Philadelphia Eagles DeVonta Smith Breaks 76ers’ Hearts, Says He Still Roots for Celtics

Published 05/05/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against Ohio State Buckeyes safety Marcus Hooker (23) in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia Eagles made one of the biggest moves in the NFL Draft. On Draft day, the Eagles traded up from the 12th overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys along with their 84th overall pick to move into the Top-10.

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With the 10th overall pick, the Eagles selected Alabama wide receiver and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. It was a shrewd move from the Eagles, who desperately needed support at the wide receiver spot.

However, DeVonta Smith hasn’t done much to endear himself to the natives of Philadelphia. In a recent interview, a reporter asked Smith whether he was a Boston Celtics fan. Smith confirmed that he was a fan of the historic franchise.

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Given the nature of the rivalry between the Celtics and the 76ers, he was asked whether he would switch allegiances and root for the 76ers. Smith retorted, “You can for sure get me to the game, but convert me? I don’t know about that one.” 

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Naturally, this was quite upsetting for Philadelphia fans. Some even jokingly remarked that his run with the Eagles was fun while it lasted. If nothing else, Smith will see how passionate Philadelphia fans are about their franchise.

And by not supporting their basketball team, he has landed a harsh blow. But if Smith is able to live up to the potential that he has shown glimpses of, all will soon be forgiven.

DeVonta Smith could be a star in Philly

Smith was one of the most in-demand stars in the NFL Draft. Despite winning the Heisman Trophy for 2020, Smith fell down the pecking order because of the teams in the Top-10 of the Draft, and their separate demands.

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However, the Eagles desperately needed a wide receiver. Despite teams not needing him, few franchises let a Heismann Trophy winner fall out of the Top-10.

Jan 1, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) dives over a tackle attempt by Notre Dame safety Shaun Crawford (20) for a touchdown Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 in the College Football Playoff Semifinal hosted by the Rose Bowl in AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

Up stepped Philadelphia Eagles. They traded up to bring in DeVonta Smith to the franchise. Smith was the perfect player for the Eagles, as they desperately needed a wide receiver heading into the new season. Furthermore, he adds an element of speed to the Eagles that they are yet to experience.

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Will DeVonta find success in Philadelphia Eagles? He will have a good opportunity, slotting into the offensive line immediately. Furthermore, he will have a quarterback in Jalen Hurts who has great potential, and the two could form a great tandem together.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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