Philadelphia Eagles fans: The classless hoard

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Nick Foles (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Nick Foles (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

It only takes a few Philadelphia Eagles fans to make all of them look bad. After winning Super Bowl 52, now is the time to show some class.

For years, Philadelphia Eagles fans have been given a bad rap, but for good reason. The video of fans acting abhorrently after defeating the Minnesota Vikings is out there for the entire world to see. I saw the Eagles lose to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV. I am not a fan of the Raiders and have never pulled for them, but you will never catch me acting like this toward any opposing team.

Things like this go on at practically every stadium, though maybe not to the same degree. But right now, the Eagles and their fans are in the spotlight. The media is having a field day with all the opportunities that Philly fans are giving them to report poor behavior.

My best guess is that most Eagles fans are not like this. However, with the age of a video recording device in the hands of virtually everyone, poor behavior gets posted for the world to see. To the world, all Eagles fans are like this and the evidence is right in your face — even if it’s an untrue generalization. And video is damning.

I am a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan and have stuck by them during the dark times of the 1986 season with a record of 5-11 and the really dark season of 3-13 of 1998. (I still have nightmares…) And during what I like to call the “Golden Age” years of former Philadephia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb we had a lot to cheer about.

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So my plea to all Philadelphia Eagles fans: Act like this isn’t the first time your favorite team has been to the Super Bowl. Because it isn’t. This is the first one they have won. Don’t taint it with classes acts. Enjoy this moment. And get some practice in for next year when we return to Super Bowl LIII.