Jay Ajayi aka Jay Train described winning the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles as “the greatest feeling in the world”. The 24-year-old played his part in his team’s maiden Super Bowl victory with 57 rushing yards as the Eagles upset the favourites New England Patriots 41-33 in Minnesota and denied them a third ring in four years and a sixth title in 17 seasons.
Ajayi was born in Homerton Hospital, Hackney in East London and still supports Arsenal, but moved to Maryland in the United States with his family when he was seven in 2000. His proud dad, Ibi, and mum were thrilled to get their hands on the trophy in Minnesota.
His mum aka Mama Train joined in the post match interview saying “I’m very, very, very proud that he is a Super Bowl champion. That is awesome”.
Ajayi said after the win that “God always has a plan. You never really know at the start of the journey how the road is gonna be, but the final destination was to be a Super Bowl champion.” Ajayi, whose dad worked in IT, grew up in Manor Park, East London and was drafted as a running back for the Miami Dolphins in a contract that is believed to have been worth more than $2m from Boise State College in 2015.
Things didn’t work out at the Dolphins and Ajayi was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on the last day of the National Football League (NFL) window for player switches in October last year. From being rejected by the Dolphins to contributing to the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory, Ajayi was fulfilling God’s plan for him in remarkable fashion.
The Eagles also had Nigerian wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who finished with 84 receiving yards last night. Agholor was born in Lagos 24 years ago and moved to the US when he was five.
Agholor said after the win: “When the confetti fell, I told myself, ‘We earned it. We earned this moment. We earned this opportunity, and it is going to take a similar or greater focus and sacrifices to get back here next year.’”