Montana Couser, Howard University News Service
Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrated the teams first Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots on Thursday at the Eagles Super Bowl parade.
The Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on February 4 in Minneapolis.
Spirits were high as an estimated 700,000 fans were in attendance. Many fans were shocked by the Eagles perseverance this season, especially after Quarterback’s Carson Wentz knee injury.
Fans embraced the term “underdog” by running through the streets of Philadelphia barking and wearing dog masks. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks even jumped off of the float he was on to interact with fans. The crowd got so excited that they knocked down a barricade and Kendricks proceeded to run into the crowd to take pictures.
Some Eagles fans traveled from across the country to engage in this monumental occasion. Actor, Phil Snyder, native to Philadelphia recently moved to the West Coast but once the Eagles won the Super Bowl, he made it a point to come home and rejoice.
“I bought a ticket home to watch the game with my family and ever since Sunday night, I’ve been in shock. And I knew it was no way I could miss the parade, so for once I had to put work on the side,” Snyder said.
Philadelphia public schools and surrounding colleges were closed on Thursday. Nicole Kenney, a senior at Temple University, was among many students out in the crowd celebrating the win.
“I’m really happy we won because it finally gives the city a chance to come together because usually, it’s for bad reasons, so this was really refreshing and I’m enjoying the vibes,” Kenney said.
Eagles players took to the Art Museum steps to say a few words. Jason Kelce gave a ferocious speech while rocking a Mummers costume from a New Year’s Day parade held in Philadelphia.
Kelce’s speech acknowledged head coach Doug Pederson’s capabilities.
“When Doug Pederson was hired, he was rated as the worst coaching hire by a lot of freaking analysts out there in the media. This past offseason, some clown … told him that he was the least-qualified head coach in the NFL! Doug Pederson! The man who went for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl with a trick play! He wasn't playing just to be mediocre. He's playing for a Super Bowl.”
Kelce closed out his speech with a bang using the 'F-bomb.' “To all those people that doubted us, to all those people who counted us out and to everybody who said we couldn't get it done: What my man Jay Ajayi just said: “F— you!”
This parade was one to remember for Eagles fans and they hope to see a Super Bowl win again next season.