A 1998 third-round draft pick out of Stephen F. Austin, Jeremiah Trotter averaged 7� tackles a game last year. Trotter's late father, Myra, was a lumberjack in East Texas, and as soon as Jeremiah was big enough to carry an ax, he began helping his father cut timber. Going into last season you never would have mentioned Trotter in the same sentence as All-Pro middle linebackers Junior Seau and Zach Thomas, but now he's the one irreplaceable piece of Philadelphia's defensive puzzle. "Sometimes before a big play in a tough game I say to myself, I've cut too much wood to let this guy block me," says Trotter. "Now I've gotten to the point where I feel no one can block me."