Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, Mayor Jim Kenney and representatives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Health stood together on a stage atop the grass of Lincoln Financial Field on Friday to announce a new annual charitable event dedicated to raising funds to advance research and support for Autism Spectrum Disorder – with a lofty goal, too.
The Eagles Autism Challenge features a family-friendly 5K run/walk as well as cycling routes of 15, 30 and 50 miles that will take riders through the city and its suburbs. The running course will shuttle participants through South Philly before ending back at Lincoln Financial Field, which will serve as the finish line for all runners and bikers. Don’t drink too much at the Friday Kick-Off Party the night before the big event, which will be held on May 19, 2018. You can already sign up or just donate here.
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It’s Monday – which typically sucks – but today doesn’t nearly as much because our Iggles really took it to the Redskins in D.C. yesterday. One of my favorite parts of the fall season is how Mondays are invariably better any time the Eagles pull off a win the day before, especially when that victory comes against a bitter division rival like Washington. Everybody’s walking around Philly with a little more pep in their step. (Although Mondays following a loss are especially brutal).
Synonymous with that bump in Monday morale is the long-running promotion at Dunkin’ Donuts where football fans are entitled to one free coffee on the day after wins. For years Eagles fans braved not just the elements, but also long lines, all to receive that free reward in midnight green-stamped Styrofoam. Unfortunately that won’t be the case this season, as Dunkin’ pulled the plug on the beloved free coffee campaign in favor of a new offer tied to its DD Perks program: Read more »
Spadaro at Eagles headquarters in South Philly. Photograph by Christopher Leaman
It’s a Friday afternoon at Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia, and Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro is cozied up to the bar wearing — what else — a team-issued midnight green Nike long-sleeve. With the Birds set to open training camp in three short days, the part of town that worships at the altar of Merrill Reese on Sundays is brimming with optimism — as usual at this time of year, when losses have yet to pile up and the possibility of contending for a championship fills the minds of hopeful fans.
Radio technicians are busy setting up for a broadcast hosted by former Eagles linebacker and special-teams ace Ike Reese — a Pro Bowler during that enchanting yet ultimately dissatisfying run to the Super Bowl following the 2004 regular season. But nobody here in Crabfries Heaven seems to either notice or care. Instead, fans are magnetically drawn to Spadaro, a visually striking man who, over the past 20 years, has become one of the most recognizable faces in the Eagles ecosystem. Read more »
Jon Dorenbos. (Jeff Fusco)
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced today that team doctors have discovered that Jon Dorenbos, the recently acquired longtime Eagles long snapper, requires open-heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.
“This is a pretty serious condition and not only will it require open-heart surgery, but it will require it pretty quickly,” Payton said in a news conference with local reports in Louisiana. “Dr. John Amoss is the one that discovered it and basically saved his life with his findings. They did further tests and evaluations and we met twice yesterday and certainly news like this is a big alert for him.”
You’ll remember that the Eagles traded Dorenbos, the fan favorite who played 11 years in Philadelphia and dazzled national audiences with his skills as a magician on shows like America’s Got Talent and Ellen, to the Saints last week for a future seventh-round draft pick. According to Payton, New Orleans will attempt to rescind this trade because they believe the Birds knew about Dorenbos’s pre-existing condition.
When asked whether Dorenbos had issues with any prior physicals during his time in the NFL, Payton had this to say:
“I can’t speak for Philadelphia or the other teams he’s been with, but I do know that that’s something that came up on our physical and there is a blessing to it in some ways regarding him. I mean finding an aneurysm this size is something that will require immediate surgery and credit Dr. Amoss, who was the first one that caught the red flag.”
Why didn’t the Birds medical staff know the issue with Dorenbos was this serious, if Bowen is correct? Somebody has some ‘splaining to do, but let’s all say a prayer that Jon makes it through this and comes back home to Philly where he belongs.
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Photo by Philadelphia Eagles – Kiel Leggere.
For most living in the Philadelphia area, Labor Day weekend signifies the unofficial end of summer and the Shore season. Kiss it goodbye, folks – it’s gone. The weather teases us during this time of year, doesn’t it? Showing those faint signs of cooling to the comfortably brisk depths of the true beginning of the fall season at the end of the month. With school being out forever (and not just for summer) for yours truly, the real unceremonious start of fall is always the Eagles season opener. The leaves don’t change until the Birds hit the field, in my mind. Read more »
Just in time for Sunday’s season opener against the Redskins in Washington, the Eagles released their 2017 hype video today on all of their social media channels. The 2-minute reel of highlight clips and tough, smashmouth football language is narrated by none other than diehard Birds fan and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney.
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Terrell Owens, Jason Smith and Eric Dickerson.
Looks like Terrell Owens hasn’t learned to stop running his mouth in his old age.
The 43-year-old former Eagle (AND hated Dallas Cowboy – NEVER forget it) went on the radio with FOX Sports’ Jason Smith and told Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson that he believes he still has what it takes to play wide receiver in the NFL “no question.” Check out what that idiot had to say: Read more »
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A kicker in the Eagles Hall of Fame? Really? Yes, really.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced at an event on Wednesday night that the latest inductee into the Eagles Hall of Fame will be David Akers, the franchise’s all-time leader in points scored. After bouncing around the league before ultimately sticking with the Birds in 1999, Akers played 12 seasons in midnight green and appeared in more games than any other Eagle in history. Read more »
Photo by Kiel Leggere/Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles announced the surprising trade of long snapper and Wing Bowl commissioner Jon Dorenbos to the New Orleans Saints late on Monday night – a puzzling move that has left the fan base questioning why the Birds would move on from one of their most beloved players for just a measly seventh-round pick in 2019. Read more »
After spending the summer working as a coaching intern under former Eagles boss Andy Reid in Kansas City, Michael Vick has joined a new team.
The polarizing former Birds quarterback admitted to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter that he would love to coach in the NFL one day, but you won’t find the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year back on the sidelines this season. Instead, Vick – who famously spent 18 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to dogfighting charges in 2007 – will be in the FOX Sports studio providing NFL analysis from a former player’s perspective. Read more »