Enjoy the moment at hand. Embrace the passion present. In one moment, it could all vanish.
For Leonard Weaver, September 12th, 2010 hosted that moment.
Weaver sat grueling in pain on the Linc. turf. Three years later, the fullback officially retired.
“I think the fans gave me a lot of love not even knowing what I did on the field, not seeing what I had done yet and really just going off of the year I had before in Seattle where I really wasn’t known. Philly fans, they’re known as the blue-collar fans. They work hard. They’re gritty. They’re going to talk bad about you. They’re going to tell you to your face what time it is. At the same time, they’re going to get it done.”
Thought he only played 17 games in midnight green, Weaver leaves without regret: “I’ve accomplished a lot as a football player. I was the highest-paid fullback thanks to the Eagles organization. Also going to the Pro Bowl, going to the Super Bowl in 2005, I’m very happy with it and I don’t have any regrets.”
Weaver was the modern-day “Renaissance man.” He presented skill on the field, in the locker room, and in the community, GM Howie Rosenan acknowledged, “When you’re scouting players, you’re looking for players like Leonard. He was a rare commodity for us and then off the field, the way that he was a role model for our younger players and how he acted in the community. We’re honored that he chose to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle and we wanted to welcome him back here today.”
Here’s to a great player, citizen, and hero. No matter the case, number 43 will always line up behind the Eagle Quarterback. God bless, Leonard Weaver.