Philadelphia Eagles’ Jay Ajayi on brink of Super Bowl dream a year after walking out during Houston showpiece

JAY AJAYI walked out of final year’s Super Bowl in despair — now the Brit is inside one victory of attaining his dream

The Philadelphia Eagles operating again watched final year’s dramatic showpiece from the stands, apprehensive that he would by no means get the prospect to land the game’s largest prize.

 Jay Ajayi is finally realising his Super Bowl dream

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Jay Ajayi is lastly realising his Super Bowl dream

British-born Ajayi was then with the lowly Miami Dolphins and solely attended the New England Patriots’ dramatic comeback towards the Atlanta Falcons in an ambassadorial position for NFL UK.

He defined: “I used to be on the recreation up till the third-quarter however I acquired fed up as a result of I couldn’t take the very fact I used to be watching the Super Bowl and wasn’t enjoying in it.

“On the time, being on the Dolphins and watching the Patriots, it was actually uncomfortable for me so I left early. I promised myself I wouldn’t return to the Super Bowl until I used to be enjoying.

“I’m glad the whole lot labored out and this year, as an alternative of shaking palms and doing evaluation, I’m enjoying. That is a dream come true — it’s loopy how issues occur.”

 The Brit will be playing for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night

The Brit can be enjoying for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night time

Ajayi swapped Miami for Philadelphia in October and shed tears after the Eagles thrashed Minnesota 38-7 to succeed in tonight’s showdown towards the Patriots.

He admitted: “It was the realisation of the chance of enjoying within the Super Bowl, the large stage, one thing that any child that’s grown up loving the sport has dreamt about.”

Ajayi was born in London to Nigerian mother and father earlier than the household   moved to the USA in 2000 when he was aged simply seven.

A powerful profession in school soccer noticed him seize 50 touchdowns in three years at Boise State College, which led him to being chosen within the fifth spherical of the 2015 NFL Draft by Miami Dolphins.

 Ajayi walked out of the final last year because he wanted to be playing

Ajayi walked out of the ultimate final year as a result of he needed to be enjoying

Ajayi’s rookie year began late on account of damage and he even missed the prospect to play at Wembley when the Dolphins came to visit to take on the New York Jets.

However he burst on to the scene final season and emerged as one of the main operating-backs within the league, serving to Miami attain the play-offs.

He turned simply the fourth participant in historical past to have again-to-again 200-yard dashing video games. However that made it all of the extra shocking when Miami traded him to Philadelphia for simply a fourth-spherical draft decide halfway via the season.

Ajayi had simply seen his struggling Dolphins blown out 20-zero by the New Orleans Saints at Wembley in entrance of his house UK followers.

Having been the cornerstone of the Miami offense for 12 months, Ajayi was now pressured to battle his method into an Eagles workforce that was already flying.

 The Eagles are going up against reigning champs New England Patriots

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The Eagles are going up towards reigning champs New England Patriots

He stated: “I believed I used to be in a place the place I might succeed.

“From the second I received traded I understood that the Eagles have been a contender, in order that was thrilling for me.

“I got here from a workforce the place we weren’t performing nicely to a workforce that was profitable, had a nice locker room, a brotherhood and I felt welcomed and appreciated.

“I used to be capable of take a breath and recollect and perceive each- factor that went on.

“I used to be grateful of the place I ended up. It was actually about getting right here and doing what I might with my capability to assist this group. For the whole lot to return true it’s a blessing however it’s not nearly making it — we need to win.”

 Ajayi is hoping to do the UK proud by leading the Eagles to victory

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Ajayi is hoping to do the UK proud by main the Eagles to victory

Ajayi may have his very personal British contingent cheering him on on the US Financial institution Stadium, together with relations who’re nonetheless  studying the game’s complicated guidelines.

He added: “I’ll have about 15 individuals come to the sport in order that might be enjoyable for my household to expertise that.

“They’ve been following my profession since I acquired into the NFL.

“They’ve gone to a few video games and seen me play at Wembley they usually’ve began to get increasingly more into what’s going on.

“They’re getting extra educated and it’s been actually cool to see them proceed to study the sport.

“The help from the UK and London has been superb. Getting tweets and the social media platforms behind me has been nice.

“I take pleasure in being a face for the UK, I take a lot of satisfaction in that.

“I’m excited when my profession goes additional I’ll have the ability to do extra in London to create publicity and consciousness.

JAY AJAYI walked out of final year’s Super Bowl in despair — now the Brit is inside one victory of attaining his dream