Lyons alumnus kick-starts NFL career as Philadelphia Eagle
It was a record-setting Sunday for Lyons Township High School alumnus Jake Elliott.
The rookie NFL kicker who graduated from the University of Memphis nailed a 61-yard field goal as time expired to seal a victory for the Philadelphia Eagles over the rival New York Giants. It was the longest field goal in Eagles history, in Philadelphia history and by a rookie.
A video posted to Twitter by the Eagles shows Elliott's parents reacting.
Elliott was drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals but cut on Sept. 2. The Eagles picked him up after an injury to Caleb Sturgis, and he made his debut for Philadelphia in week 2 of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In high school, Elliott joined the Lyons football team his junior year and was named first-team all-state. In his senior year, he was named second-team kicker on Kohl’s All-American list and made 15 of his 21 field goal attempts. In college he hit a 54-yard field goal in the Miami Beach Bowl, which was the fourth-longest in bowl game history.
Elliott is a native of Western Springs.