Fly. Eagles. Fly.
I cannot seem to get enough. Something magical was in the air on the evening of Sunday, February 4, that brought the best of the best on the field and created the iconic Philly Special. Excellent clock management, tough calls, and big decisions showed talent from all aspects of the game: offense, defense, and coaching staff.
The night was exhilarating and the absolute buzz and thrill in the air around the city is actually indescribable.
This post, however, is not about those moments. Those who bleed green understand and feel the pride and gratitude electrifying the city. We knew that feeling would be surreal as the Underdogs became the Wonderdogs.
More impressive and noteworthy in this moment for me is the sportsmanship and faith displayed by the Eagles organization. They have demonstrated responsibility as world class athletes and represented the city of Brotherly Love with respect, courage, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Teachable moments surround my home daily. I try to capitalize on them when I have the chance.
This week, the talk of the game has made these teachable moments easy to find. Not shaking your opponents hand? I would not tolerate that as a mother in a junior wrestling match, let alone on a national stage. Listening to the announcers who tried to downplay the talent and openly doubt the outstanding athleticism displayed by the Philadelphia Eagles was hard to explain to my children, too. Teachable moments.
It’s about character, integrity, and the small failures that lead to great success. Winning with humility and losing with passion and dignity are challenging concepts to teach.
Championship games excite cities, invigorate many, and inspire more. This championship can also assist us in teaching our children about the values of courage, determination, perseverance, and sportsmanship.
To Nick Foles, Doug Pederson, Corey Clement, Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Chris Long, and the entire Eagles organization, thank you for helping my children understand how to win with grace and respect. Thank you for exciting the city. Thank you for the memories! My heart bleeds green with pride and gratitude over a well-deserved season and incredible victory.