For the first time since 2005, the Philadelphia Eagles are on their way to the Super Bowl. It’s been a long 13 years for a franchise, and a city, that can seemingly solve all of its problems with one parade down Broad Street. Whether or not they end up winning it all, this team will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Since I’ve been on this earth, no team in this city has embodied the fighting spirit and blue-collar work ethic that defines Philadelphia. Sure, the ’04-’05 Eagles won the NFC championship, but that team was supposed to be there. It was their fourth straight NFC championship game, and outside of the Terrell Owens injury which forced him out until the Super Bowl, there was never any real adversity faced by that team. This Eagles team has remained resilient through numerous injuries (namely the front-runner for MVP) that would have broken the spirit of your average team. That attitude starts with your leadership, and Doug Pederson has done an outstanding job. He gets all 53 guys to believe in each other as well as the coaching staff, showing that beyond X’s and O’s, he is a terrific leader of men. Looking even higher up the pecking order, the job that Howie Roseman has done to overhaul this roster in the post-Chip Kelly era has been nothing short of phenomenal. Everything that he has touched has turned to gold, none of his moves more important than trading up to draft Carson Wentz.
This city has had to watch a lot of bad teams recently. The last team to advance in the playoffs were the Sixers back in 2012, and that was only because of the horrific Derrick Rose injury. We have suffered through watching a rapid Phillies decline, Sam Bradford, the Chip Kelly fiasco, the Flyers spin their wheels, every Sixers draft pick get injured, and have now come out on the other side with a thrilling NFC championship. Now, we are one win away from watching this team grab the ultimate prize for the first time in 58 years. Enjoy this Philadelphia, you deserve it.