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Former Wootton wide receiver enjoys life as a Super Bowl champion

Mack HollinsMack Hollins. FILE PHOTOFormer Wootton wide receiver Mack Hollins is a Super Bowl champion.
The Rockville native celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Eagles’ rookie wide receiver and special teams contributor earned a Super Bowl ring in his first season on the job. Not a bad way to begin your NFL career.
Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver said he watched the entire game from start to finish and beamed with pride over his former pupil.
“It just shows if you put the hard work and effort into it where you can go,” explained Tolliver, who noted that Hollins took a roundabout way to the NFL.

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Rockville native scores first TD in NFL, Springbrook senior commits to Quinnipiac

Mack HollinsMack Hollins. FILE PHOTO  Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins reeled in a pass from quarterback Carson Wentz and scored on a 64-yard touchdown reception during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
For Hollins, a Rockville native who once played at Wootton, the score marked his first career touchdown as an NFL wide receiver.
I spoke with Hollins in the Eagles locker room following Philadelphia’s 30-17 victory over the Redskins in the season opener at FedEx Field.
Although he didn’t get much playing time that day, he was happy to be back in familiar surroundings.

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Mack Hollins comes home to Rockville

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Mack HollinsPhiladelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins. COURTESY PHOTO  LANDOVER – Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins walked off FedEx Field Sunday with a big smile on his face.

Hollins, a Rockville native, said a few words to Eagles teammate Darren Sproles before heading to the locker room after a hard-fought 30-17 road victory over the Redskins in the regular season opener.

“Just a postgame conversation,” Hollins later admitted.

The Montgomery County product was elated to make his NFL debut at “the crib” amongst friends and family members including his parents, Richard and Karyn Hollins.

“It’s always good when family can come to a game and [you] go see them in the crowd,” said Hollins, a fourth-round selection in April’s NFL Draft.

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MoCo alum finds a home in nearby Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Eagles selected Rockville native Mack Hollins in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last weekend.

Hollins, 23, was the draft’s 118th overall selection and became the first former Wootton player selected in 16 years. In 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Temple offensive lineman Mathias Nkwenti in the fourth round with the 111th overall pick.

During his high school career at Wootton, Hollins went virtually unnoticed on the gridiron and received little interest from major college scouts while sporting the Patriots uniform.

“He was under the radar,” explained Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver, “because he didn’t play his junior year.”

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