that’s a tribute to you, Eagles fans.
38 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE I made the Pro Bowl three times in my
career and they all came after I arrived in
Philadelphia. Coach Fipp was able to show
me things as a punt returner that helped me
get to the Pro Bowl and I thank him for that.
Malcolm, we came together from New
Orleans, and you never changed. You are
amazing as a player, but you’re an even
better person, and I thank you for everything
you’ve done for me.
Looking back on my career, I think about the
time I stood on the stage inside the RCA Dome
getting measured for coaches and scouts at
the 2005 NFL Scouting Combine. When my
height and weight were announced, I could
hear laughing from the audience. I’ve always
been short, it’s not the first time I’ve been
made fun of for it, but I started worrying that
I might not get picked because of my size. I
just needed one team to take a chance on
me and I’m thankful for the Chargers.
I’m proud that I was able to prove my
doubters wrong. They told me that I wouldn’t
make it past a year in the NFL. Fifteen years
later, I’m fifth all time in NFL history in career
all-purpose yards. Look at the names who
are above me on that list: Jerry Rice, Brian
Mitchell, Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith. To
be part of such an outstanding group is an
incredible honor. But it also goes to show
that no matter what people say about you,
you can still achieve great things if you
believe in yourself and put in the work.
My mother, Annette, passed away on April
25, 2004. I think about her and miss her
every day. She always told me two things:
Remain humble, and always stay true to
yourself. I’ve carried those words with me
to this day. I know she’s looking down on
me and I hope she is proud of what I’ve
My father, Larry, taught me how to have
self-confidence. Thank you, dad, for being
there for me as well as pushing me to be my
best. You taught me that size doesn’t mean
anything, that I’ve got to work harder than
the next person.
To Coach Gene Wier, who guided me at
Olathe North High School, I learned to
practice hard because of you. Thank you.
Every time you touched the ball in practice,
you scored, and that’s what I’ve been doing
ever since. That’s the way that we practiced.
That’s just the way I work. To me, there’s no
such thing as a “walkthrough.”
Lastly, to my wife, Michel, you are my rock.
You mean the world to me. You’ve always
had my back. Thank you. Thank you for
holding down the fort at home while I was
playing or practicing or watching film. You let
me focus on football while you took care of
everything at home.