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Former Eagles player Jorrick Calvin excited about Philly return

He's now a defensive back for the Chicago Rush.

JORRICK CALVIN was a decent kick returner for the Eagles in 2010. He was active for 12 games, the Eagles won eight.

Though he now toils for Chicago in the Arena Football League, Philadelphia will always be a special place in his heart. The Rush (4-2) hosts the Soul (2-3) tonight (8 o'clock, no TV).

"I loved being in Philly," said Calvin, who was acquired in a trade with the Cardinals at the start of the 2010 season. "It hurt me when I got let go. But I know it's a business."

There's no punting in the AFL, so Calvin's primary focus is at defensive back. He has three interceptions in six games, and his 48.5 tackles leads the league.

Calvin averaged 10.4 yards in punt returns and 21.6 on kickoffs. He had two touchdowns called back, including a 102-yard opening kickoff return against the Texans on national television. Clay Harbor committed a holding penalty.

Even if it's not the big leagues, Calvin looks forward to the Rush's return trip on July 6 at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I can't wait to play in front of the Philly fans again," he said. "I'm an Eagles fan now, still have a jersey with my name on it. I could never thank [Andy Reid] enough for the opportunity he gave me."

- Ed Barkowitz