Eagles Patriots Super Bowl Football

Philadelphia Eagles' Corey Clement celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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MINNEAPOLIS — Darren Sproles finally has a Super Bowl ring, 13 long years into his illustrious career in the NFL. 

He didn't get a chance to carry the ball or make a catch against the New England Patriots.

But Sproles made an impact anyway. Every play rookie Corey Clement made in Sunday's upset win over the Patriots had Sproles' imprint all over it. 

"That's my guy," Sproles said. "I told him the whole week he was going to have a big game. From us watching film, it was the kind of game for him."

Clement caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, shredding the Patriots out of the backfield the way Sproles used to do in New Orleans. 

When Sproles tore his ACL and broke his arm on the same play in the third game of the season, Clement had to step up in Philadelphia's third-down role, and he leaned on the veteran to get him ready.

"They were coming to me with questions, what I see on film, stuff like that," Sproles said. "I feel like I did a good job with that, preparing them."

Sproles was standing on a chair in the locker room, smiling from ear to ear and celebrating with other veterans and owner Jeffrey Lurie, who came over and told the veteran back how happy he was that the Eagles had gotten him a ring. 

"You know how hard it is to make it to the Super Bowl and actually win it?" Sproles said. "Man, it feels great. I wish I could have been out there with my guys, but this feels great still."

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