Fletcher Cox Credits Mississippi Roots For Football Career

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Super Bowl champion Fletcher Cox says he credits his Mississippi upbringing and schooling for his successful football career.

The Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle appeared Friday at the Mississippi Capitol, where he signed autographs, posed for photos and spoke to lawmakers.

In a speech periodically interrupted by cheers, the 27-year-old told state House members that his football coaches at Yazoo City High School and Mississippi State University helped to pave his way toward an award-winning career.

Cox began playing football when he was 13 and played three seasons at Mississippi State University. He was drafted to the NFL at 20 and has played six seasons with the Eagles.

The Eagles won their first Super Bowl championship 41-33 against the New England Patriots on Feb. 4.

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