"The Eagles won the Super Bowl."
I must have said that out loud a hundred times last night.
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I didn't know if those words would ever be true. But now they are. So I'll say it again. The Eagles won the Super Bowl and the city of Philadelphia rejoiced unlike ever before. I know I did.
The confidence in Philly going into the game terrified me. The nerves and anxiety I experienced last night were unlike anything I can remember. I was a mess. I didn't really know if we were going to win. I had bad feelings at times watching Tom Brady torch us. We all did. But the Eagles found a way. That's not to say I doubted them. I knew they could do it, I just couldn't believe it until it was real.
Philadelphia will never forget this moment. We were just treated to some of the best memories of our lives. I've got a few.
I'll remember never being so nervous for anything in my entire life. The anxiety. My heart. The hype video didn't help.
I'll remember Nick Foles catching a touchdown and thinking to myself that maybe the sporting gods were with us tonight. Dude was throwing dimes.
I'll remember thinking, multiple times, how much I love Malcolm Jenkins. And how freakin' gutsy and beautiful Doug Pederson is. Alshon making the incredible happen. Zach Ertz on the podium shouting out what Philadelphia would have done if they overturned his touchdown. Guys were ballin'.
I'll remember hating Cris Collinsworth and pacing the room over those stupid reviews.
I'll remember the football being batted around near Gronk, hanging in the air, and finally hitting the ground.
I'll remember jumping up and down in my living room like an insane person.
I'll remember the parade of green people growing block by block, E-A-G-L-E-S chants growing louder and louder, and finally turning into a sea of smiling faces as we reached Broad Street.
I'll remember my sister Kaitlin taking photos of the shiny green bulbs on the pilgrimage down Pine. I'll remember high-fiving lunatics hanging out of car windows with football helmets on.
I'll remember the beautiful fireworks echoing off the buildings with tens of thousands of buzzed fans lighting up underneath.
I'll remember FaceTime-ing my brother Mike and nephew Julian from Broad Street, making sure they got a taste of the mayhem.
I'll remember the congratulatory texts from everyone who knows what this means to us Eagles fans, including my friends from college in Boston. They know we needed it.
I'll remember my wife Allison leading hundreds in front of the Kimmel Center in "Fly, Eagles, Fly."
I'll remember the guy with a 30-pack of Natty Light standing on the median making best friends with my 63-year-old dad.
I'll remember my peeps from Fishtown and Point Breeze showing up at my door at 1:00 am because the bars along Broad Street closed and the celebration needed to go on. Also, real talk: they needed our bathroom. I'll remember Dreams and Nightmares and Hall and Oates on repeat.
I'll remember lying in bed with a beer at 3:30 in the morning reading tweets, watching celebration videos, and thinking I'll remember the moment forever.
I'll remember all the "GO BIRDS!" and the camaraderie in the city of Philadelphia on social media.
I'll remember hugging my dad when the game clock struck zero and it actually happened.
"We did it."
I've got all these great new memories. All because the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
Here are some of the other sights and sounds from a Super Bowl celebration we'll never forget.
Nick Foles caught a touchdown. On 4th down. In the Super Bowl. Never forget.
I loved this line from Ertz:
Ray Didinger getting emotional is everything:
Jason Kelce with his Chase Utley moment:
Nick is going on vacation.
This moment between Carson Wentz and Nick. "Wow."
This bit from the Assoicated Press quoting MY DAD:
Rick Campitelli, 63, who came into the city to watch the game with his son, said he wished his father-in-law could have been alive to see this moment.
"This is the greatest," said Campitelli, wearing the jersey of Wilbert Montgomery, the former Eagles running back to whom he once sold insurance. "I was hoping they would do it before I died, and they did it."
Cops loving life:
We didn't just climb poles:
Beau Allen with the tweet of the morning:
Yo I had the craziest dream last night— Beau Allen (@Beau_Allen) February 5, 2018
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid getting in on the Philly love:
"WE UP NEXT!" Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid says the Sixers are up next and he's excited for the city of Philadelphia after the Eagles Super Bowl win! The Eagles were undefeated in games Embiid attended this year. #TrustTheProcess
MORE: https://t.co/jUnTt2Gt0s pic.twitter.com/PSKpx8AjXi— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) February 5, 2018
Just some band dudes hanging out a window playing the Eagles fight song.
This. Was. Awesome.
Five stories up, some students at the University of the Arts broke out some brass instruments last night and led Broad Street in the Eagles' fight song pic.twitter.com/qPfz7ndOqY— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 5, 2018
I mean, when is it not fun to love the Phanatic:
Just remembered this dude on top of the SEPTA thing was just pouring booze into people's mouths but mostly just on their faces #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/dt38meicKX— Enrico (@The700Level) February 5, 2018