Jeffrey Lurie Calls on Football to Be Our “Great Unifier”

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie responded to Donald Trump’s recent comments on NFL players protesting the national anthem by calling on the world’s most-attended sports league to serve as a rallying point for unity in this fractured time for our country.

Trump spoke at a rally in Alabama on Friday in support of Republican Sen. Luther Strange, where he went off the path of politics and took aim at football players protesting the national anthem, as well as the owners who continue to employ them. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!” an impassioned Trump croaked.

You can check out more of The Donald’s seemingly off-the-cuff remarks here:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had this to say:

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

On Sunday, Eagles players stood side-by-side with coaches and front office members during “The Star-Spangled Banner” and locked arms as a sign of unity. Several teams across the league responded in kind to Trump’s comments.

“For me personally, this has been over the last year,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told reporters when asked his thoughts on Trump’s comments following the Birds’ 27-24 win over the Giants on Sunday. “It is nothing different than what I read on social media posts and comments. I think those who have not been involved felt more pressure to get involved at this point. My focus is to continue to bring attention to the issues that we have in this country, specifically what we have in Philadelphia, and how I can use my platform to help in those issues and really strengthen our communities.”

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Jeffrey Lurie’s Long, Strange Trip

Photograph by Chris Crisman

One warm, crystalline July day outside Boston, Jeffrey Lurie stands before his father’s gravestone in order to share his thoughts, to commune with him. Morris Lurie died in 1961, when Jeffrey was nine years old, and Lurie comes to visit him every year. This year, Jeffrey made the trek to Temple Israel Cemetery just before his football team’s preseason got under way.

As always, Lurie silently tells his father how his mother and younger brother and sister are doing, and how much he loves his second wife, Tina. Now, in sharing what he imagines saying to his father, Lurie chokes up a bit: “Which reminds me of him and my mother. I feel that I’m replicating that, and I want him to know that. And I’ll talk to him about the football team. I don’t go through every player, but I’ll let him know how excited I am about the team. … Oh, and I’ll go through my kids” — a daughter and son in their early 20s. “I don’t do much more than that. If a dog passed away … I was really sad about losing Satchel” — named after both Negro League baseball star Satchel Paige and onetime Boston Celtic Satch Sanders. “My other dog I named Wrigley” — after the Chicago Cubs ballpark. “I like the field.” Read more »

Eagles Announce New Charitable Event for Autism Research

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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What Are Realistic Expectations for the Eagles This Season?

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 »

Latest Eagles Hall of Fame Inductee: David Akers

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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 »

Should We Get Behind Jeff Lurie’s Push for the Return of Kelly Green?

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria. Photos by AP

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria. Photos by AP

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made some noise recently when he confirmed, at his annual state-of-the-franchise address, that a leaked rule change proposed (and later rescinded) by the team was put forward with an eye toward reintroducing the classic kelly-green uniforms, last worn full time in 1995.

“I want to see us use kelly green as our alternate and Thursday-night type of uniform. The only thing blocking us is we can’t get the kelly-green helmet yet,” Lurie said on March 28th at the NFL’s owners meeting in Phoenix, making reference to the league’s one-shell rule. “That’s what we’re waiting for.”

Many Birds fans have cheered the idea of the return of the team’s iconic colors of yesteryear — but I’m a bit more skeptical. While I wholeheartedly welcome the idea of bringing back the true Eagles — the colors of Randall Cunningham, Reggie White, and rookie-year Bobby Taylor — what makes the faithful so sure that Lurie would not succumb to a number of tempting mistakes along the road to seeing that back onto the field? Read more »

Eagles-Bengals, Day After: Doug Pederson’s Future

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

CINCINNATI — It’s what Doug Pederson didn’t say that spoke volumes. Even though he admitted the Eagles were undisciplined, acknowledged his team hasn’t handled adversity well and repeated for the second consecutive week that everyone in the locker room needs to look at themselves in the mirror, it was his non-answer to the opening question of the press conference that stood out. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Pederson Passes First Test

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

It was an unexpected sight, as the two men stood in the center of the room with dozens of onlookers.

Doug Pederson had just wrapped up his concluding thoughts in the locker room after the Eagles’ 29-10 win over the Browns. He singled out Carson Wentz, the rookie quarterback who — on this day — made Howie Roseman look like a genius. He singled out the offensive line, who protected the quarterback and — more often than not — gave Wentz plenty of time to deliver dimes. And finally, he singled out the defensive line for pressuring Robert Griffin III, who completed just 12 passes.

But Jeffrey Lurie, standing a few feet away from Pederson in the center of the circle, interrupted to correct the glaring omission of praise. The Eagles’ owner put his hands together as if he were calling a timeout, repeating: “One second.” An Eagles employee handed Lurie a commemorative football, which Lurie then passed onto to Pederson. Read more »

Eagles And the RFID Movement

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

A conversation about Howie Roseman’s power took a left turn. Speaking to reporters at the owners meetings back in March, Jeffrey Lurie used a question about Roseman’s rank to touch on a subject that must have been top of mind — RFID and the surge of Next Gen stats that are altering the NFL landscape.

“When you’re talking about the NFL today and football operations, it’s really a very fast moving field if you understand where we’re at,” said Lurie in one of the grand hallways of the Boca Raton Resort. “We’re not where we were when I bought the team 20 years ago or where the league was 10 years ago. I would say if there’s two positions that have to process information and data quickly and completely, it’s quarterback and it’s head of football operations.

“Just as an example, in May, we’re going to be bombarded finally with the data from RFID. That’s going to revolutionize the sport in the long run.” Read more »

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