Philly Native Daryl Worley Returns Home, Finds Familiar Faces
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Born and Raised. North Philadelphia is where Daryl Worley spent most of his days.
Forgive the Will Smith shtick and the literary license that changes West Philly to Broad and Erie and the playground to Penn Charter but Worley now feels like a prince after returning to his hometown to play for the team he idolized growing up.
“I don’t know what gave me more joy, coming back home or first initially getting drafted,” Worley said during his introductory press conference on Monday. “When I first got the news, I didn’t know who to talk to so I called my dad, and he was very ecstatic.”
Acquired from the Carolina Panthers for receiver Torrey Smith at the beginning of the new league year Worley joins a deep cornerback depth chart but one that is also in flux a bit after losing star slot corner Patrick Robinson in free agency to New Orleans.
"Just to be able to come around a great group of guys like that is going to be awesome," Worley assessed. "Being able to come in and compete and just to be able to get after it with guys that are so like-minded and have the same amount of experience as you while at the same time being able to learn from older guys like Malcolm (Jenkins) and other guys that are around, it's going to be awesome."
The familiarity of having family and friends around will certainly help Worley in the transition from Charlotte back to Philly and he will not enter the locker room at the NovaCare Complex without some significant allies.
As a West Virginia University product, Worley arrives with some embedded friendships, including running back Wendell Smallwood, who Worley described as one of his best friends Monday, and receiver Shelton Gibson, his roommate as a freshman at WVU. Worley can also rely on Rasul Douglas, the second-year corner who spent two years in the same secondary room at West Virginia.
"I have a great support system in place and can go to them for whatever I could ask for,” Worley explained.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen