It’s every football player’s dream to reach the Super Bowl. In his sixth pro season, Najee Goode has finally made it to football’s biggest stage.
“It’s crazy to be in this position,” said Goode, a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. “It’s been a long haul, but you know, this is what you play for.”
Goode is living this dream with a few “brothers” who also wore gold and blue during their college days. Four former Mountaineers will play for the Eagles in Super Bowl LII against New England.
Wendell Smallwood, Rasul Douglas and Shelton Gibson will join Goode in representing the Mountain State in Minneapolis.
While Douglas and Gibson have reached pro football’s pinnacle in their first season in the league, both Goode and Smallwood have had to wait a little longer.
“It’s just amazing, like a dream come true,” said Smallwood. “I’ve only been playing two years, and this is happening. I’m here. I’m in the Super Bowl. I’m on a winning team.”
These former Mountaineers have looked out for each other while playing for the Eagles, with the more experienced Goode and Smallwood taking the role of mentor for Douglas and Gibson.
“We’ve just grown on each other, and we’ve helped each other,” said Smallwood. “Since I came in the building, Najee had me, and since Rasul and Shelton came in the building, we’ve had them. You know that Mountaineer experience, man. Mountaineers, we’ve got a different way of showing love.”
The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, but these four Mountaineers hope they can help their team make history.
“It would mean the world to me,” said Smallwood. “I don’t know the feeling I’m going to get, but I’m almost sure it’s going to be the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.”