around the league.
This signing is not only a great football move, but an extraordinary character move as well.
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