To be named a captain is a true blessing for me… never been a vocal or motivational guy. I was always taught to lead by example. An if u kno me I’m a guy that plays an jokes around a lot😂 an for guys to see past all of that I thank ya an I will wear that C on my chest honor!!!
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) September 1, 2022
Being named a captain is one of the highest honors you can earn while playing team sports, and the honor humbled the Eagles’ most talkative player on Thursday.
Darius Slay was named one of Philadelphia’s seven team captains on Thursday, the first time he’s been voted among the leaders in his accomplished career.
While addressing the media after practice, quarterback Jalen Hurts admitted that the usually playful Slay was emotional and had to hold back tears when discussing the honor.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 1, 2022
Slay turned 31 in January and made his fourth Pro Bowl in 2021 after starting 16 games, logging three interceptions, scoring three total touchdowns with nine pass breakups.
His attitude is always upbeat, he’s the consummate leader, and his teammates in Philadelphia have rallied around the confident, trash-talking, shutdown cornerback.