Former Eagles legend Jon Runyan drives an Uber, and no it’s not for the money

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Dec 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles mascot swoop waves a flag before action against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Former Eagles tackle Jon Runyan has been spotted as an Uber driver in the Philadelphia area. Although he reportedly doesn’t do it for the income, Runyan nevertheless may be your next Uber driver if you’re lucky.


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Jon Runyan, Uber driver

Contrary to how it may seem, Jon Runyan does not serve as a Philly-based Uber driver for the money. The Eagles legend played 14 seasons in the NFL, nine of which found Runyan in an Eagles jersey. During his professional football career, Runyan netted over $40 million.

The 2002 Pro Bowler achieved a remarkable 190 consecutive regular season game starts. During a 2007 match against the Dallas Cowboys, it was Runyan who told running back Brian Westbrook to take a knee on the one-yard line instead of scoring to prevent Dallas from getting the ball back. Despite his many accolades, it’s the smaller plays like that which solidify his legacy and provide testament to his football intelligence.

After retiting from football, Runyan remained active in the sports realm on television and radion. Additionally, he was a two-term New Jersey U.S. Representative. For 2017, Runyan is about to begin his sophomore term as the NFL’s VP of Policy and Rules administration. Instead of for profit, Runyan drives an Uber because he gets bored, as he explained to the Philly Voice.

Apparently, Runyan has no horror stories from his Ubering thus far. Granted, he’s only driven about seven to 10 times. A few riders and Eagles fans have recognized Runyan. But he’s yet to experience trash talk from opposing fans.

Aside from clarifying his motivations for working as an Uber contractor, Runyan weighed in on the current Eagles team. While he admits that it’s just preseason, and tough to draw conclusions, he revealed that he believes the current squad is the strongest it’s been in years. Considering Runyan’s tenure in the NFL and specifically with Philly, that’s high praise and bodes well for the season.

Next time you’re in Philly, hope that Runyan has nothing to do. If he’s sitting around with no plans, he could be your next Uber driver.

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