Along with a Super Bowl MVP, the Eagles now have an ArenaBowl MVP on their roster.
The Eagles on Saturday afternoon signed wide receiver Darius Prince and waived defensive tackle Adam Reth. Prince earned ArenaBowl XXX MVP honors with five catches for 27 yards and two touchdowns in the Soul's 44-40 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm last year.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Prince has come a long way in the last year. After making his AFL debut in the 2017 playoffs, the 28-year-old had a league-high 89 catches, 1,024 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns this past season in just 12 games. Before joining the Soul, Prince played for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.
"My first thought was how thankful I am to the Lord for giving me this opportunity," Prince said in a statement. "Then I thought about everything I've been through. I started at the bottom and now I am signing a contract with the Super Bowl champs, it's really a surreal feeling."
Prince has an interesting background. The McKeesport, Pennsylvania, native didn't play college football, and was a basketball player at Penn State-Greater Allegheny and Penn State-Beaver.
The Eagles last signed a Soul player in 2016, when they added defensive end Jake Metz, who did not make the final roster.
"We're incredibly proud of Darius," Soul president John Adams said. "He is a great ambassador of the Soul brand and we wish him all the best on this next stop of his career."
In all likelihood, Prince won't be with the Eagles for long. The team has to cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, and currently has 13 wide receivers on the roster.