Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Brunson still bleed green in Dallas

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Despite playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson expressed his love for the Philadelphia Eagles and their ‘Goat’ quarterback Donovan McNabb on Instagram.

While Jalen Brunson may earn a living playing professional sports in Dallas, Texas (though thankfully not for the Cowboys), the New Brunswick, New Jersey native still thankfully hasn’t turned to the dark side.

Thank god for that.

Though the exact circumstances of their meeting (and the subsequent picture) is very much a blur, Brunson had some very kind things to say about ex-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on his Instagram account.

Now I don’t know about you, but Brunson’s gleeful grin looks much more like that of an excited fan than that of a professional peer.

And rightfully so.

The son of ex-Temple basketball great Rick Brunson, who played for eight different NBA teams over nine professional seasons, Jalen is practically South Jersey royalty in the grand scheme of Philadelphia athletics, and through it all, he still tuned in to what the Eagles play during the Andy Reid-years just like the rest of us.

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However, unlike the rest of us (well most of us anyway), Brunson has not only enjoyed all Philly has to offer as a fan but has actually etched his place into the City of Brotherly Love’s storied athletic history as a member of the Villanova Wildcats.

Despite receiving offers from virtually every school in the nation as a five-star recruit, Brunson spent three seasons running the point for Jay Wright‘s squad – winning national championships in two of them.

From there, Brunson decided to forgo his senior season of NCAA eligibility and enter his name for consideration in the 2018 NBA Draft, where he was selected 33rd overall by the Dallas Mavericks.

And unsurprisingly for fans in the 215, Brunson played pretty, pretty, pretty good.

In 73 games of action (38 starts), Brunson 9.3 points and 3.2 assists in 21.8 minutes of action as the team’s backup point guard. Though the Mavs’ did bring in Delon Wright to pair with Luka Doncic in their backcourt for the foreseeable future in 2019, Brunson remains the best pure point guard on the team’s roster and could be in line for a nice play bump going into the second season of his four-year, $6.1 million deal.

Which is good news for Brunson, but bad news for Philly fans who would love to see their hometown hero suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers at some point in the not too distant future.

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While we may have to wait a few more years for Brunson to hit the open market and make his triumphant return to the City of Brotherly Love, it’s nice to know Philly’s favorite son still bleeds green and loves the Philadelphia Eagles over those dastardly Dallas Cowboys.