Despite retirement, former UTEP, NFL player receives Eagles Super Bowl ring

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For many professional athletes, getting traded to another team can be difficult.

But, for former UTEP football standout Jon Dorenbos, the transaction literally saved his life.

Dorenbos, 37, played for the Miners from 2000-2002, and spent 11 seasons as a long-snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the New Orleans Saints last year.

Just one week after he signed, it was discovered during a team physical that the Humble, Texas native needed an emergency heart surgery due to an aortic aneurysm.

He was then forced to retire.

Although he wasn’t a part of the Super Bowl-winning team last year, the Eagles still wanted Dorenbos to join in on the celebration by giving him his own Super Bowl ring on Thursday.

 “I was here a long time, so it’s really cool they did this,” Dorenbos said. “I’m honored to say that the Eagles have given me a Super Bowl ring.”

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