The Philadelphia Eagles had never won a Super Bowl in their entire history. But that changed on Sunday night, and a former Vol was a big reason why.
Derek Barnett, the Vols’ career sack leader, came up with a huge fumble recovery with just over two minutes to go in the fourth quarter as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were trying to orchestrate a game-winning drive. Brady dropped back to pass, got pressured, and the ball came loose.
And Derek Barnett was there to recover it.
Tennessee’s career sack leader with the HUGE fumble recovery in the 4th quarter in the Super Bowl.
Derek Barnett, ladies and gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/pca3j3v3qF
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) February 5, 2018
The former Vol made a big play in the NFC Championship game to help the Eagles make it to the Super Bowl. And he stepped up big time on the biggest stage on Sunday.
The Eagles would end scoring a field goal after taking over after Barnett’s fumble recovery, pushing their lead to 41-33. Brady and the Patriots would get the ball back with a minute and ten seconds to go, but they couldn’t convert a last minute Hail Mary as time expired.
Philadelphia won 41-33, preventing the Patriots from winning their second straight Super Bowl. And the Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. And Barnett came up big in one of the most crucial moments of the game to help the Eagles prevail.
Barnett earns a Super Bowl ring in just his first season in the NFL. The Eagles’ victory marks the ninth consecutive Super Bowl in which a former Vol was on the winning roster.