You probably remember Emmanuel Acho more for his Twitter exploits than for anything he ever did on a football field. That was the case once again over the weekend when another former Eagle had a huge game for the Patriots in their win over the Houston Texans in the AFC playoffs.
Oh, and former Philadelphia Eagles decision maker Joe Banner was also involved.
All of it started because Dion Lewis, a one-time Eagles running back drafted in the 5th round in 2011, scored three TDs in a variety of ways on the Patriots way to another AFC title game.
To think, I got traded for #DionLewis back in 2013.... someone needs to be fired for that. He a beast!
#NFL #Patriots— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) January 15, 2017
I traded you for Dion and got fired. Go figure ! Hope you are well. https://t.co/bVpX0uBUEo— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) January 15, 2017
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Ha. I'm eternally grateful you got me out of Cleveland! https://t.co/XVA1NVHS9q— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) January 16, 2017
The joke here is that Banner -- then with the Browns -- was on the winning end of the Lewis-for-Acho trade and was himself eventually fired from his job in Cleveland. But hey, at least Acho got out of that awful city.
Lewis has battled injury for much of his career and hasn't exactly been the second coming of LeSean McCoy but he's yet another case of the Bill Belichick Patriots finding a player who had floundered with other teams only to flourish in big moments in New England.
And Joe Banner may have seen that potential early on.