Outside of mistakes, a long snapper tends to be the least recognized person on a football field.
America has gotten to know Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos. His magic act has gotten him all the way to the finals on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
He discovered magic as an outlet during a very tough time in his life. In a New York Daily News story, Dorenbos talks about how it let him not think about some dark days in his childhood after his father was convicted of killing his mother.
Dorenbos said he saw a neighborhood kid doing magic and it was the coolest thing he had ever seen.
“I didn’t realize it then, but looking back as an adult, it was the only time I didn’t worry about everything else in my life,” Dorenbos said to the Daily News. “I didn’t think about my parents, I didn’t think about where I was going to live. I didn’t think about all the crap.”
He is one of the 10 acts remaining that will appear on tonight’s finale. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been screening the show in an auditorium for the team to watch.
He may be Mr. Anonymous on Sundays, but for the summer of 2016 he has become America’s favorite magician.