Jordan Mailata ISN’T the only Aussie on the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl team – here’s why his ex-AFL star countryman could miss out on playing in the biggest game of his life
- Eagles punter Arryn Siposs is injured but could play in big game
- Has been out after freakish play in December vs New York
- Insists he is ready to for the Super Bowl on February 13
Jordan Mailata’s stunning rise from NRL reject to an $88million star for the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles has made headlines – and helped overshadow the fact an Aussie teammate of his could join him in the season’s biggest game.
Former AFL star Arryn Siposs has been the team’s punter since joining the side in 2021 after making his debut for the Detroit Lions the previous year – but unlike Mailata, good luck hasn’t been on his side as Philly won through to the championship match.
The 30-year-old suffered a serious ankle injury on a freakish play against the New York Giants in December, spraining the joint badly when he caught a blocked punt and was smashed off his feet as he ran the ball back.
Siposs (pictured in action against Washington in November last year) is adamant he is fully recovered from his ankle injury and ready to go in the Super Bowl
The Aussie punter was all smiles with wife Rachael after Philadelphia’s big win over the 49ers got them into the year’s biggest game – even though he wasn’t able to contribute on the day
That has kept him off the field ever since and he didn’t play in the Eagles’ 31-7 drubbing of the San Francisco 49ers in Monday’s NFC Championship Game, despite the fact his replacement, Brett Kern, misfired on several punts in the clash.
Now, after missing four games, the former St Kilda player is adamant he’ll be right to go when Philly play in the Super Bowl on February 13.
‘I could have played on the weekend just gone [against the 49ers] but look, [it’s] just a matter of roster movements and things like that which makes it a little bit interesting to get back out there,’ he told SEN Radio.
‘I’m ready to go and looking forward to hopefully being out there in two weeks’ time.
‘I’m not too sure, all I can do is put my [best] foot forward and keep progressing really well in terms of the treatment.’
Mailata was seen crying tears of joy after the Eagles secured their Super Bowl berth and Siposs is full of admiration for his countryman.
‘Jordan and I get along really well, he’s a great person and we’ve built a really good relationship,’ the punter said.
A horror run with injuries – including three shoulder reconstructions in his last three seasons – saw Siposs get delisted by St Kilda when he was just 22
Now he’s on the verge of creating sporting history by joining teammate Jordan Mailata as the first Australians to play in a winning team at the Super Bowl
‘That [winning a Super Bowl] is something we’re looking forward to being able to achieve together.’
Before he was drafted by St Kilda in 2010, Siposs actually received a letter from the ProKick Australia program, which works to get Aussie athletes into American football via the USA’s college system.
He wasn’t at all familiar with gridiron, although he knew about other AFL stars who’d made it in the NFL, like Ben Graham, and proceeded to make his mark in Aussie Rules, playing 28 games for the Saints from 2011 to 2015.
But after having three shoulder reconstructions in his last three years with St Kilda, he got delisted aged just 22 and decided to try making a huge career switch.
He went back to ProKick and made an immediate impression the first time he punted an NFL ball.
Siposs got an offer from Auburn University in 2017, played for them in 2018 and 2019, and was signed by Detroit as an undrafted free agent the following year.
The Lions didn’t put him in any games, however, and he had to wait until a September 2021 game against the Atlanta Falcons to finally make his debut in the NFL.
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