This was a party, the long-awaited unveiling of the 2017 team to the public of football-starved Eagles fans. A late-July Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field proved to be a lovefest with over 23,000 fans in attendance on a sun-splashed and perfect morning in South Philadelphia.
What a beautiful day.
The team held the first of two public practices at Lincoln Financial Field, which was also Military Appreciation Day presented by Dietz and Watson. Who knew what to expect for a practice that was originally scheduled for a day earlier but moved because of weather concerns. It’s a Sunday, you know, and people make weekend plans long in advance and there are Sunday morning rituals that families follow and it is late summer, after all.
But the fans came. And they showered the Eagles with affection. For those players who had experienced fans in this region previously, it was a welcome-back kind of feeling. For those first-time players, it was an energy boost.
“It was great to see all this, to experience all of this,” wide receiver
The Eagles wore full pads for the second time this summer – the first time was Saturday at a closed-to-the-public practice at the NovaCare Complex – and while there was no tackling to the ground, the action was fast and it was physical and it was just … wonderful. It was an event. Eagles football is back, and there is so much to look forward to with this football team.
“I know I’m feeling good about this team and for me, the offense,” tackle
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