The Eagles welcomed back two of their all time leaders to Lincoln Financial Field last Thursday and neither them were in an Eagles uniform. Getting a ticket was one thing, getting into the stadium was another battle.
As you approached Patterson Ave. to park you were stuck in gridlocked traffic. Parking was a free-for-all. Arriving a little late the parking was closer to I-76 then the stadium.
A pun approaching the stadium you were hit with an awesome energy and were surrounded by easily over one hundred thousand fans who tried to pile into the stadium like sardines. The large cloud waiting to get in the gates was astonishing.
The number “5” and “McNabb” were projected on the side of the stadium. Andy Reid had a warm welcome to Philadelphia. He has done a great job so far coaching the Cheifs to a 3-0 record after having the worst record in the league last year.
The real story of the night was the genuine and heart-felt speech by one of the Eagle’s greats, Donovan McNabb. Brian Dawkins introduced him as McNabb came out of the Eagles tunnel one last time. It was awesome the see the crowd’s reaction and the standing ovation that he recieved thought his entire speech. The thundering roars after his speech and unveiling of his number being retired in the rafters, was well deserved for his service to the Eagles.
Anyway, it was a special night for the Eagles franchise but not for the Eagles on the field.
The Eagles did end up losing to the Cheifs 26-19 and Michael Vick threw two interceptions. But LeSean McCoy rushed for 156 yards. Reid got the Gatorade shower after the game in celebration and an emotional hug with former player Vick after the game.
The Eagles are headed to Denver to play the red hot Broncos this coming Sunday, for Sunday Night Football on FOX.