Delaware Native Comes Home To The Eagles

Ed Benkin
April 04, 2018 - 10:23 pm
Aug 31, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions middle linebacker Paul Worrilow (58) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Paul Worrilow was at Lincoln Financial Field in January for the Eagles Divisional Playoff game against Atlanta. The linebacker told his wife he was hoping to make a habit out of trips to the Linc.

"I remember driving up," said Worrilow.  "I remember telling my wife that I hope this is my drive to work next year."

Worrilow's wish has come true as the Delaware native agreed to a one-year deal with the Eagles. Worrilow had always hoped he would one day end up with the team he grew up watching.  After stints in Atlanta and Detroit, the opportunity to return to the Delaware Valley arrived for Worrilow.  In addition to playing for his hometown team, Worrilow has a chance to join the defending Super Bowl champions.

"They had a great year last year," Worrilow said. "This is a talented team. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this? Growing up 20 minutes away, I know how important it is for the Eagles to win.  That's something I want to be a part of."

Worrilow was part of a Super Bowl team in Atlanta two seasons ago. He spent his first four years in the NFL with the Falcons after being signed as an undrafted free agent.  Worrilow moved on to Detroit last year, but his season was hampered by a knee injury. The linebacker says he is now at full strength and is willing to play whatever role is asked of him this season.

"I've started and I've played inside and outside," said Worrilow. "I think the versatility will be in my favor just trying to find a role. I'm just concerned with coming in and trying to fit in and learn as much as I can."

Worrilow grew up in Wilmington and attended Concord High School. He played his college football at the University of Delaware and was part of a Blue Hens squad which reached the FCS title game in 2010.  Worrilow showed off his Delaware pride in his first meeting with the local media and said he has been bombarded with well wishes from the First State.

"Delaware people love to see Delaware people thrive and shine in the spotlight," Worrilow said. "That's real special. It's something I don't take for granted. When it got out that I was going to play for the Eagles, the amount of love and texts I got from people was humbling."

If Worrilow is able to enjoy a healthy 2018 season, he could emerge as a key contributor to the Eagles Defense. The linebacking position has been heavily addressed in the off-season by General Manager Howie Roseman and Worrilow will be fighting for playing time with a host of returning players and newcomers. While much of the playing time and positioning will be decided in training camp, the Delaware product is happy to be home.  

"Philly was the place I wanted to get to," said Worrilow. "After 2016 before I signed with Detroit, there was interest from Philly. This is where I wanted to be the whole time."