There were 125 other players selected before Todd Herremans in the 2005 NFL draft.
With the No. 126 overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles took Herremans, an offensive lineman from Saginaw Valley State. It turned out to be a very wise move.
Fast forward to 2014 and Herremans is still an anchor on the Eagles' offensive line. He can play tackle and guard. He recently signed an extension through the 2016 season. His 116 career starts and 119 career games played rank sixth and 11th, respectively, in franchise history for an offensive lineman.
Last season under coach Chip Kelly, the offensive line helped pave the way for an offense which set franchise marks for points scored and total yards.
“I just consider myself blessed to be able to be here and see it all,” Herremans told the Allentown Morning Call. “I think every season has its certain sets of hurdles and adversity, so all seasons are the same in that aspect. It just kind of depends on what the hurdles are.”
Herremans believes he has made the proper adjustments to Kelly's fast-paced offense. He’s prepared for everything this season.
"We all know what to expect, we've all been through it for a year," Herremans told the Morning Call. "Last year at this time, we were installing, putting the offense in and learning certain things on each play ... but now we're able to flow. We're talking about adjustments in our individual periods here (at OTAs) that we made in Week 12 last year. So we have a whole year jump on where we were last year."
Herremans has seen virtually everything in his decade in the NFL. He dealt with injuries early in his career. Just this offseason, he saw the Eagles release three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson in a surprise move.
"I just think that kind of made a statement as to where Chip wants the program to go," Herremans told the Morning Call. "You've just got to roll with it. I wish (Jackson) the best. I personally never had any problems with him. He was a great teammate and a great player. But I'm not in the front office to make these decisions. I'm sure there was more behind it than I saw."