Hundreds of thousands of screaming Philadelphia Eagle fans crowded the streets that led the way to the steps that were made famous by the ‘Rocky’ franchise while celebrating the city’s first National Football League Championship. The sea of humanity, all seemingly clad in Eagles green, cheered loudly when the open top buses carrying the Eagles players moved slowly through the crowded streets.
Team owner Jeffrey Lurie worked the crowd into a frenzy with the affirmation “this is for you” in reference to the Lombardi Trophy the team has won. Lurie went on to express his appreciation for the passion of Philly fans and said they were the reason for their team’s success.
Many of the players were just as excited as the fans. Center Jason Kelce made his way along the parade route on foot dressed in a sequined Mummers outfit in a reference to the city’s yearly New Year’s Eve parades. Kelce was seen and heard exchanging high-five’s with the fans and leading a group of fans in an expletive-filled chant that made its way onto the live broadcast.
Defensive end Chris Long, not to be outdone, wore a full-length fur coat over a Philadelphia 76’er Allen Iverson jersey.
Head Coach Doug Pederson held the Lombardi Trophy high for the crowd to see as Lurie held a sign that read “THANK YOU FANS.”
Dan Tarvin, a 29-year-old fan was visibly excited by the high-five he shared with Lurie and team General Manager Howie Roseman. “They’re legends,” Tarvin explained before continuing his praise for the men with words like “immortal,” and “heroes.”
Another fan, Kevin Young, while speaking to CBS News likened the feeling he was experienced to the joy of his wife giving birth to a child.
The parade was the culmination of a joyous week in Philadelphia who celebrated the championship it took the franchise six decades to finally win. The team was led into the game by backup quarterback Nick Foles and emerged victorious over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 by a score of 41-33
The victory was made more joyous due to the fact that not many people outside of the city of Philadelphia thought the team had much of a chance against a Tom Brady and Bill Belichick led Patriots team.