Sopoaga bringing energy to Eagles defense
PHILADELPHIA – Isaac Sopoaga thinks leadership is overrated.
The 330-pound nose tackle from American Samoa makes a pretty compelling argument when he’s not clowning around spelling out the Eagles cheer or watching Rocky motion picture reruns, particularly Rocky IV (the idea of good triumphing over evil against all odds on the road almost tears him up).
Eleven players sacrificing to be one, that’s where Sopoaga is coming from.
“I am not trying to be like a leader,” Sopoaga said. “I’m just looking after my guys. I’m just being about taking care of my guys because I want to win and of course my guys want to win, our coach wants to win and our team wants to win. So that’s what I’m doing.
“If all 11 guys work together one play at a time it will be something sweet.”
With Sopoaga in the middle, the San Francisco 49ers worked it one play at a time while the offense did its thing all the way to Super Bowl 47. The season ended in a crushing 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.
The 49ers couldn’t keep everyone from that team, and Sopoaga was a natural fit for the Eagles, who are transitioning to a 3-4 defense.
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