There are lots of reasons to tune into the Super Bowl: the commercials … the halftime show … and I hear a few people might even watch to find out who wins the game itself.
Here’s one more thing to watch for: Keep your eye on the team that has “Eagles” in its name, because it’s got two Eagle Scouts on its roster.
Philadelphia’s Landon Dickerson, a 6-foot-6, 332-pound offensive lineman from Hudson, N.C.; and Britain Covey, a 5-foot-8, 173-pound wide receiver from Provo, Utah; both earned the highest youth rank in the Scouts BSA program.
Dickerson earned his Eagle in 2016 as a member of Piedmont Council Troop 250 in Hickory, N.C. Covey earned the rank in 2015 as a member of Utah National Parks (now Crossroads of the West) Council Troop 761 in Utah.
This Sunday, both will be on the field for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
More on Dickerson …
We first heard about Dickerson back in 2016, when he said on live TV that he was going to delay his college enrollment so he could work on his Eagle Scout service project.
Many of the best high school players in the country graduate in December of their senior year so they can enroll in college in January and participate in spring practice at college a couple of months later. That, presumably, would put them ahead of the high school players who graduate in the spring – therefore missing spring practice at their college – and waiting until summer or fall to enroll.
Dickerson had the grades to graduate from South Caldwell High School in December, but he had one thing left to accomplish. For his Eagle Scout service project, he built and installed park benches at a local recreation center.
Putting off college for one semester didn’t hurt. He excelled at Florida State for two seasons (he missed most of his junior year due to an ankle injury), earned his undergraduate degree, then transferred to Alabama for his final two seasons of eligibility.
In 2020, he helped the Crimson Tide win the national championship, then was drafted in the second round by the Eagles.
More on Covey …
Covey played quarterback in high school, but college scouts were so impressed by his overall athletic ability that he earned a scholarship to the University of Utah as a wide receiver. He excelled as a freshman in 2015, then missed two seasons in a row while he completed his LDS mission in Chile.
When he returned, he picked up right where he left off, ultimately leading Utah to the Rose Bowl, where the Utes lost a hard-fought battle to national power Ohio State. Covey set the Utah team record for most career punt return yards, finished second in career receptions and third in all-purpose yards.
All of that, however, was not enough to impress NFL scouts. Draft day came and went without Covey’s name being called. He signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent, was actually cut from the team the following August, then re-signed to join the practice squad, only to be later elevated to the active roster, where he has remained to this day.
Covey’s grandfather is Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, one of the most popular self-help books of all time.
Once an Eagle, always an Eagle
In addition to excelling on the field, both players, not surprisingly, also put in tons of work for their community off it.
Dickerson once organized a fundraiser to benefit a firefighter and father of four who had been diagnosed with lung cancer, the result of breathing in toxins while on the job.
Covey uses his platform to raise awareness for Bridle Up Hope, a foundation with the purpose of helping women through the sport of horseback riding who have struggled with depression. The organization was created in memory of one of Covey’s cousins, a passionate rider who died after a bout with depression.
Dickerson has missed some practice time recently with an injured elbow. The Eagles are hopeful he will be healthy enough to play in the Super Bowl.
Covey is expected to be the Eagles’ primary punt returner. He has returned 33 punts for 308 total yards this season. He’s also returned 10 kickoffs for 206 yards.