Statistic Resume: Played at Defensive Back for Ohio State from 2005-2008, 119 career tackles, 1 career sack, 11 career interceptions, 2 pick sixes, 2008 Thorpe Award Winner, 2008 First Team All American, member of 2005-2008 Big Ten Champion teams.
I was only six and seven years old when I got to watch Malcolm Jenkins suit up for the Buckeyes, so my memory of the standout corner is imperfect. If anything, I thought of Jenkins more along the lines of a legend of the past, a guy I didn’t get attached to personally, but a name that I respected.
But everything changed in 2014, when Malcolm Jenkins (now playing safety rather than corner in the NFL) signed with my Philadelphia Eagles. After being just an average starter in New Orleans, Malcolm became a star in the city of brotherly love. Over the last five years, he’s been selected to three pro bowls, forced an incredible 19 turnovers, and has recorded four pick sixes. Even more impressive than Malcolm’s skill level is his consistency and resilience, being one of only three players to play every single defensive snap for his team last year. Yes, that’s right. Malcolm Jenkins played 1,038 out of 1,038 snaps for the Philadelphia Eagles.
I was excited when I first heard that the Eagles were signing Malcolm. I always loved having former Buckeyes join the Eagles. It didn’t matter the caliber of player, as players like Brian Rolle and Kurt Coleman made me giddy to watch the Birds on Sunday. But unfortunately, their mediocrity at the next level left me disappointed. I wanted to believe that every Ohio State athlete could be a star at the next level, but the truth is that only a handful of players ever succeed at such an extreme level. But Malcolm didn’t let me down. In fact, he exceeded my expectations, and cemented himself as a fan favorite in Philadelphia, someone my non-Buckeye friends in Philly could look up to as well.
The only thing preventing him from further rising the ranks of this list is simply my lack of connection with him prior to his renaissance with the Eagles. I wish I could have paid more attention to him while he dawned the Scarlet and Gray. That’s not to say I never saw him, and truth be told he has one of the greatest college highlight videos ever made.
If I made a list of my favorite Eagles players of all time, I’d have a hard time finding someone who could top Malcolm on the list. But on the more prestigious Buckeye list, he’ll have to settle for number seven. Unless of course, he helps the Eagles win a couple more Super Bowls …